(11) And white robes were given unto every one of them; and it was said unto them, that they should rest yet for a little season, until their fellowservants also and their brethren, that should be killed as they were, should be fulfilled.
As the vision of the sixth seal continues, John sees the martyred saints receiving white robes as they wait for the Lord’s judgment against those who have mistreated them. What do these white robes symbolize? Two different aspects of righteousness:
- God’s righteousness that is given to all who have been saved.
- The martyr’s works of righteousness as they remained faithful to the Lord in the midst of opposition and abuse.
What a very important lesson for each one of us! These robes of righteousness symbolize for us to two great responsibilities that God gives to mankind:
First of all, they remind us of the responsibility to turn from our sins and turn to Christ accepting Him as our Lord/Saviour through faith.
In doing so, the Lord graciously takes from us our guilt and shame and gives to us His eternal righteousness. It is this righteousness that makes us acceptable in God’s sight and enables us to enjoy fellowship now, and in the eternity to come.
Secondly, these white robes remind us of our responsibility to honor and glorify the Lord with our lives by serving Him in spirit and truth.
Once we have received His righteousness, out of a heart of appreciation and love for Him, we commit ourselves to glorify Him in all areas of our lives. This is done through the possession and exercise of Godly motives and attitudes, Godly speech and Godly actions.
Folks, when we stand in His presence will we by clothed in dirty, filthy rags of sin?
But we are all as an unclean thing, and all our righteousnesses are as filthy rags; and we all do fade as a leaf; and our iniquities, like the wind, have taken us away. Isa 64:6 KJV
Or, will we be covered with the white robes of righteousness?
“And he answered and spake unto those that stood before him, saying, Take away the filthy garments from him. And unto him he said, Behold, I have caused thine iniquity to pass from thee, and I will clothe thee with change of raiment.” Zec 3:4 KJV
After coming to Christ will we commit ourselves to wear robes of righteous works to glorify Him?
“It was granted her to clothe herself with fine linen, bright and pure”— for the fine linen is the righteous deeds of the saints.” Rev 19:8 ESV
These are the great questions that face all of mankind. What is our answer to each questions? Our eternal destiny and rewards are based upon the decisions we make in these matters.
As we begin our New Year may we all consider these issues and commit ourselves to Christ as our Lord, Savior and the One we desire to honor with our lives.
For an in depth look at these sections of the Revelation:
Seals 1-4: http://wp.me/pU88A-3TJ
Next weeks’ posting – Seals 5-6: http://wp.me/pU88A-3Uc