“Whose adorning let it not be that outward adorning of plaiting the hair and of wearing of gold, or of putting on of apparel”. 1Pet 3:3.
To adorn is to put on a garment. It may be a casual dress, a gorgeous wear or a working dress as the occasion may demand. Of course, we know the primary purpose of a dress is to cover our nakedness. Although strangely, fashion has become a moral cancer that is uncovering the nakedness of women. Making womanhood to look cheap and ordinary. Their glory and invincibility has been traded off in exchange for fashion. So sad and shameful.
What is a wardrobe? It is a corner piece in our bedrooms where our collective clothes are kept; native attires, English wears, designers garments, professional or uniform wears amongst other valuable wears. We can imagine the scene of our wardrobes right now. Some of us have our wardrobes in-built with lock and key. Others have their dresses hung in iron or wooden rails that are not enclosed. ‘Port Moto’ and trunk boxes are home to the dresses of others. Some in ‘Ghana-must-go-bags’. Yet still others who are not priviledged or carefree make do by dumping their clothes on their beds or wrap them up in spreadsheets. Wardrobes come in diverse forms depending on the individual.
Is it incredible to think that God has a wardrobe lined up with different designs of garments for different purposes and occasions? No! It is rather curious to know that Satan the devil has a wardrobe too. Reading from Matthew 7:15 “Beware of false prophets who come to you in sheep clothing but inwardly they are ravening wolves”. This is just one of Satan’s garments. “DECEPTION”. Impostors, hypocrites, make believers, hybrid religious bigots are adorned (worn) by Satan in the garb of professing Christians (Sheep clothing) to misrepresent, dislocate and misinterpret the word of God. Genesis 3:1 – 7, Satan adorned the serpent to seduce Adam and Eve to disobey God’s commandment in Genesis 2:16 – 17. “For such are false apostles, deceitful workers transforming themselves into the apostles of Christ”. 2 Corinthians 11:13.
Spirits adorn themselves by possessing human bodies. Just as we say “Body dey inside cloth” spirits quips “we dey inside body”. False prophets, false apostles, false teachers, false pastors, false preachers, false miracle workers and false deacons, choir members, church members are arrays of garments in Satan’s wardrobe amongst others in the endless list.
“God is a spirit” – John 4:24. This great Holy Spirit embodies Himself in human bodies. A God possessed (filled) life enables men to see the glory, goodness and love of God expressed. This is what Christianity is all about and that is what Jesus Christ exemplified.
A Satan possessed life show cases the evil and wickedness of Satan the devil. This is the definition of a Christ-less person as Judas Iscariot manifested. “Wherefore by their fruits you shall know them”. Matthew 7:20. This way, the Disciples of Christ were identified in Antioch where they were first called ‘Christians’ – Acts 11:26. Everyone born by the Spirit of God is God’s dress wear. “If the Spirit of God is not in you, you are not a part of God”. Romans 8:9. So also, when a man or woman is worn by a witchcraft spirit, it controls and uses the person, hence at night, they fly out to their coven meeting to hatch out their diabolical evil manipulations and execute such wickedness on innocent souls.
God’s wardrobe is composed of an array of dignified and valuable wears. Depending on the occasion, He adorns Himself in His chosen man for service.
There are prophetic dresses in God’s wardrobe. These are Major and Minor Prophets like Noah, Abraham, Moses, Isaiah, Jesus Christ, Nahum etc. To these, God reveals His secrets which they in turn echo to humanity. Amos 3:7.
God’s military dress wears include men like Joshua, David, Gideon etc worn for battles and the conquest of His adversaries.
In times of National or Dispensational Apostasy or Backsliding, God wears restoration garments (prophets) with the spirit and power to turn the people’s back to God. Elijah, Elisha (1Kings 18:37), John the Baptist (Malachi 4:5 – 6, Luke 1:17) are God’s dress wears for this assignment.
Aaron the High Priest is a priestly garment worn by God to atone for the sins of the people. Jesus Christ was expressly adorned by God as a New Testament High Priest in the order of Melchizedek to die the most shameful death on the cross to redeem humanity. “God was in Christ reconciling the world to Himself”. 2 Corinthians 5:18
No mortal can wish away this sacrifice by the option of religion, philosophy, sect, personal opinion and go free? Hebrews 2:3. “How can we escape if we neglect so great a salvation”.
Other dress wears of God include garments of evangelism or missionary work. Jonah, Phillip, Jesus Christ, Paul are such garments in God’s wardrobe. The apostles of Jesus Christ were an array of glowing garments worn by God to establish the foundation truth of the Church of God as Ephesians 2:19 puts it. “Upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets are we built”. God has designers’ wears, custom sown, one in town. Those who endures reproaches, persecutions, distresses, trials, the suffering of Christ constitutes these dress wears in God’s wardrobe. Abraham’s 25 years ordeal on the waiting list and his obedience to kill an only son was one in town. Job was declared by God to Satan that there was none like him in all the earth. He was a designer wear. Daniel, in the lion’s den, Meshack, Abednego, Sheddrack in the fiery furnace were uncommon. The death of Jesus Christ was exceptional, no doubt a designer’s wear.
Are you a dress wear of God or of Satan? God’s wardrobe is the born again family of God. How sad, if you are not among God’s dress wear in His wardrobe.