Are not Antonyms
Any Woman Can Make Herself Truly Beautiful
by Marshall "Rusty"
and Julie Entrekin
Just as most men want to be
considered strong, most women want to be considered
beautiful. But in the same way that men can go
overboard in the pursuit of strength by taking steroids,
spending too much time at the gym, and flexing muscles for
hours in front of the mirror, a woman can overdo it, too.
Just as a muscle-bound weightlifter with excessively
bulging "vains" (pun intended) may seem less
attractive to a woman, a woman who places too much emphasis
on her outward appearance actually strikes most godly men as
Why is this? What is
there about the nature of beauty that makes this so?
Although people will express
all kinds of opinions about what is right and wrong, true
moral standards come from God. An adulterer and
adulteress may try to rationalize their relationship and say
it is not wrong, but deep in their hearts feel guilty.
Why? Because inwardly, they sense that they are
violating one of God's moral standards. Likewise, did
you know that the true standards of beauty come from God?
When a woman puts too much emphasis on outward appearance,
we somehow know that she has violated one of God's standards
of beauty. If then, a woman wants to be truly beautiful
(and have those around her intuitively recognize it), then
she must adhere to God's standards of beauty.
Just what are God's
standards of beauty? When the Apostle Paul, a senior
missionary, wrote to the junior missionary Timothy, he gave
Timothy instructions that he was to pass on to the members
of the church he left behind. Among these instructions
that Paul gave to Timothy is a real gem, a verse that tells
us what God's standards of beauty are:
I Timothy 2:9-10 Likewise, I want
women to adorn themselves with proper clothing, modestly
and discreetly, not with braided hair and gold or pearls
or costly garments; but rather by means of good works as
befits women making a claim to godliness. (NASB)
Notice that Paul began this instruction with "I want women to
adorn themselves." It is natural for a woman to want to
adorn herself, as we see women exhibiting this inclination in
past and present cultures throughout the world. God is
not against all adornment. But He does want women to adorn
Imagine a woman claiming to
be qualified for an executive secretarial position showing
up for the job interview in a maid's apron. Or a
pastor, asserting that he knows how to conduct a formal
wedding, showing up for the ceremony in overalls.
Both of these people have shown up for the occasion dressed
improperly. The way that they are dressing causes us to
suspect that their claim is false. Women who make a
claim to godliness - who claim to be truly born again - can
also dress in a way that matches their claim, or that makes us
Do you make a claim to godliness? Do you claim to be a
sincere disciple of Jesus? Then there are ways to
dress that befit your claim - and ways to dress that do
not. Let's look at each one of them.
First of all, the Apostle Paul instructed, godly women ought
to dress modestly The Greek word that is
translated "modestly" in this verse is the word kosmeeos.
It refers to a decent or seemly arrangement. Some Bible
versions therefore translate this word "decently," and this
also accurately conveys the sense of the word.
How does a woman adorn herself modestly and decently?
The very first book of the Bible, Genesis, tells us that
after Adam and Eve ate from the forbidden tree "the eyes of
them both were opened, and they knew that they were naked; and
they sewed fig leaves together, and made themselves
aprons." Adam and Eve wanted to cover themselves, and
God approved of this impulse, because He gave them more
durable clothing, coats made of animal skins:
Genesis 3:21 Unto Adam also and to
his wife did the LORD God make coats of skins, and clothed
The Hebrew word translated
coat here referred to a shirt-like robe with sleeves.
The same Hebrew word is used to refer to Joseph's coat of
many colors, and to the garments worn by king David's
daughters. And so the coats God made for Adam and Eve
probably had sleeves, covering their shoulders and at least
a portion of their arms. They also covered their chests,
their abdomens, their buttocks, and as we can reasonably
conclude from another verse below, would have also extended
over their thighs. And so we see that God established the
principle of covering one's nakedness very early, before He
sent Adam and Eve out into the fallen world.
