After these things I looked, and behold, a great multitude which no one could number, of all nations, tribes, peoples, and tongues, standing before the throne and before the Lamb, clothed with white robes, with palm branches in their hands,
Those beautiful creatures John saw in heaven were just human beings, they were humans who had been clothed with Jesus Christ. They are shining with a beauty that nothing in this world can rival, they are radiating Christ Himself. The amazing thing is that we who know Christ, are already clothed with these garments, we have put on Christ and are now different from the rest of the world. Jonathan Edwards speaks of these beautiful garments when speaking of the radiance of God’s glory seen in Christ. Here is what he had to say.
“Galatians 3:27 says, “For as many of you as are baptized into Christ have put on Christ.” Christ is a robe to them, not only to cover their nakedness but to adorn and beautify them. And if it be as we have heard in the doctrine that Christ is the brightness of the glory of God or the shining forth of his glory, then doubtless they who have put on Christ are thereby rendered most acceptable in the eyes (of God) for they don’t appear in their own worthiness.”
Let’s face it, we all like new clothes. They make us feel different, and sometimes, we even act a little differently. They somehow lead us to put on a new personality. All of us remember hearing the little child say “watch how fast I can run in these new shoes”. We have always wanted to put on a “costume” and be turned into superman. That is kind of what happens when we put on Christ. Not only do we become beautiful in the Father’s eyes, we take on the nature of Christ. Somehow, we begin to act like Him. There is a new joy, a greater peace, an unusual patience, and humility that is quite incredible. We don’t have to wait until we die to be clothed with these beautiful, heavenly garments, we can put on Christ today. What can we do? Heed the words of the Apostle Paul, “Put on the Lord Jesus Christ and make no provision for the lusts of the flesh”.