Even Better Than Eden: Ch. 4, Clothing, Reading Discussion
When I first saw the title of this chapter, I was intrigued. Clothing? The Bible talks about fashion?
Apparently so—but not in the way we might think.
Particularly interesting is her views on nakedness. Instead of viewing nakedness as the ideal state, she considers it the starting point from where even better things are added. As it was in our discussion on image last week, instead of viewing Eden as the perfect place and the first couple as perfect people—done, complete—she suggests that we ain’t seen nothing yet.
We started with hard places—like the wilderness. We talked about our tests—choices for life or death. We explored the idea of image—our desire to be somebody which can only be satisfied when we choose Christ.
In this chapter, we continue our shift to looking beyond Eden to something even better.
Instead of desiring the freedom that nakedness seems to offer, she challenges us to desire the glorious garments of the high priest, first described in Exodus. His goal is not to return us to the innocence of nakedness but to dress us with clothing that is holy, beautiful and glorious., fitting for royalty.
Thanks to the humility of Christ, who did not count equality to be grasped, the one who took on our humble form and donned our filthy rags, we now are going to be clothed in robes washed white by the blood of the Lamb.
We get a peek at these robes as we watch with Peter, James, and John at the Transfiguration, when he peels back the humanity and lets them catch a glimpse of the glorious.
For now, we are clothed in temporary tents but one day we will be permanently clothed with immortality. Until that day, we are slowly being transformed from glory to glory as we keep our eyes fixed on Christ as our ultimate end. We put off what is inappropriate and inconsistent with who we are in Christ and put on that which does. It is a slow, daily process, but one that will get us somewhere, transforming us to more and more align with the image of Christ.
As His image becomes our greatest delight, our goal, and our target, as we consistently choose life for death and pass the tests He offers us each day through our ordinary circumstances and through the wilderness, we will be transformed.
On the final day, that transformation will be complete. Who we are—royal representatives—will be permanently dressed in clothing that befits us.
This chapter is a very practical one. It links what we read about image to something very tangible today—and has the great power to help us bring the Story down into real life.
What impressed you from this chapter? How does this theme challenge you in your own walk with God?
Passages referenced: Rev. 5:9-10, Ex. 28:2, Isa. 61:10, Col. 3:1-4, 9-10, 12-14, 2 Cor. 3:18, Rom. 13:14, Eph. 4:24, 6:11-15, 2 Cor. 5:1-4, 1 Peter 1:18-19