At this time, thorns had not
yet sprung up (although they would soon enough), so Adam and
Eve did not yet need long garments to protect them from
sharp, rough and prickly plants. Nor did they need
these coats to protect them from the cold, for the
temperature in the geographic area of the garden of Eden was
so mild that previously, they required no clothing. So why
did God give them garments that covered them so well? Was it
not for the sake of modesty - to meet Adam's and Eve's
desire to cover themselves?
In our modern society, may
of us have lost this sense of natural modesty that Adam and
Eve felt. But in Bible times, even ungodly pagan women
still retained this sense of modesty. For instance, when God
decided that it was time to judge the Babylonians for their
sins, part of the shame that the Babylonian women had to
endure as captive slaves was being forced to partially
Isaiah 43:1 "Come down and sit in
the dust, O virgin daughter of Babylon; Sit on the ground
without a throne, O daughter of the Chaldeans! For you
shall no more be called tender and delicate.
2 Take the millstones and grind meal. Remove your veil,
Take off the skirt, Uncover the thigh, Pass through the
3 Your nakedness shall be uncovered, Yes, your shame will
be seen; I will take vengeance, And I will not arbitrate
with a man."
Notice in verse three that the Lord
said, "Your nakedness shall be uncovered." And yet, this
uncovering of nakedness consisted only of the Babylonian
women showing their thighs! This verse makes it quite clear
that to God, when a woman shows her thighs, she is
uncovering her nakedness! Though ungodly pagans, these
Babylonian women shared God's standard of modesty, in that
they felt naked when they had to uncover their thighs to
cross a river during a forced march. They even felt shame at
having to remove their veils and uncover their heads!
Contrast this with women in our modern society who proudly
parade themselves on the beach with skimpy swimsuits! Where,
oh where, has that God-given sense of modesty that Adam and
Eve felt gone?
Do you still have that God-given sense
of modesty? If you have lost it, God can give it back to
you. We encourage you, pray, and ask God to return to you
the sense of modesty that He wants you to have.
From these coats that God
gave Adam and Eve, and the example of the Babylonian women,
we may reasonably conclude that a Christian woman with a
God-given sense of modesty will feel exposed if she does not
at least cover her breasts, her abdomen and back, her
buttocks, and her thighs.
In accordance with this
principle of modesty, the Bible later teaches that
"uncovering the nakedness" of a woman ought to be reserved
only for the marriage bed. For instance, in Leviticus 18:19
Le 18:19 You shall not approach a
woman to uncover her nakedness while she is in her
The only person permitted to uncover the nakedness of a woman
is her husband of a legitimate marriage:
Le 18:10 The nakedness of thy son’s
daughter, or of thy daughter’s daughter, even their
nakedness thou shalt not uncover: for theirs is thine own
Le 18:11 The nakedness of thy father’s wife’s daughter,
begotten of thy father, she is thy sister, thou shalt not
uncover her nakedness.
Le 18:12 Thou shalt not uncover the nakedness of thy
father’s sister: she is thy father’s near kinswoman.
Le 18:13 Thou shalt not uncover the nakedness of thy
mother’s sister: for she is thy mother’s near kinswoman.
You get the picture. In
light of this, is it proper for a woman to uncover her
nakedness to anyone but her legitimate husband? Should a
woman uncover her nakedness for the all the world to see by
wearing low-cut tops that show her cleavage? Should she show
off her body on the beach in a bikini (which is little more
than colored underwear)? Should she wear clothing that
displays her midriff, her buttocks or her thighs to the
public? By doing so, she is "uncovering her
nakedness" to men who ought not to see it.
A woman should uncover her nakedness only in the marriage
bedroom, and only to her husband, because men are very
visually oriented, much more so than women, and may become
sexually tempted when a woman dresses otherwise. Consider, for
instance, what happened to King David when Bathsheba uncovered
II Sam 11:2 And it happened one
evening, David arose from his bed and walked on the roof
of the king’s house. And from the roof he saw a woman
bathing. And the woman was very beautiful to look upon.
3 And David sent and asked about the woman. And one said,
Is not this Bathsheba, the daughter of Eliam, the wife of
Uriah the Hittite?
4 And David sent messengers and took her. And she came in
to him, and he lay with her. And she had purified herself
from her uncleanness. And she returned to her house.
