Exodus 28:2 And thou shalt make holy garments for Aaron thy brother for glory and for beauty.
1 Peter 2:9 But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light:
Colossians 3:12-14 Put on therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, bowels of mercies, kindness, humbleness of mind, meekness, longsuffering; Forbearing one another, and forgiving one another, if any man have a quarrel against any: even as Christ forgave you, so also do ye. And above all these things put on charity, which is the bond of perfectness.
God instructed garments to be made for Aaron the high priest and his sons. These garments were called holy. Of course, this beautiful description of the ministry of the high priest prophetically points to our Glorious Lord Jesus Christ, Who carries us on His shoulders, and bears us upon His heart in the very presence of His Father. Glorious! But I would like you to see this morning, beloved, that those who are in Christ Jesus are collectively identified as a royal priesthood. Both Paul and Peter state that as priests we too are called to be holy. The Old Testament priests needed to wear the garments to minister unto The Lord. As priests of The Most High God, New Testament priests must wear the garments of who we are in Christ in order to bear fruit and be a witness of His redeeming grace in this dark world.
What is the wardrobe of the New Testament priesthood? Mercy, kindness, humility, meekness, long suffering, forbearance, forgiveness, and above all things, the greatest garment of all, the God-kind of love that reflects the image and likeness of Jesus Christ. The purpose of these garments is that they would express the beauty and glory of God. So, when you are getting ready for work or school this morning, before you ponder the clothing you will wear, stand in front of the mirror of God’s Word, and make sure you first put on the garments of the new man you are in Christ. Dress up today for the glory of God and to make Jesus look beautiful to a lost and dying world.