Filling of believers with God’s righteousness as one of the benefits described in the beatitudes

Growing Our Harmony – Part 2
Fine Linen

Scripture Reading: Revelation 19:6-8

Key Verse: Revelation 19:7-8

Let us rejoice and be glad and give him glory!
For the wedding of the Lamb has come, and his bride has made herself ready. Fine linen, bright and clean, was given her to wear.” (Fine linen stands for the righteous acts of the saints.)

Anyone who reads the book of Revelation in the Bible will probably struggle to understand all the symbols and analogies. In today’s passage we have another analogy, but here it is given a clear interpretation. It is as if John, the writer, did not want this one misunderstood. It is important to grasp this. A wedding is used to describe what it will be like when Jesus unites with all those who have believed in Him and followed Him. A great banquet is held, with all the tables being adorned with linen. John, through the inspiration of God’s Spirit in him, painted a great visual for us. The last phrase in verse eight gives the clear understanding of this scene: “Fine linen stands for the righteous acts of the saints.”

We’ve been talking about the filling of believers with God’s righteousness as one of the benefits described in the beatitudes. The Bible is clear that this filling has great purpose in our present world for Christ followers to pass along “righteous acts” to those around them. The Apostle Paul writes about this as well:

Ephesians 4:12 – to prepare God’s people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up. When God’s Kingdom is complete and all true believers have received their eternal rewards, Heaven will be decorated with reminders of the righteous acts of God’s people while they lived in this present world.

Father, flow through me today…let your righteousness take form in my words and service to those I come in contact with today. In Jesus’ name, amen.