“Thou hast a few names even in Sardis which have not defiled their garments; and they shall walk with me in white: for they are worthy. He that overcometh, the same shall be clothed in white raiment;” (Revelation 3:4-5a)
We have all heard the expression, “Walk with Me.” It reminds me of an intriguing custom they have in Saudi Arabia. I remember seeing the President of the United States and the Saudi leader walk around holding hands. With a great display of intimacy, they continued walking for some time in front of the cameras, hand in hand. Apparently, this is to show friendship and unity between the parties involved. This is also a great honor in their custom. Therefore, when I was reading the verse above, I stopped at “they will walk with me.” This doesn’t mean our complete equality with Jesus. I believe it implies a greater level of being peers. It’s hard to walk when you’re on your knees before your Lord. Like so many times in the New Testament, Jesus raises people up from their kneeling, sitting, and prostrate positions to stand with Him. This is not to imply that Jesus is being debased, no never let it be. He is exalting the Family of God up higher. We must always kneel within our hearts before Him. Yet, the Family of God desires to raise us up to be one with them. Therefore, we can walk together “hand in hand” in the unity of their divine nature. If we are to walk together in Heaven with our Lord, we must learn to walk with Him in this life. David in the 23rd Psalm declares “Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.” (Psa 23:4) Shepherds walk and live with their sheep. They have an ever present eye upon them. As we learned in an earlier Proclamation, we do not fear the rod or staff. Jesus leads us now to guide us and direct us to the path of righteousness. If we will allow Him, He is training us to be prepared to walk with Him in that day of glory.
The complete statement of Jesus is as follows: “And they will walk with Me in white, for they are worthy. The one who overcomes, this one will be clothed in white clothing.” We just talked about walking with the Lord. We are now going to cover what it means to walk in “white” and to be clothed in “white clothing.” The white robes are given to us as we read, “And white robes were given unto every one of them; and it was said unto them, that they should rest yet for a little season,” (Rev 6:11a) We receive these robes as a reward for overcoming the world. We see this explained further in the book of Revelation. Let us read, “And one of the elders answered, saying unto me, What are these which are arrayed in white robes? and whence came they? And I said unto him, Sir, thou knowest. And he said to me, These are they which came out of great tribulation, and have washed their robes, and made them white in the blood of the Lamb. Therefore are they before the throne of God, and serve him day and night in his temple: and he that sitteth on the throne shall dwell among them. They shall hunger no more, neither thirst anymore; neither shall the sun light on them, nor any heat. For the Lamb which is in the midst of the throne shall feed them, and shall lead them unto living fountains of waters: and God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes.” (Rev 7:13-17)
Again, we see the full nature of the Shepherd on earth as in heaven. The precious blood of Jesus has washed us of our own filthy unrighteousness, through our faith in Jesus. “God hath set forth to be a propitiation through faith in his blood…” (Rom 3:25a) Propitiation in this context means Advocate. So, through our faith in Jesus and his righteous blood, He becomes our defenses against the judgment against Sin. He is our protector!
Again we read, “For we through the Spirit wait for the hope of righteousness by faith.” (Gal 5:5) The white clothes we walk in are made white by the One we walk with! We are made worthy though our faith in Him. We are clothed in His righteous glory. If we trust the shepherd, He will guide us home. The focus of this Proclamation is on glory. First, the glory of the Father was upon the Son, and then glory of the Son is to be upon the children. “Jesus answered, If I honour myself, my honour is nothing: it is my Father that honoureth me; of whom ye say, that he is your God:” (Joh 8:54) Jesus declares the source of the glory and He longs for us to see it. “Father, I will that they also, whom thou hast given me, be with me where I am; that they may behold my glory, which thou hast given me: for thou lovedst me before the foundation of the world.” (Joh 17:24a) This glory was upon our Lord before the foundation of the world. Jesus tells us, “And this is life eternal, that they might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent. I have glorified thee on the earth: I have finished the work which thou gavest me to do. And now, O Father, glorify thou me with thine own self with the glory which I had with thee before the world was.” (Joh 17:3-5)
“For he received from God the Father honour and glory, when there came such a voice to him from the excellent glory, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.” (2Pe 1:17) As we have just read, Daddy has given Jesus great glory. The reason for this study is to show that Jesus is giving us what the Father has given Him. So let’s continue on and see what Jesus has to say, “And the glory which thou gavest me I have given them; that they may be one, even as we are one:” (Joh 17:22) The glory that the Father has given Jesus is the Glory our Lord is giving us as we walk in white with Him. You see we are called to glory; we are called to be partakers of His divine nature. “Grace and peace be multiplied unto you through the knowledge of God, and of Jesus our Lord, According as his divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue: Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.” (2Pe 1:2-4) We are to be just like him. Allow me to share with you one more verse to explain how great this glory is we receive from Jesus. “… And at that time thy people shall be delivered, every one that shall be found written in the book. And many of them that sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake, some to everlasting life, and some to shame and everlasting contempt. And they that be wise shall shine as the brightness of the firmament; and they that turn many to righteousness as the stars for ever and ever.” (Dan 12:1a-3) This white we walk in is the Glory of Jesus. This white clothing we receive is white through the blood of Jesus. Jesus gives us His Holiness and Divine nature so we will be able to be in the presence of our Holy Father, forever! This is the glory in white!
Let’s Pray “Daddy, I understand that you are “Holy,” “Just” and “True.” I also know that darkness has no fellowship with the light. Moreover, You have given us Your Son as a light to the world. This way we can be with You. He is our shepherd and leader. I trust Him to lead me home, to lead me to Your presence. I also believe that when we are covered in His righteousness, we can once again walk hand in hand with You. I long for the day of Your embrace. I patiently wait to see Your face.” In Jesus’ precious and holy name we pray, Amen!
~We Shall Be Like Him – 1 John 3:2~