5 And the woman conceived, and sent and told David, and
said, I am with child.
This sin resulted in great tragedy for all involved. Of
course, David should have looked away. But Bathsheba was at
fault, too. She should have taken precautions to make sure
that no one could see her when she was bathing. Now the Bible
tells us that King David was "a man after His own heart." ( I
Sam 13:14) If a godly man like King David, a man after God's
own heart, had his weak moments, when he was prone to
sinful thoughts and the lust of the eyes, what about less
godly men? When a woman wears tight-fitting clothes, shows her
breast cleavage, her midriff, or her upper thighs, does she
not risk leading men into temptation, even as Bathsheba
unintentionally tempted David?
Jesus said to his disciples,
"Temptations to sin are sure to come; but woe to [the
person] by whom they come! It would be better for him if a
millstone were hung round his neck and he were cast into the
sea, than that he should cause one of these little ones to
Christian woman, do you not realize that most men do
not come anywhere near to the spiritual maturity of King
David? In terms of spiritual growth, many, perhaps most men
are "little ones". Do you want to cause one of these little
ones to sin by how you dress? Do you not realize that God will
hold you to account for this? It would be better for you,
Jesus said, if a millstone were wrapped around your neck
and you were thrown into the sea than that you should cause
one of these little ones to sin! Yes, dressing immodestly
affects not only on the destiny of the men who may be tempted
by it, but your own destiny!
We know that in our modern society, women everywhere are
violating this principal of adequately covering oneself.
If you are a single woman, you may be afraid that you will not
be considered as attractive if you do not also dress
immodestly. But ask yourself, "What kind of man do I
want to attract? Do I want to attract a "little one" in
spiritual maturity, or someone who is attaining, or has
already attained, to spiritual manhood?" Men like
that find modest dress attractive.
Rusty: When I first
met Julie, among the things I found most attractive about
her were her modest dress and gentle spirit. This, I
thought, is the girl I have been praying for!
also take comfort in knowing that Rusty appreciates
modesty and has the spiritual maturity to not be lured
into temptation by a woman who is dressed
By obscuring the
We should add a very important point. Another aspect of
modesty is wearing clothes that are loose enough, and opaque
enough, to obscure the naked form. If one's naked form is
obvious because of thin, see-through, or tight clothing, then
true modesty has not been achieved.
The next thing the Apostle Paul wrote to Timothy was that
women should dress discreetly. The book of Proverbs
makes an amusing observation about a fair woman who lacks
Pr 11:22 As a jewel of
gold in a swine’s snout, so is a fair woman which is without
Just because a woman has a fair figure, does not mean that it
is OK for her to flaunt it through indiscreet dress. The woman
who does that, the Bible informs us, is like a ring of gold in
a pig's snout! The Bible commentator Albert Barnes
The word here used means
properly, sanity; then sober-mindedness,
moderation of the desires and passions. It is opposed to
all that is frivolous, and to all undue excitement of the
A Christian woman may be tempted to
draw undue attention to herself by her clothing. But she
ought to curb this desire, avoiding showy, flashy, gaudy,
skimpy, or frivolous clothing, and instead dress discretely.
This does not mean that her clothing cannot be pretty
or stylish, but this must be constrained by the bounds of
sensibility and modesty.
After mentioning the two important principles
of proper dress for women, Paul
next goes on to mention four things that Christian women
ought to avoid in their dress.
of the Hair
The first is braiding of
the hair. This Greek word was used to refer to the
time-consuming tasks of weaving baskets and nets.
Spending great amounts of time on one's outward appearance
is not fitting for a godly woman, when she could instead be
using this time in the service of God and others. This
principle also applies to other things, such as spending
great amounts of time applying makeup. When a woman
spends too much time enhancing her outward beauty, she
diminishes her inward beauty. If the wicked queen in SnowWhite
and the Seven Dwarves had a different kind of Mirror
on the Wall, one that considered a woman's inward beauty
too, she would have been shocked and ashamed, for she would
have been among the ugliest of them all! True beauty, you
see, is not just skin deep. Inner beauty radiates and
outshines any outward blemishes. It is the best "make-up"
there ever was! But true ugliness, such as that of the
wicked queen, goes down to the very bone, and, to all but
the spiritually dull, greatly overshadows any outward
This brings up an important
point. Any woman, no matter how plain or unattractive she
thinks her outward appearance may be, can make herself
beautiful by cultivating her inner person.
