Reflecting on Exodus 28: Aaron and his sons must be clothed in glory and beauty in order to minister in the tabernacle-their natural infirmity must be covered over by “cunning” and “curious” workmanship. When Adam and Eve fell, God had to clothe them before sending them out to take dominion over the cursed earth. When the priests, the fallen sons of Adam and Eve, enter back into the Tabernacle (which clearly manifested Garden imagery) they must be covered/clothed by God before entering into this liturgical service. God must beautify us before letting us into the sanctuary. The priests must be sanctified and glorified through artistic means before they step up onto the altar.
In contrast, Christ (our great High Priest), was stripped naked on the high altar of the cross. He had no natural infirmity which needed to be covered over. Though all the burning shame of our sins were imputed to him in that moment, still the glory of his sinless flesh shone forth in that glorious nakedness. Perhaps we obtain glimpses of that sinless state in the covenantal union of marriage–a taste of the Garden of Eden–of the coming eschaton when we shall shine in all the glory of Christ’s righteousness. 2 Chronicles 6:41 “… let thy priests, O Lord God, be clothed with salvation, and let thy saints rejoice in goodness.”
God has now, already, clothed us with righteousness (Ro. 13:14; Gal. 3:27). In heaven, we will wear white robes of Christ’s beautiful righteousness. We will be perfect works of art.