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A Message From Peter James


The Garment


Recently I heard a message from Henry Gruver.

He made comments about the garments of overcomers which brought a new clarity

to biblical statements with which I was familiar. The repercussions of what he said

kept coming in a constant stream. These thoughts are what I am now sharing with you.

I hope to put some of his video messages on my website as audio messages,

Unfortunately as I write this the site has disappeared from the Internet

I cannot say that I am surprised !!


We concern ourselves very much with our clothes and our appearance.

Each one of these areas is a multi-billion dollar industry.

The vast majority of people including children want designer clothes,

and trainers with named brands.

They are happy to pay excessively more for clothing which advertise the name

of an organisation, rather than buy the identical garment without the name emblazoned

all across the item. Many are prepared to pay to become walking billboards !     

The fashions come and go like clockwork.

Few want to wear anything that is not ‘in fashion’.

We are pre-occupied with the physical garments, but ignore the reality of the spiritual,

which often differs from our perspective of it.


In spite of us buying and wearing our Sunday/Sabbath best,

Christ makes the following statement about a section of His church.


Revelation 3:14 And unto the angel of the church of the Laodiceans write;

these things saith the Amen, the faithful and true witness, the beginning of the creation of God;

15  I know thy works, that thou art neither cold nor hot: I would thou wert cold or hot.

16  So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of my mouth.

17  Because thou sayest, I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing;

and knowest not that thou art wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked:

18  I counsel thee to buy of me gold tried in the fire, that thou mayest be rich;

and white raiment, that thou mayest be clothed, and that the shame of thy nakedness do not appear;

and anoint thine eyes with eyesalve, that thou mayest see.

19  As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten: be zealous therefore, and repent.

20  Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door,

I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me.


Here we see a luxurious church, the Laodicean church, which is prevalent today.

In practice I have not met anyone who claims to be part of any church except

the Philadephian church.

The fact is that you can claim to be whatever you feel, but that does make it a reality.

Many are content to live a lie.


In this church we see people who feel that they are in need of nothing.

They have somewhere to live, food to eat, clothes to wear, easy transportation

and endless sport and entertainment of every imaginable type.


Christ’s evaluation of the church is the very opposite of how the church perceives itself.

Christ says that in reality they are wretched, miserable, poor, blind and naked,

regardless of what they think of themselves.

They think ‘we never had it so good’.


The Truth is very different.

In spite of their designer clothes they are naked.

In spite of their riches they are poor.

In spite of their entertainment, holidays and every physical comfort, they are wretched and miserable.

In spite of their seeing eyes, they are blind and utterly unable to recognise truth,

                  muchless differentiate between truth and lies.


Many of these people go to their Sunday/Sabbath services, their biblical training courses,

their bible studies, other church related activities, and their outreach programs.


Often they are as far removed from Christ as they can be.

They are quite happy to follow the traditions of men rather than listen to the Eternal God.


This is the answer to the question of how can they be in this dire condition?

Their physical situation, wealth and prosperity has nothing to do with their spiritual condition.


This is a huge slap in the face for the health and wealth preachers.


We are told that there is a spirit in man.


Job 32:8  But there is a spirit in man: and the inspiration of the Almighty giveth them understanding.


Spirit by definition is non-physical.

Therefore our physical clothes cannot cover our spiritual bodies and its condition.

Things of the spirit are in one realm and physical things are in another realm.


Luke 24:36   And as they thus spake, Jesus himself stood in the midst of them,

and saith unto them, Peace be unto you.

37  But they were terrified and affrighted, and supposed that they had seen a spirit.

38  And he said unto them, Why are ye troubled? and why do thoughts arise in your hearts?

39  Behold my hands and my feet, that it is I myself:

handle me, and see; for a spirit hath not flesh and bones, as ye see me have.


Christ did not tell His disciples that they were speaking nonsense when they thought that

when they had seen Him, that they had seen a spirit.

Rather He explained to them the difference between a physical human body and a human spirit.

From what He said we can deduce that a human spirit looks exactly the same as a physical human being.

The difference is that a spirit does not have flesh and bones.


When we die our spirit returns to God, who gave it in the first place.


Ecclesiates 12:7  Then shall the dust return to the earth as it was:

and the spirit shall return unto God who gave it.


Of course the dead know nothing, we see the physical body lying in a coffin.


Ecclesiastes 9:5  For the living know that they shall die: but the dead know not any thing,

neither have they any more a reward; for the memory of them is forgotten.


The deceased is normally clothed, yet twice we read:


Job 1:21  And said, Naked came I out of my mother’s womb,

and naked shall I return thither: the LORD gave, and the LORD hath

taken away; blessed be the name of the LORD.


Ecclesiastes 5:15  As he came forth of his mother’s womb,

naked shall he return to go as he came,

and shall take nothing of his labour, which he may carry away in his hand.


Normally the deceased in Western countries are dressed in their favourite or best clothes,

yet we are told they return naked as they came.


At some point the genuine faithfully departed believers nakedness

will be clothed in their white robes.


Revelation 6:9  And when he had opened the fifth seal, I saw under the altar the souls

of them that were slain for the word of God, and for the testimony which they held:

10  And they cried with a loud voice, saying, How long, O Lord, holy and true,

dost thou not judge and avenge our blood on them that dwell on the earth?

