Human beings were originally made in the image and likeness of God, clothed with His Spirit. But when the first male and female were tricked by a subtle lie, they lost their divine nature and spiritual clothing, and tried to cover their nakedness with leaves.
But God in his mercy clothed them with animal skins, reflecting they had fallen to an animal nature. Their lack of pure spiritual clothing meant hard labor, suffering, enmity between men and women, pain, wars, conflicts, violence, sexual immorality, disease, disorders, and man-made religions that could only offer fruit from satan’s tree of the knowledge of good and evil. God in His great Goodness and Mercy could not allow human beings to eat of the tree of life and live forever in a place where evil could exist.
In the fullness of time, the image and likeness of God was restored through Jesus’ finished work of the Cross. He became the Lamb of God to take away sin, deliver us from the dominion of darkness and transfer us into the kingdom of the beloved Son of God. When we come to Christ, yoke, learn, and rest again in our Father, he can send us His Spirit and fire to work in us, and clothe us once again so we no longer need to fall short of the glory.
We give everything: spirit and soul and body and life to Christ Jesus and he gives us:
- his spiritual white garments to clothe us with his righteousness and salvation and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit and love and compassion and wisdom and power
- his spiritual gold refined by fire to be a lampstand within for the lamp of the Lamb to be our light of his presence; the fire surrounding us making us holy to the Lord
- his spiritual eye anointing to see and behold the glory, to change into his likeness, that comes from the Lord who is the Spirit now
Christ’s Light of Life and Spirit is the new clothing sent from God our Father to cover us and restore the image of God; the gold refined by fire within restores the likeness; eyes to see the glory changes us into the likeness from glory to glory, so we can identify with Christ, as a son of God led by the Holy Spirit, a citizen of heaven on earth, and a new bride united with God through marriage to the King of Glory, a royal sovereign, united with the Lamb of God as wife of the Lamb, one Blood and one Spirit with Jesus, a member of the household of God now and forever and ever.
“Lo, I am coming like a thief! Blessed is he who is awake, keeping his garments that he may not go naked and be seen exposed!” Revelation 16:15 (RSV as always)
“The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly. I am the good shepherd…there shall be one flock, one shepherd” John 10:10-16
Only Jesus can take your sin and give you His righteousness. Naked is clothed with sin, the absence of the Spirit of God. Clothed with the Holy Spirit and fire is righteousness, holiness, godliness, united with Christ Jesus, keeping you from the tribulation and torment and fire of wrath coming when the Door finally closes, and the unwise find themselves without the Eternal Bridegroom.