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Tuesday | 31 May 2016
When we are baptised into the death of Christ, we are also made adequate to serve as priests in the temple of His corporate body. The most fundamental requirement of service and participation in the house of God is to be clothed appropriately. Regarding priestly garments, Yahweh said to Moses, ‘They shall be on Aaron and on his sons when they enter the tent of meeting, or when they approach the altar to minister in the holy place, so that they do not incur guilt and die. It shall be a statute forever to him and to his descendants after him.’ Although we are not sons and daughters of Aaron, we have been called to be a kingdom of priests. This is according to the order of Melchizedek. Like Aaron and his sons, we also must be clothed appropriately for participation in the priestly activities of Christ’s house.
Priestly garments symbolise a person’s mandate, or authority, for serving God. On this point, Isaiah eloquently stated the dilemma for every believer. ‘For all of us have become like one who is unclean, and all our righteous deeds are like a filthy garment.’ Our own righteous deeds are motivated by the other law within us. And while our aspirations for serving God may be admirable, they do not achieve the righteousness of God. They are filthy garments that need to be removed and replaced.
Through baptism, we are able to put off the pursuit of our own righteousness, and put on the garment of Christ’s priesthood. This is what Paul meant when he wrote, ‘For all of you who were baptised into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ’. Being clothed with Christ has two implications for us. Firstly, we are able to priest, or present, ourselves as a living sacrifice that is holy and acceptable to God. Secondly, we are brought into His corporate priesthood as a member of His body.
"They shall be on Aaron and on his sons when they enter the tent of meeting, or when they approach the altar to minister in the holy place, so that they do not incur guilt and die. It shall be a statute forever to him and to his descendants after him.
and He has made us to be a kingdom, priests to His God and Father--to Him be the glory and the dominion forever and ever. Amen.
For all of us have become like one who is unclean, And all our righteous deeds are like a filthy garment; And all of us wither like a leaf, And our iniquities, like the wind, take us away.
For all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ.
Therefore I urge you, brethren, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies a living and holy sacrifice, acceptable to God, which is your spiritual service of worship.
Let us behave properly as in the day, not in carousing and drunkenness, not in sexual promiscuity and sensuality, not in strife and jealousy. (14) But put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh in regard to its lusts.