Verse 8 (NASB)
International Version God's WordTM
8. And it was given to her to clothe herself in
bright and clean; for the fine linen is the righteous acts of the
And it was given to her to clothe herself in fine linen,
bright and clean;
The BRIDE is permitted to be dressed in a bright and clean fine linen
wedding dress. More than that, to be able to be the BRIDE, she must be
dressed like this (Matthew
22:1-14). John confirms that she truly is dressed like this (Revelation 21:2).
This also signifies the priestly role that the BRIDE will play (Revelation 1:6 and Revelation
5:10). In the Old Testament, the priest's robe or ephod was
fine twisted linen (Exodus
28:1-6-43). The material of the ephod is symbolic of:
"An Exposition of The Revelation of Jesus Christ", Ella A. Rust,
Jesus Christ is both the GROOM and
High Priest (Hebrews
9:11-14) and is dressed like this (Revelation
19:11-14). If the groom and BRIDE are to be a married couple,
she, too, must be pure and clean (2
for the fine linen is THE RIGHTEOUS ACTS of THE
What are the characteristics of these RIGHTEOUS ACTS?
There is a paradox here. We cannot be saved (or become the BRIDE) by
works (RIGHTEOUS ACTS) (Ephesians
2:8-10). Salvation only happens by faith in Christ Jesus
Yet here at the marriage feast, what we are wearing is what we did
(RIGHTEOUS ACTS) after we accepted Christ by faith.
- They are the result of exercising faith, e.g.
3:21-28 and Romans
- They are performed in the power of the Holy Spirit by
4:17-30 and Romans
- They are the effect, not the cause, of being in
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