HH, Sir Godfrey Gregg D.Div
“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 the change of raiment.” (Zechariah 3:4).
For Paul, every exercise of the Christian life was simply the grace of Jesus Christ imparted to him and lived out by him, so that holiness was to put on the Lord Jesus and all the robes of His perfect righteousness which he loves to describe so often in his beautiful epistles.
In Colossians 3:12 Paul speaking, “Put on, therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved,” he says to the Colossians, “bowels of mercies, kindness, humbleness of mind, meekness, long-suffering“; and, “above all these things, put on love which is the bond of perfectness.” None of these things is regarded as intrinsic qualities in us, but as imparted graces from the hand of Jesus.
And even in the later years of his life, and after the mature experience of a quarter of a century we find him exclaiming, “I count all things but loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus, my Lord; for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and count them but refuse, that I might win Christ and be found in Him.“ Philippians 3:8
Lord, enable us today to go out, clothed in Thy robes of perfect righteousness and with our hearts in adjustment with Thy perfect love. Grant us the strength and courage to continue serving and living for You, our God of this heaven and earth.