Robes of Glory

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.


3 thoughts on “Robes of Glory

  1. This seems consistent with 1 Corinthians 11, where women are “clothed” with long hair since they are the image of men… in the presence of God in worship this adornment marks their recognition that their relation to God, and not their relation to men, is what glorifies them.

  2. Interresting connection between Jesus and the priest of the old testament but I believe Jesus also wore a robe. A robe of sin placed up him by the sins of the world but it was turned to grory in his sacrifices to for Gods glory for his redeeming power in the world. His picture of love for people in bearing this “robe” of sin shows the charity God shows towards even the greatest sinners.

  3. That’s right, Matthew, Jesus took the sins of the world (however you define that) upon himself on the cross. The great thing about Scripture is how many different ways we can look at the same truth. God always has more for us!

    And, Josh, you’re on to something with a woman’s long hair and glory. I’m not sure I understand even the surface of what Paul is saying there …

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