THE LINEN BREECHES

ISRAEL

And thou shalt make them linen breeches to cover their nakedness; from the loins even unto the thighs they shall reach: And they shall be upon Aaron, and upon his sons, when they come in unto the tabernacle of the congregation, or when they come near unto the altar to minister in the holy place; that they bear not iniquity, and die: it shall be a statute for ever unto him and his seed after him. Exodus 28:42-43.

The first of the priestly garments were the Linen Breeches. The Breeches of a cunning workmanship by the imparted wisdom (Exodus 28:3) of the Spirit of God. They were not made of wool but rather they were made of a fine linen  and they were worn in the Tabernacle of the Congregation under the penalty of death. . The Breeches were a cunning workmanship made from fine linen (not wool) by the imparted wisdom (Exo. 28:3) of God.  Under the law, every level of the priesthood was required to wear them when entering the Tabernacle or they would die. This garment a priest was not allowed to sweat for it was a sign of the curse and was a result of man's own labor (flesh).  The breeches covered the priests from the waist to the thigh area which speaks of imputing inward righteousness, holiness, and reproduction. Their purpose was to cover one's nakedness.  Israel was known for her sensualness and nakedness.

JESUS

The Linen Breeches spoke of the Lord Jesus Christ whose innermost being was pure and holy. His very nature was that completely void of both outward and secret sin.  So as the spotless Lamb of God, He came to make new the inward man which in turn would clothe and eventually make new the flesh (soul) man.  "For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him".  2Cor. 5:21 

In the nakedness of His flesh, He hung from the cross showing that through he work of the cross, man's nakedness (his vilest and inward sin) would be dealt with.  In the removing of His under garment, He became our breeches.  "And they crucified him, and parted his garments, casting lots: that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophet, They parted my garments among them, and upon my vesture did they cast lots.". Matt. 27:35

His life and ministry was that of obedience and denial to His fleshly passions.  Although He was tempted, He only did what the Father told Him.  He never pursued His own agenda and all that He did was through obedience.  "For I came down from heaven, not to do mine own will; but the will of him that sent me." John 6:38

     "Hereafter I will not talk much with you; for the prince of this world cometh, and hath nothing in me".  John 14:30

     "When ye have lifted up the Son of man, then shall ye know that I am he, and that I do nothing of myself; but as my Father hath taught me, I speak these things.  And he that sent me is with me: the Father hath not left me alone; for I do always those things that please him."  John 8:28-29

     "I can of mine own self do nothing: as I hear, I judge: and my judgment is just; because I seek not mine own will, but the will of the Father which hath sent me.  John 5:30

The plan of the redemption and reconciliation of mankind was a mystery hid in God through the ages.  In the beginning God made man and breathed life into him and He became a living soul.  He formed the flesh man before He formed his soul.  Now, there was a new man in the earth, born of the Spirit of God through a woman.  He was God manifest in the flesh full of grace and truth: "And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father) full of grace and truth".  John 1:14 

He was the new creation man which would defeat sin in the flesh, and be glorified of the Father with even His flesh putting on incorruption.  The inward man triumphed and thereby initiating a new and living way.  He brought forth from himself a new creation man which would be born of His Spirit.

CHURCH

Now, there was to be a new man, one born of the Spirit and the new work would begin on the inside of man and would work it's way to the outer man.  The incorruptible seed of God has become the inward man, the hidden man of the heart.  We have received our garment of fine white linen and our nakedness is covered. "I counsel thee to buy of me gold tried in the fire, that thou mayest be rich: and white raiment, that thou mayest be clothed, and that the shame of thy nakedness do not appear….." Rev. 3:18

     "Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God. Nicodemus saith unto him, How can a man be born when he is old? Can he enter the second time into his mother's womb, and be born? Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God. That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. John 3:5-6

     "Knowing this, that our old man is crucified with him, that the body of sin might be destroyed, that henceforth we should not serve sin For he that is dead is freed from sin. Now if we be dead with Christ, we believe that we shall also live with him: Knowing that Christ being raised from the dead dieth no more; death hath no more dominion over him. For in that he died, he died unto sin once: but in that he liveth, he liveth unto God."  Rom. 6:6-10

     "Likewise reckon ye also yourselves to be dead indeed unto sin, but alive unto God through Jesus Christ our Lord.."  Rom. 6:11

Our walk as a king and priest unto our God begins with the new birth.  The linen breeches represent us being 'born again' on the inside, to be clean in the inward parts.  It is within man, the hidden man of the heart where all nakedness lies and through the regeneration, we are made new and cleansed of all unrighteousness. "Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new"  2Cor. 5:17

Jesus took our nakedness when they parted His garments and he became our covering (Linen Breeches) (Matt. 27:35; Mark 15:24; John 19:23).

Repentance will maintain the application of the breeches.  God even made provision for sin which could occur after salvation. "My little children, these things write I unto you, that ye sin not. And if any man sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous: And he is the propitiation for our sins: and not for ours only, but also for the sins of  the whole world." 1John 1:1-2