We also saw in The Glorious Bride of Messiah, that the King's Daughter is prepared, first by the inward cleansing of the heart, and then the outward actions follow. We then saw that the outward is a reflection of the inward.
In this writing, I would like to have a further look at how the outward clothing reflects the glory of the inward, and to emphasize in particular, the importance of how the women are to be clothed.
Scripture has some important exhortation for us as women today, who desire to follow Yahushua, and to bring honour to Him. Let's notice the following Scripture:
"The king's daughter is all glorious within: her clothing is of wrought gold." (Psalms 45:13)The above Scripture reveals to us a very important matter — that for the King's daughter, her inward glory has a profound effect on her outward appearance, and this effect is seen in her clothing.
The inward glory of the King's daughter originates in, and is the result of, her calling, her set-apart-ness as royalty: "Yahuweh hath set apart him that is godly for Himself" (Psalms 4:3).
Because of her inward glory, the King's daughter clothing is of wrought gold, or interwoven and embroidered with gold. This speaks of very fine, beautiful clothing - clothing that is elegant, refined, graceful, respectful, and modest.
The King's daughter inward glory needs to have, ought to have, a significant effect on her outward appearance. Her inner glory is reflected in her clothing, both in the natural, and in the spiritual.
Yet many today hold the idea that the outward way of dressing is a matter of little importance. This popular notion reveals a sad loss of understanding. If we care little about the way we dress, then something is missing in our understanding.
The importance of this basic, often neglected subject of how we dress is a gem of wisdom that begs for rediscovery. A return to understanding this gem of wisdom would bring about a great change in our wardrobe, for both male and female. However, it requires a teachable spirit to receive this treasure, and then to begin to make a change in the way we dress!
In Titus 2:3 we find a valuable clue. In this verse, we see where we can find insight on reflecting the inward glory:
"The aged women likewise, that they be in behaviour as becometh holiness, not false accusers, not given to much wine, teachers of good things..." (Titus 2:3)The older women are to be a 'link' in our understanding. It is the older women who are to be reverent in their behaviour, and are to teach what is good. These older women carry within themselves a treasure of wisdom whose price is 'far above rubies' (Job 28:18; Proverbs 31:10).
However, we must ask, "Where are these valuable, older women whose wisdom can be passed down to the younger ladies, who are groping in darkness for guidance?" Sadly, there is a great scarcity today of older women who have this treasure of teaching what is GOOD. The kind of 'good' I'm talking about is the "goodness" of a living example displaying outwardly the inward glory — the glory that comes from understanding and obeying Yahuweh's Word.
We women have lost so much in our understanding of what it really means to be a woman of holiness. I agree with Catherine Marshall, who is known for saying:
The 20th century — the century of progress and emancipation — was the century when supposedly we women came into our own. But we have lost something over these past 50 to 100 years — something sweet and mysterious — something hard to describe — something that the majority of women do not even know they have lost… It seems that many women just refuse to be the finer, more delicate 'clay' that God intended them to be. (paraphrased)As women of Yahuweh, we have a very special dignity and glory that we should treasure and protect. We have a royal status to uphold. Our glory and dignity that is growing inwardly, needs to begin to show forth outwardly, by the way we dress. The clothes we wear have far more importance than many of us realize!
It is Yahuweh Himself who is "clothed with honour and majesty," as we are told in Psalm 104:1. This is an indication of the refined elegance that clothing should have! Since we were created in the image of Yahuweh, then our clothing should also be with honour and dignity. Our clothes are a significant way to represent the glory and splendor of our Creator, as He is living within us.
As Devorah Channah has said,
It is our careful and modest outside actions that create an inside awareness that God is always watching. It is only fitting that our clothes should display the inner refinement and sensitivities of a Daughter of the King… The King's daughters should dress pleasantly and graciously in a manner that is refined and reflects our joy and nobility. There is a strength and dignity displayed by the effort of wearing elegant clothes — it reveals an inner royalty and splendor. (paraphrased)Our clothing is a very personal expression of who we are. Yet it is the personal, intimate areas of our life that the Father wants to touch, revise, and change.
