Proverbs 30:5 – Every word of God is pure: he is a shield unto them that put their trust in him.
When my wife came down the aisle on our wedding day, my friends and family in attendance say that did not need to turn around to see her come in. They could see the change in my face when she walked through the doors of the church. My smile took over my entire countenance. The most beautiful woman in the world was walking toward me in a lovely white dress. Sweet and lovely, the dress fit her perfectly.
White wedding dresses have been the standard in many cultures for a long time. Likewise christening and baptism gowns are white to symbolize the purity of the wearer. However we know that we are not without sin. Our purity is relative no matter what we wear on the outside. Under the cleansing power of Christ’s sacrifice, we are pure before God. Like the groom watching his wife coming down the aisle in her white gown, God knows that we have sinned, but He sees the purity of the robe of Christ’s blood.
During the Last Supper, when Jesus passed around the wine as part of what I like to call the First Communion, He said, “Drink ye all of it; For this is my blood of the new testament, which is shed for many for the remission of sins” (Matthew 26:27-28). Notice that the Savior says, “This is my blood of the new testament.” By giving His life for the Church, Jesus established a new testament or covenant surpassing the old covenant given to Moses. He fulfilled the old in His own body to cover His bride, the Church, in a pure covering.
The Apostle John combined various revelations of the Savior in the Old Testament in just the opening chapter in the Gospel of John. First he described the Lord as the Word of God made flesh (John 1:4), and then he described the encounter of jesus with John the Baptist who said, “Behold, the Lamb of God” (John 1:29). Later in the Book of Revelation, the Apostle John saw a vision of 144,000 souls arrayed in white praising the Lamb of God. The one speaking to John in The Revelation says, “These are they which came out of great tribulation, and have washed their robes, and made them white in the blood of the Lamb” (Revelation 7:14). Thus the truth of Proverbs 30:5 was fulfilled. Washed in the blood of the Lamb, the Lord’s people are purified of their sins and approach the Heavenly throne shielded by grace through faith or trust in Jesus, the pure Word of God made flesh.
Though we may not feel pure underneath, all of God’s children, the true Church, the Bride of Christ, are covered by His sacrifice. We are shielded or protected from both God the Father’s wrath and the world by Him. For this reason, we are encouraged to wash and renew our minds with His word daily reminding us of the purity of the gift of life eternal. Remember, he sees your smile and the beautiful gown of His bride in all her blessed glory. For this He died, and for this He rose again.