Pearls or Costly Garments
the apostle does not forbid a woman from wearing all
jewelry, but rather the expensive forms of it. Likewise, he
does not forbid stylish or pretty clothing, but costly
denies the needy.
With so many people in need, not only in third world
countries, but in our own family, church or community, is it
proper for a Christian woman to spend this kind of money on
draws undue attention to oneself. This
violates the principle of discretion we discussed above.
creates class distinctions
within the church. James wrote,
James 2:1 My
brethren, show no partiality as you hold the faith of our
Lord Jesus Christ, the Lord of glory.
2 For if a man with gold rings and in fine clothing comes
into your assembly, and a poor man in shabby clothing also
3 and you pay attention to the one who wears the fine
clothing and say, "Have a seat here, please," while you
say to the poor man, "Stand there," or, "Sit at my feet,"
4 have you not made distinctions among yourselves, and
become judges with evil thoughts?
5 Listen, my beloved brethren. Has not God chosen those
who are poor in the world to be rich in faith and heirs of
the kingdom which he has promised to those who love him?
keeps the poor away from church.
When invited to
one church in Slidell, LA, a poor woman said that she could
not go because she could not afford nice clothes like the
people wore there. By making it their custom to wear their
"Sunday best," this church, though attempting evangelistic
outreach, was unintentionally keeping away the poor.
Years ago, we
went to hear a female Christian singer perform. When she
appeared on the stage, she wore a showy, glittery dress
covered with gold sequins that looked very expensive. That
dress overshadowed her entire performance. When it ended,
the audience did not clap enthusiastically. They seemed
grieved by this obvious show of extravagance.
Adornment of Good Works
discussing the principles by which a Christian woman ought
to dress, and specific things she ought not to wear, the
apostle Paul next turns to what she should adorn
herself with. A woman ought to adorn herself, he says,
with good works.
What are the
good works a woman can adorn herself with, that will make
her truly beautiful? All true good works may
be categorized by the good motives and character traits
behind them. These fall under nine general categories
that we call the fruits of the Spirit:
Ga 5:22-23 But the
fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience,
kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness,
self-control; against such there is no law.
When a woman
consistently exhibits good motives by good deeds, then they
have become character traits. When a woman has attained to
these character traits, then she has become truly
in a love song concerning my wife, I penned the following
herself with gentleness, and she has no need of silk
She adorns herself with kindness, and has no need of gold.
Let's look at each of these character traits,
and see how a woman can adorn herself with these jewels that
truly enhance her beauty. But first, a word of caution. If, as
you read these things, you think, "I fall so short of this!
How can I ever hope to live like this?" do not despair. By
yourself, it is true that you cannot achieve this. But all
things are possible with God! And He is there to help you!
You see, these motives and character traits of
the heart are called fruits of the Spirit for a
reason. The power to exhibit them comes from God's Holy
Spirit, not from ourselves. Likewise, the good works that
spring from these nine fruits of the Spirit are called
adornments. Why? Because God gives them to you, but you
must put them on. Suppose a woman's husband gives her a lovely
necklace. In order for it to enhance her outward beauty, she
must put it on. It will do her no good if she does not wear
it! Likewise, if you are a Christian, the Holy Spirit gives
you the ability, strength and power to perform good works. But
you must will and act to do them! When you do, then you have
adorned yourself with the good works God has given you, making
yourself truly beautiful.
This is listed first
among the fruits of the Spirit, because it is the most
important. We are not referring here to romantic love, but
to the kind of love Jesus exhibited when He gave up the
pleasure of heaven to become a human being, and then gave
his life for us.
