LINEN COAT

ISRAEL

As mentioned before, the Linen Breeches (Undergarment) are representative of Salvation, and now we come to the Outer Garment which is the Linen Coat which represents Sanctification.  A priest was not allowed to sweat during his labors, therefore he was clothed in linen.  Sweat denoted flesh, i.e. the works of men and not God. 

The Linen Coat was:    

     A. One piece, seamless, and it covered entire body (flesh, i.e. carnality) of the priest, with the exception of the feet (walk), hands (work), and head (Jesus).

     B. Made of fine white linen woven intrinsically with real gold (the nature of God) that  created a damask look

     C. Made with four corners (altar, creation) signifying that the one wearing it had been set aside for servanthood in the kingdom of God.  Those that wore this garment were able to lay their lives down for the people whom they served and offer sacrifices in their behalf.  This garment signified to the people a person of spiritual integrity, a nature of blamelessness, and an ongoing sanctification perfecting holiness and righteousness.  It spoke of a life set apart and sanctified by God, having the nature of God.  They were holy servants of God in the light.  (Dan. 12:67; 10:5; Ezek. 9:3; 10:2,7; Matt. 28:3; & Rev. 7:9)

JESUS (The Way)

This garment spoke both of the person and works of Jesus, clothed in the righteousness and holiness of God (white), with the divine nature and deity (gold) of God.  Just as this garment was formed by the hand of men through the Spirit of God and was seamless, so Jesus was flesh, born of the spirit, yet He was without beginning nor ending.  He was the express image of His Father not because of what He wore, but because of WHO He was and is!  Called and set apart by the Father for a creation which had fallen into darkness. Everything that He did, all that He said, and all that proceeded from Him was out of the nature of  WHO He was.  He WAS holiness and He was purity personified, coming as the spotless Lamb of God to offer ONE TIME a final sacrifice for sin and ATONEMENT of man.  All that He did was by the leading of the Holy Spirit, directed of the heavenly Father.  All of His works proceeded out of the rest of God.  He often declared "It is not I who doeth the work, but the Father within me, He doeth the work"

 "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

"Who being the brightness of his glory, and the express image of his person, and upholding all things by the word of his power, when he had by himself purged our sins, sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high;  Being made so much better than the angels, as he hath by inheritance obtained a more excellent name than they.  For unto which of the angels said he at any time, Thou art my Son, this day have I begotten thee? And again, I will be to him a Father, and he shall be to me a Son?"         Hebrews 1:3-4

     "But with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot." 1Peter 1:19

     "How much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself without spot to god, purge your conscience from dead works to serve the living God?"  Heb. 9:14

Jesus was and is the linen coat for the body of Christ imputing to us righteousness and perfecting holiness in us.  He is both our sanctification and justification having fulfilled all the requirements of the law (Romans 8:4) so that the righteous requirements of the law might be fulfilled in us!!!     

    "For what the law could not do, in that it was weak through the flesh, God sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, and for sin, condemned sin in the flesh: That the righteousness of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit."  Romans 8:3-4

     "But of him are ye in Christ Jesus, who of God is made unto us wisdom, and righteousness, and sanctification, and redemption." 1Cor. 1:30

CHURCH

Because of the new nature (Linen Coat Jesus) that has been born from above, our walk, our works and our thoughts are to exude the very expression of Who He Is!  We are a new creation man with new and holy garments.  We are to be so clothed in His righteousness and holiness that only the HEAD (Jesus) is to be visible along with the hands (work) and feet (walk) which testify of His leadership and guidance.  If we are being led of Him and obedient, we will not sweat in our labors and everything will flow from the rest of God.   Oftentimes he declared that we would do greater works than He because He was returning to the Father and Paul later expressed that it is "Christ in us the hope of glory".  It is Christ in us who does the works when we cease from our labors and enter into His, and as the called and elect of God we represent Him before all men.

     "I will greatly rejoice in the Lord, my soul shall be joyful to my God; for he hath clothed me with the garments of salvation, he hath covered me with the robe of righteousness, as a bridegroom decketh himself with ornaments, and as a bride adorneth herself with her jewels.  For as the earth bringeth forth her bud, and as the garden causeth the things that are sown in it to spring forth; so the Lord God will cause righteousness and praise to spring forth before all the nations".  Isaiah 61:10-11

Jesus has made us to be partakers of His holiness and has imputed unto us His righteousness.  The word partakers in the New Testament is metalambano which means to take in or receive until one becomes like what it is taking in! 

We have already been made more than conquerors (we are overcomers) through Him who loved us (Rom. 8:37) "He that overcometh, the same shall be clothed in white raiment; and I will not blot out his name out of the book of life, but I will confess his name before my Father, and before his angels." Rev. 3:5

     "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

     "Who gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works."  Titus 2:14     "For if the firstfruit be holy, the lump is also holy; and if the root be holy, so also are the branches." Rom. 11:16

     "..that he might be the father of all them that believe, through they be not circumcised; that righteous-ness might be imputed unto them also." Rom. 4:11     "And therefore it was imputed to him for righteousness.  Now it was not written for his sake alone, that it was imputed to him; But for us also, to whom it shall be imputed, if we believe on him that raised up Jesus our Lord from the dead; Who was delivered for our offences and was raised again for our justification."   Rom.4:22-24

     If you have received Christ, then not only are you born of His nature (gold) and Spirit, but He is within.  All that He is can find expression in you!  The glory of God is upon the body of Christ and the very character of God is within each and every one of them! No man can ever TAKE the Lord's glory, but in John 17 He chose to give it to us!  Praise the Lord!    

      "And the glory which thou gavest me I have given them; that they may be one, even as we are one:

     "I in them, and thou in me, that they may be made perfect in one; and that the world may know that thou hast sent me, and hast loved them, as thou hast loved me.   John 17:22-23

     "Moreover whom he did predestinate, them he also called: and whom he called, them he also justified: and whom he justified, them he also glorified.  Romans 8:30