Prepared with Fine Linen

“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.) (Revelation 19:8Open Link in New Window).

Christ’s blood makes us clean. But the bride can also make herself ready. Jesus alludes to this when he told the story of the 10 virgins. Five were wise because they prepared enough oil to last until the bridegroom came. Five were foolish because they neglected to prepare. The oil signifies the Holy Spirit who is the fuel and source of light and all that is good. These acts of preparations are probably the righteous acts or the fine linen by which the bride makes herself ready for the Lamb.

I should do my best each day to prepare for the coming of the Lamb. By sowing to the Spirit and submitting to His leading, I do righteous acts which fill me with the Spirit. This makes me ready for testing. This makes me ready for when the Lord comes again. Jesus said that his disciple should pray because the spirit is willing but the flesh is weak. Somehow the prayer times fills the disciple with enough spiritual strength to overcome when the flesh is tempted. I think this same in-filling process gives the disciple enough spiritual strength to hold on until the Lord returns. This strength, this essence of life is what makes the bride ready.

Lord, teach me to be faithful to You in prayer and in continual submission to Your Spirit. Help me not to neglect preparation in prayer as the five foolish virgins and as the disciples did on the night of Gesthseme. Instead, help me to be faithful in prayer and righteous acts. Fill me with Your Spirit and teach me to overcome the world as You did. Praise the Lord.

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