Matthew 22:35 Then one
of them, a lawyer, asked Him a question, testing Him, and
36 "Teacher, which is the great commandment in the law?"
37 Jesus said to him," ‘You shall love the LORD your God
with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your
38 "This is the first and great commandment.
39 "And the second is like it: ‘You shall love your
neighbor as yourself.’
40 "On these two commandments hang all the Law and the
Do you love the LORD your God with all your
heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind? This is the
most important aspect of true inner beauty. Are you willing to
obey God no matter what the cost? Since Jesus gave his life to
purchase forgiveness of sins for us, how can we not love and
obey Him in return? The true test of our love for God is our
willingness to obey Him:
John 14:23 Jesus
answered and said to him, "If anyone loves Me, he will
keep My word; and My Father will love him, and We will
come to him and make Our home with him.
The second greatest
commandment in the law is to love our neighbor as much as we
love ourselves. But did you know that Jesus gave us a new
commandment that asks even more of us? He said,
John 13:34 I give a
new commandment to you, that you should love one another;
according as I loved you, you should also love one
Jesus asks us to love
each other not just as much as we love ourselves, but even
more than we love ourselves. He loved us more than himself,
by giving his life for us. Isn't it a beautiful thing to see
a little child imitating his parent? We are also supposed to
Eph 5:1 Therefore be
imitators of God as dear children.
2 And walk in love, as Christ also has loved us and given
Himself for us, an offering and a sacrifice to God for a
Do people perceive you
to be a loving person? Do you go out of your way to help
others? Do you look out not only for your own interests, but
also for the interests of others? Do you consider others to
be more important than yourself? Do you love others as
Christ loved you? Do you have compassion for the poor and
needy that expresses itself in action?
Lastly, hatred is the
polar opposite of love. You cannot hate someone and fulfill
the commandment to love. Do you have hatred or unforgiveness
in your heart for anyone? Then you must forgive.
1Jo 4:20 If a man say,
I love God, and hateth his brother, he is a liar: for he
that loveth not his brother whom he hath seen, how can he
love God whom he hath not seen?
Mr 11:25 And whenever
you stand and pray, if you have anything against anybody,
forgive him, so that your Father in heaven too may forgive
you your shortcomings." [Williams]
A woman does not appear as attractive to a man
when she is grumpy or depressed. Joy truly enhances a woman's
beauty. But true joy is not dependent on outward
circumstances. True joy comes from knowing God!
Ps 16:11 You will show
me the path of life; In Your presence is fullness of
joy; At Your right hand are pleasures forevermore.
When you are
discouraged, you lose strength. But the joy of the Lord is
Ne 8:10 Then he said
to them, "Go your way, eat the fat, drink the sweet, and
send portions to those for whom nothing is prepared; for
this day is holy to our LORD. Do not sorrow, for the
joy of the LORD is your strength."
Like true joy, you can
have true peace even when life gets difficult. There is a
peace that passes understanding. This peace comes from
giving your worries over to God, and trusting Him to take
care of them:
Phi 4:6 Do not be
anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and
supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made
known to God.
7 And the peace of God which passes all understanding
shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.
This word means
longsuffering or perseverance. It is not easy to love others
when they do not love us in return, is it? But we must
remember that God will reward us (either in this life, or at
the judgment seat of Christ) if we do not give up:
Ga 6:9 And let us not
grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall
reap if we do not lose heart.
Who likes to be around
someone who is not kind? Kindness is one of the most lovely
character qualities a woman can have. In the book of
Proverbs, the ideal wife is described as a woman who speaks
Pr 31:26 She opens her
mouth with wisdom, And on her tongue is the law of
This word means uprightness
of heart and life. If the light of the world, Jesus,
dwells in you, then you are a daughter of the light. And the
effect of the Light will be seen in you, and in how you act:
Eph 5:8 There was a
time when you were nothing but darkness. Now, as
Christians, you are Light itself.
9 Live and act as sons of Light—for the effect of the
Light is seen in every kind of goodness, uprightness
10 and learn in your own experiences what is fully
pleasing to the Lord. (Weymouth)
The Greek word translated
"faithfulness" here is pistis. The Bible itself gives
us a definition of this word:
Heb 11:1 Now faith is a
well-grounded assurance of that for which we hope, and a
conviction of the reality of things which we do not see.
