DRESSED IN CHRIST’S RIGHTEOUSNESS

Genesis 3:7-11, 21

By Rev. Dr. Jerry Schmoyer  jerry@schmoyer.net 

http://india.christiantrainingonline.org/

 

MAIN IDEA: we are guilty, shamed naked sinners but

God forgives and dresses us in His righteousness

MAGIC: Any shame to honor magic

          Cross iodine   ‘ink’ out of cup    Coloring bk colors

 

INTRODUCTION

SUPPOSE arrested for doing terrible crime

Know you are guilty and must pay

No excuse, no defense

Penalty – lose life – Eternity in hell

Stand before judge who must pass sentence

 

THAT’S HOW WE ARE BEFORE GOD

Guilty of sin against holy God – He is holy and we are not!

 

Or perhaps you can better picture it this way

SUPPOSE rejected by friends family, mock & hate you

Kicked out with nothing,

no clothing, shelter, food, money, nothing

Embarrassed, unworthy, no hope

Have to beg for money or food

Scraps of paper, trash to cover self

How would you feel?

 

THAT’S HOW WE ARE BEFORE GOD

We are shamed before God, have no honor

          Kicked out of the family – Eden

          Poor and penniless beggars

 

TRANSITION

The Bible says we that’s how we stand before God

Nothing to cover our sin and shame

Guilty, deserving eternity in hell

 

I. SPIRITUAL NAKEDNESS

 

A. OUR NEED

STORY OF ADAM & EVE IN EDEN – SIN!!

 

Genesis 3:7-8  Then the eyes of both of them were opened, and they realized they were naked; so they sewed fig leaves together and made coverings for themselves. 8 Then the man and his wife heard the sound of the Lord God as he was walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and they hid from the Lord God among the trees of the garden.

 

NAKED PHYSICALLY embarrassed, before sin no guilt

          SPIRITUALLY shame, honor gone, guilt

 

COVERINGS FOR THEMSELVES can cover own shame

          Stand before God with no honor, excuse

 

HID FROM THE LORD – avoid, run from God & guilt

          Make excuses

          Turn to false Gods where sin not an issue

Can’t hide from God!

 

Gen 3:10-11 He answered, “I heard you in the garden, and I was afraid because I was naked; so I hid.” He said, “Who told you that you were naked? Have you eaten from the tree that I commanded you not to eat from?”

 

AFRAID  shame brings fear

          We all deal with fear, it comes from sin

 

 “WHO TOLD YOU?” guilty conscience

          Know inside we can’t stand before God

          Could no longer be in God’s presence with sin

                   Had to leave Eden, daily contact with God

               

Guilt of sin PASSED ON to everyone born  Job 1:21 “Naked I came from my mother’s womb, & naked I will depart.”

 

TRANSITION

Nothing we can do to impress God

Nothing we can do to cover our own sin, shame

 

B. GOD’S PROVISION

 

ONLY GOD CAN TAKE AWAY OUR SHAME

Genesis 3:21 The Lord God made garments of skin for Adam and his wife and clothed them.

 

Only God can cover us, make us presentable

          Remove shame and guilt

          Give back honor

          Make it so we can stand before Him

 

Of skin– innocent blood had to be shed to cover sin!

 

PLAN OF SALVATION explain clearly

 

TRANSITION

God removes shame, gives us honor instead

God removes guilt, gives forgiveness instead

 

II. SPIRITUAL RIGHTEOUSNESS

 

A. PROVIDED BY CHRIST

 

TOOK OUR SHAME ON THE CROSS

Hung there naked, suffering for 6 hours

Rejected by family (‘forsaken me”) friends, everyone

 

HONOR to have Him care about us to take our place

          Honor to have Him take our shame

and give us His honor!!!

          Sharing our shame was honorable for Him

          Gave us that honor so we have honor as well

 

SALVATION = PROVIDED TO REMOVE OUR SHAME

Isaiah 61:10 I delight greatly in the Lord; my soul rejoices in my God. For he has clothed me with garments of salvation and arrayed me in a robe of righteousness, as a bridegroom adorns his head like a priest, and as a bride adorns herself with her jewels.

YOU: begging on street – no food, clothes, etc

Multimillionaire sees you, stops car, walks to you

Takes off clothing, takes your place

Wears your scraps

Sits and begs for you

Gives you his clothes to wear

Gives keys to office, wallet, paper giving you all

Another document stating you adopted into family

            Accepted by family, loved

 

PRODIGAL SON FATHER TOOK AWAY HIS SHAME

Luke 15:22 “But the father said to his servants, ‘Quick! Bring the best robe and put it on him. Put a ring on his finger and sandals on his feet.

 

TRANSITION

HE provided it all, its up to us to accept, let Him put it on us

 

B. ACCEPTED BY US

 

WHEN GIVEN HONOR BY GOD CAN NEVER LOOSE IT – can’t be shamed again  Romans 8:1 Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus,

 

HAVE HONOR FOR ALL ETERNITY

Marriage supper of the lamb

given white garments, pure and holy

 

 

 

CONCLUSION

 

ME not know dress BEFORE YOU (embarrass, shame)

          BEFORE GOD no problem – His righteousness

 

FROM SHAME: naked, helpless, kicked out beggars

TO HONOR: righteous garments as bride of Christ

 

 

Challenge/application

            Come to Him

            Let HIM dress you in His robes of righteousness

                        For free

                        For all eternity!

 

C t O Rev. Dr. JERRY SCHMOYER
Christian Training Organization
jerry@ChristianTrainingOrganization.org
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