The Heavenly Haberdasher

The Heavenly Haberdasher

Words of Faith 11-7-19

Dr. Jeffrey D. Hoy © 2019

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Faith Fellowship Church - Melbourne, FL

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Colossians 3

[11] Here there is no Greek or Jew, circumcised or uncircumcised, barbarian, Scythian, slave or free, but Christ is all, and is in all. [12] Therefore, as God's chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. [13] Bear with each other and forgive whatever grievances you may have against one another. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. [14] And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity.

 

     Paul makes it clear—we must put to death our old earthly nature.  We must also get rid of the old clothes that we wore in our former way of life—the old patterns of anger, rage, malice, slander, filthy language, and lies.  But what are we to wear now?  That is where Christ comes in as our Heavenly Haberdasher.

      A Haberdasher is an old word from England referring to a clothier who had everything a gentleman needed for the perfect wardrobe.  That is the Lord Jesus.  He has everything that we need for our new life in Christ.  He has the perfect wardrobe because He is the perfect wardrobe.

      In the life of the Spirit, we are no longer to dress according to class or group or the divisions set up by culture.  These are no longer our clothing.  In Christ, there is no Greek or Jew, barbarian, Scythian, slave or free, but Christ is all and is in all.   The old ways are gone!  Our new clothing is the compassion of Christ—his kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience.  These are the outward qualities that people will see and notice in us.  This is the clothing of Christ that will witness of His presence within. 

      People will notice this clothing, but even more, they will notice our behavior.  The world will see when we bear with one another.  As believers, we are called to put up with one another in difficult situations.  We are able to be patient and forgiving whatever grievances come up between us.  We can forgive because the Lord first forgave us.

      Over everything, we are to put on love, which binds us together in perfect unity.  They will know we are Christians not by our uniformity, but by our unity.  They will see that we are followers of Christ because at the core, we follow the same Lord and Christ.  Our marching orders may differ, but our love for Christ and the Spirit within us is the same.

       So are you ready for some new clothes?  It is time to visit the Heavenly Haberdasher.  He has it all. Get some compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience.  Choose to depend upon the Spirit rather than the flesh and bear with others forgiving whatever grievances you may have against another. Put on love and be bound to other believers in unity.

 

      Lord Jesus, I want the new clothes!  I want the new wardrobe that is found only in You.  Measure me carefully.  Fit me perfectly.  Give me what I need for today.  Prepare me for what I will need to wear tomorrow.  In Jesus’ Name.

 

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