Interestingly, this word can also
mean "fidelity" or trustworthiness. Are you faithful
to your present or future spouse? Do you trust God
enough to obey Him, and to live everyday for Him? Then
others will find you to be trustworthy.
This word means tender-heartedness.
Do you exhibit compassion for others?
Rusty: As a man, I can tell
you that one of the most attractive qualities a woman can
have is tender-heartedness, especially in her dealings
This means disciplining yourself to do
what you ought to do, when you ought to do it. It also means
refusing the things that you should not have, even when you
Pr 14:1 A wise woman builds her
house, but the foolish pulls it down with her own hands.
Kinds of Good Works?
What kinds of good deeds do the nine
fruits of the Spirit produce in a woman's life? When
describing the qualifications for a widow to be supported by
the church, the Apostle Paul wrote that she must be "well
reported for good works: if she has brought up
children, if she has lodged strangers, if she has washed
the saints’ feet, if she has relieved the afflicted, if
she has diligently followed every good work." 1Ti
In Titus 2:3-5 we see more examples of the kind of good deeds
women should be engaged in:
In the same way exhort aged women to
let their conduct be such as becomes consecrated persons.
They must not be slanderers nor enslaved to wine-drinking.
They must be teachers of what is right. They
should school the young women to be affectionate to
their husbands and to their children, to be
sober-minded, pure in their lives, industrious in their
homes, kind, submissive to their husbands, so that
the Christian teaching may not be exposed to reproach.
In Proverbs 31, we also see the good works that a "virtuous
woman" is involved in.
Pr 31:10 Who can find a virtuous
woman? For her price is far above rubies.
11 The heart of her husband doth safely trust in her, so
that he shall have no need of spoil.
12 She will do him good and not evil all the days of her
13 She seeketh wool and flax, and worketh willingly with
14 She is like the merchants’ ships; she bringeth her food
15 She riseth also while it is yet night, and giveth meat
to her household and a portion to her maidens.
16 She considereth a field and buyeth it; with the fruit
of her hands she planteth a vineyard.
17 She girdeth her loins with strength, and strengtheneth
18 She perceiveth that her merchandise is good; her candle
goeth not out by night.
19 She layeth her hands to the spindle, and her hands hold
20 She stretcheth out her hand to the poor; yea, she
reacheth forth her hands to the needy.
21 She is not afraid of the snow for her household, for
all her household are clothed with scarlet.
22 She maketh herself coverings of tapestry; her clothing
is silk and purple.
23 Her husband is known at the gates, when he sitteth
among the elders of the land.
24 She maketh fine linen and selleth it, and delivereth
girdles unto the merchant.
25 Strength and honor are her clothing, and she shall
rejoice in time to come.
26 She openeth her mouth with wisdom, and on her tongue is
the law of kindness.
27 She looketh well to the ways of her household, and
eateth not the bread of idleness.
28 Her children arise up and call her blessed; her husband
also, and he praiseth her:
29 "Many daughters have done virtuously, but thou
excellest them all." (KJV21)
An so we see that in performing good
works, a woman should seek to excel in loving and serving
her family, in hospitality, and in helping the poor and
We have now finished discussing I
Timothy 2:9. The apostle Paul was not alone in
expressing these truths. The apostle Peter had a similar
message for married women. Here is what he wrote:
I Peter 3:1 Married
women, in the same way, be submissive to your husbands, so
that even if some of them disbelieve the Message, they
may, apart from the Message, be won over by the daily life
of their wives, after watching your daily life—
2 so full of reverence, and so blameless!
3 Your adornment ought not to be a merely outward
thing—one of plaiting the hair, putting on jewelry, or
wearing beautiful dresses.
4 Instead of that, it should be a new nature within—the
imperishable ornament of a gentle and peaceful spirit,
which is indeed precious in the sight of God.
5 For in ancient times also this was the way the holy
women who set their hopes upon God used to adorn
themselves, being submissive to their husbands.