This is not about having an inordinate affection or focus on clothing as seen in worldly fashions! This is not about being prideful or parading ourselves with our clothing. The world's exaggerated obsession with clothing and fashion is a distorted counterfeit of what Yahuweh intended to be honourable and dignified.
Instead, we are to have an understanding that the way we dress in the natural realm, is related to our inner growth and understanding in the spiritual realm.
First The Natural, Then The SpiritualWould it be beneficial to make this change, and begin to dress in a more elegant manner? To see what the Scriptures say about this, let's look at an amazing principle, found in 1Corinthians 15:46:
"Howbeit that was not first which is spiritual, but that which is natural; and afterward that which is spiritual." (1Corinthians 15:46)Here we are told, "first comes the natural, then the spiritual." It is a foundational principle, that what we do in the natural will eventually affect the spiritual realm!
Yes, it is true that the Father works on us from the inside out, first within our hearts, and then the outward actions follow:
"...cleanse first that which is within...that the outside of them may be clean also..." (Matthew 23:26)However, it would be well for us to understand that the way we dress [the natural], will affect our inner growth and understanding [the spiritual].
Let's look again at our Scripture verse in Psalms 45:13. It is here that Yahuweh describes the inward, as well as outward features of those who desire to be a daughter of the King:
"The king's daughter is all glorious within: her clothing is of wrought gold." (Psalms 45:13)When we desire to honour and obey Father, by dressing in a dignified, glorious manner outwardly (the natural realm-our clothing of 'wrought gold'), then something begins to happen inwardly (the spiritual realm). We then believe and trust the Father that our inner, spiritual understanding will begin to increase, and make us truly all glorious within. There is a spiritual growth that begins to occur.
The inner glory begins to build within us, when in obedience, we clothe ourselves with clothes of dignity, modesty, and respect — as of wrought gold. This is faith in action. By faith, we trust Him that our outward [natural] actions will affect our inward [spiritual] growth.
As women, we have the great honour and unique privilege of displaying many of the qualities of the Bride of Messiah. May it begin with each one of us — that we will always dress like a refined woman — a woman who is worthy of dignity, respect, and glory.
Children of kings and queens in the natural, earthly realm always dress elegantly, in a dignified, respectful manner, and in modesty. Why is this true? It is because they represent royalty! They represent someone who is to be greatly honoured! It would be a disgrace for children of royalty to dress (or behave) in a sloppy manner!
The same is true for children of the King of Kings! All children of the King of Kings are part of the chosen generation, the Royal Priesthood (1Peter 2:9). As royalty, everything we do represents our King. Therefore everything about us — our behaviour, our speech, and our clothing — should be in obedience to our King, and display our honour and respect for Him!
Glorious ClothingThere is much in Scripture about clothing, and what we are to 'put on.' Often we tend to overlook this 'clothing,' so let's see what this clothing is:
Yahuweh desires that we would...
- be clothed with humility (1Peter 5:5)
- be clothed with righteousness (Psalms 132:9; Isaiah 61:10)
- be clothed with strength and honour (Proverbs 31:25)
- be clothed with the garments of salvation (Isaiah 61:10)
- be clothed with the robe of righteousness (Isaiah 61:10)
- be clothed in white raiment (Revelation 3:5)
- be clothed in fine linen, white and clean. (Revelation 19:8, 19:14)
- be clothed with our house which is from heaven (2Corinthians 5:2)
- put on compassion, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience (Colossians 3:12)
- put on agape love (Colossians 3:14)
Let us therefore make our outward, natural clothing reflect the dignified and respectful clothing of our eternal, noble calling!
As children of Light (Ephesians 5:8), let's put away the 'rags' of casual, sloppy, immodest clothing, and let us begin to put on neat, elegant, respectful, and modest clothing.
May it be, that we would purpose to wear nicer clothes for the honour of expressing our glorious nature as a daughter of the King, and for the honour of being a representative of the Bride of Messiah. This is such a great privilege!
Let us begin to show ourselves to be truly the Royal Daughters of the King of Kings.
Let us begin to show the Outward Reflection — of our Inward Glory!
"If therefore thou shalt not watch, I will come on thee as a thief,
and thou shalt not know what hour I will come upon thee." (Rev 3:3)
and thou shalt not know what hour I will come upon thee." (Rev 3:3)