Dress and Adornment
"Jesus Christ . . . gave Himself for us, that He might
. . .purify for Himself His own special people, zealous for good
works" (Titus 2:13,14). When we really love Jesus we will be
zealous to glorify Him in the way we live. This involves such practical
matters as eating, dressing, giving, spending our time, relating
to family members, and witnessing. These things will not save us,
but if Jesus is abiding in our hearts we will be growing more and
more like Him every day. These last six lessons discuss these issues.
Our topic today is on how to dress to the glory of Christ.
did Jesus say about the way men look at women? Matt. 5:27-29
[Note: God made the home for perfect compatibility. He made the
man to notice his wife, and the woman to be noticed by
her husband. But when men lust, or women dress to invite lust, outside
of marriage, it is adultery. Thus the Bible deals with men's eyes
and women's dress. [The Further-study verses are Prov. 4:25; Heb.
4:12; Mark 7:21; Isa. 55:7; Ps. 139:23, 24]
2. How are
wives to be submissive to their husbands? 1 Peter 3:1-5
[Ans: By modesty in conduct, conversation, and dress. God made men
and women equal, but in the home He made the wife to be submissive
to her husband's godly affections (not the world's). Women are not
to seek the world's attraction by wearing outward ornamentation.
Submission was to help create peace and happiness for wives, but
in sin men have often exploited their wives rather than loving them
and encouraging them to reach their potential. Eph. 5:22, 25-28]
3. How should
Christian women dress, and what should they not wear? 1 Tim.
2:9 [Note: This text sets forth perfect guidelines for dress:
modest, appropriate, and moderate dress; but not extreme hairdos,
gold, pearls, or costly clothing. Deut. 22:5]
the Lord judges His people, what fault does He find with the "daughters
of Zion"? Isa. 3:13, 16, 18-24 [Note: Many of these
items of jewelry came from the idolworshipping countries around
Israel. People in many heathen countries still adorn themselves
heavily with jewelry. Num. 31:50; 1 Kings 16:31; 2 Kings 9:30]
since 1844, we are living in the "hour of God's judgment."
When coming down to judge ancient Israel, what did God tell them
to do with the ornaments that they had adopted from the surrounding
countries? Ex. 33:5, 6 [Mal. 3:2, 3; 1 Peter 2:9]
with the household idols, what else did Jacob bury before meeting
with God? Gen. 35:1-4 [Hosea 2:13]
trait of character was at the root of Lucifer's downfall? Eze.
28:13, 15, 16 [Note: Pride led Lucifer to become selfcentered.
No doubt, his appearance when adorned with jewels encouraged him
to exalt himself. God is training us for heaven, therefore He forbids
us to wear jewelry lest we encourage pride. Rev. 21:19-21; Isa.
8. In what
kind of dress does God picture the woman that represents Satan's
kingdom? Rev. 17:4, 5 [Rev. 18:5-7, 16; Rev. 12:1]
kind of garment is to clothe God's people? Rev. 19:8
[Note: Our outer garments of simplicity and modesty should reveal
that we are wearing the inner garment of Christ's character. The
"fine linen" garment of Revelation, which all the saved
must wear, is "the righteousness of Christ, His own unblemished
character, that through faith is imparted to all who receive Him."--
Christ's Object Lessons, p. 310. Matt. 22:11-13; Job.
29:14; Isa. 52:1]
gives us this garment of Christ's righteousness? Zech. 3:2-5
[Isa. 64:6; Rev. 3:18]
11. As with
the symbolic clothing that represents our characters, in what condition
should our real clothing be when we meet with the Lord? Ex.
19:10 [Num. 8:21]
will eventually become of the world's vain adornments? 1
John 2:15-17 [James 4:4]
can we glorify God in our bodies? Rom. 12:1, 2 [John
God uses clothing to represent our characters; and in reality
the outer covering often reveals what is inside. God calls for every
Christian to be renewed, both within and without. He wants us to
dress tastefully and becomingly, in a manner that will attract attention
to Jesus instead of to ourselves. External adornments that encourage
pride God forbids--His perfect character is the only adornment the
true Christian needs. And that adornment will be more attractive
to the regenerate heart than external glitter! Is it your desire
to reflect Jesus' character in your manner of dress?
3 (Lessons 21-30): Becoming Part of Christ's Remnant People