In verse 3, notice the emphasis on having a gentle
and peaceful spirit? A woman can quickly alienate her
husband by having a loud or contentious spirit:
Pr 21:9 It is better
to dwell in the corner of the housetop, Than with a
contentious woman in a wide house. (ASV)
As if for emphasis, this
proverb is repeated twice in the Book of Proverbs!
Pr 25:24 It is better
to dwell in the corner of the housetop, Than with a
contentious woman in a wide house. (ASV)
A man would rather live
up on a small corner of the roof, than in a wide
house with such a woman!
I Peter 3:5 above brings up a very important
aspect of inner beauty in a wife - submissiveness to one's
husband. The apostle Paul had more to say about it:
Eph 5:22 Married
women, submit to your own husbands as if to the Lord;
23 because a husband is the Head of his wife as Christ
also is the Head of the Church, being indeed the Saviour
of this His Body.
24 And just as the Church submits to Christ, so also
married women should be entirely submissive to their
Robe of Righteousness
There is one last thing
we have not discussed. Yes, a woman is to adorn herself with
good works, but these seem like jewelry to enhance her
clothing. What should she clothe herself with? The answer is
the robe of righteousness.
The robe of
righteousness is not something you can sew yourself. It is
stitched by God himself, and given to you by Him alone. You
can only get the robe of righteousness by being clothed with
the righteousness of Christ, and this comes only by entering
into relationship with Christ.
You see, all of our good
works are imperfect. Try as we might, all of us fall
short of God's high standards. Consider Joshua the
high priest, who when clothed with his own righteousness,
did not look so good.
Zec 3:1 Then he showed
me Joshua the high priest standing before the Angel of the
LORD, and Satan standing at his right hand to oppose him.
2 And the LORD said to Satan, "The LORD rebuke you, Satan!
The LORD who has chosen Jerusalem rebuke you! Is this not
a brand plucked from the fire?"
3 Now Joshua was clothed with filthy garments,
and was standing before the Angel.
4 Then He answered and spoke to those who stood before
Him, saying, "Take away the filthy garments from him." And
to him He said, "See, I have removed your iniquity
from you, and I will clothe you with rich robes."
5 And I said, "Let them put a clean turban on his head."
So they put a clean turban on his head, and they put the
clothes on him. And the Angel of the LORD stood by.
Notice that Joshua was clothed with filthy
garments. This reminds us of the Bible verse which
Isa 64:6 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.
Like Joshua, we must have our iniquity removed
from us, and rich white robes given to us by God to
wear. This comes only through having our sins forgiven
by Jesus Christ and being clothed in His righteousness.
Our own righteousness, like Joshua's filthy rags, simply will
However, this rich, clean, white linen robe,
though given by Christ, has a dual significance. It signifies
not only the righteousness of Christ, but also the righteous
deeds that you perform by Christ working through you.
Rev 19:7 Let us be
glad and shout for joy and give Him glory, because the
marriage of the Lamb has come, and His bride has made
8 Permission has been granted her to dress in clean,
brilliant linen, for linen signifies the upright deeds of
You see, we do not just
passively participate in Christ's righteousness. We also are
supposed to actively participate in it by our deeds! You
cannot earn salvation by your good deeds. It is a free gift
of God, given by His undeserved favor through faith in
Christ. His righteousness is also a free gift, but you must
clothe yourself with it. If you do not, by your will and
actions, allow Jesus to work through you to perform good
deeds, then you have not yet clothed yourself in His
So, allow God to make
you beautiful. As far as your outward appearance goes,
dress modestly and decently, not with gold or pearls or
expensive clothes. As far as your inward appearance
goes, let God clothe you with the robe of the righteousness
of Christ. Let the nine fruits of the Spirit be evident
in your demeanor, your words, and your actions. Like lovely
jewels, adorn yourself with good works, as befits women who
make a claim to godliness. Then your inner beauty, the real
you, will far outshine your outward person. You will
be truly beautiful in the eyes of God and His
Then, with true gratitude to God, you may
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