11  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,

until their fellowservants also and their brethren, that should be killed as they were, should be fulfilled.


We also see that these ‘souls’ cried with a loud voice, they could communicate.

We also see that they could wear clothes.


I believe this is a literal account and not an allegory.


Revelation 19:8  And to her was granted that she should be arrayed in fine linen,

clean and white: for the fine linen is the righteousness of saints.


These white robes are woven from the righteousness of the saints wearing them.


Herein lies a problem.

Interestingly we read:


Isaiah 64:6  But we are all as an unclean thing, and all our righteousnesses are as filthy rags;

and we all do fade as a leaf; and our iniquities, like the wind, have taken us away.


This verse specifically links righteousness to garments,

but the fact is that ALL our righteousnesses are as filthy rags.


It is for this reason that I have consistently said that our works/outreach which

originates from us is not what the Eternal requires.

In fact we are to repent of dead works.


Hebrews 9:14  How much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit

offered himself without spot to God, purge your conscience from dead works to serve the living God?


That is why I am always quoting:


Ephesians 2:10  For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works,

which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.


Romans 13:12  The night is far spent, the day is at hand:

let us therefore cast off the works of darkness, and let us put on the armour of light.


A spirit body that is acceptable to God, is clothed in the righteous deeds,

which the Eternal God did through them.

It seems that the alternative is nakedness.

It does not seem that a spirit body can be clothed in filthy rags.


Thus we read in above:


Revelation 3:17 knowest not that thou art wretched, and miserable,

and poor, and blind, and naked:


Henry Gruver mentioned that in his vision of heaven, when he saw these white garments,

they were actually comprised of the works which were of the Eternal and acceptable to Him,

their righteousness.

He said that just by looking at the garment you could tell what were the acceptable works

that the person had done during their lifetime.

This is very sobering indeed when you consider that most are wrapped up in themselves.

It seems that there are an awful lot of naked people about.

As I feel that the physical often mirrors the spiritual,

I suppose that it is mirrored certainly in Western society with many people

trying to wear as little as possible.


To me this was an awesome thing to understand.

It is no wonder that Laodiceans are branded as naked.

That is because as far as the spirit is concerned, that is their precise position.


Matthew 22: 11  And when the king came in to see the guests, he saw there a man

which had not on a wedding garment:

12  And he saith unto him, Friend, how camest thou in hither not having a wedding garment?

And he was speechless.

13  Then said the king to the servants, Bind him hand and foot, and take him away,

and cast him into outer darkness; there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.


It is a fact that the unrighteous feel distinctly uncomfortable in the presence of someone

who is even a little righteous, and they want to get out of their company as soon as possible.

In the bigger picture, Adam and Eve were so fearful after they sinned that

they tried to hide from the Eternal.

They did not realize that there was and is no hiding place.


Once we were in darkness:


Romans 2:19  And art confident that thou thyself art a guide of the blind,

a light of them which are in darkness,


Ephesians 5:8  For ye were sometimes darkness,

but now are ye light in the Lord: walk as children of light:


Being blind, we are unable to see our true condition of nakedness.

Sadly we often have returned to the darkness, and are happy to shut our eyes

and close our ears so that we neither see nor hear.

Once this is done, communication is impossible until they decide to reverse the process.


Matthew 13:15  For this people’s heart is waxed gross, and their ears are dull of hearing,

and their eyes they have closed; lest at any time they should see with their eyes,

and hear with their ears, and should understand with their heart,

and should be converted, and I should heal them.


When your eyes are shut you cannot comprehend the darkness of the state in which you are.

When you cannot see, your nakedness does not bother you.

You are happy to wander aimlessly in the blackest night.


John 1:5  And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not.


John 3:19  And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world,

and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil.


But even worse we were actually darkness.


Ephesians 5:8  For ye were sometimes darkness, but now are ye light in the Lord:

walk as children of light:


When Adam and Eve were made, they were physically naked but not ashamed.

Prior to their sin their spirit was awaiting their choice of whether they would

eat of the Tree of Life or of the Tree of death.


Genesis 2:23  And Adam said, This is now bone of my bones,

and flesh of my flesh: she shall be called Woman,

because she was taken out of Man.

24  Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother,

and shall cleave unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh.

25  And they were both naked, the man and his wife, and were not ashamed.


They chose the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, death.


Genesis 2:16   And the LORD God commanded the man, saying,

Of every tree of the garden thou mayest freely eat:

17  But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil,

thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die.


The result of their choice which was rebellion and sin,

was not only death, but also the realization of their nakedness.

This was far more than becoming aware of their physical nakedness.

As they were made in the image of the Creator it is more than likely that

they also had a covering of light, which disappeared when they sinned.

They were man and wife, but now they were ashamed and frightened.

Their spirit had been profoundly affected.

Their relationship with their Creator had been broken.

Spiritually they were very naked, and could never attend Christ’s wedding feast in that state.

Christ had to come, suffer and die in order to repair the breach so that once

again they could be clothed in the proper acceptable garments

which they were created to wear in the first place.


For our spirit to be naked is not a small matter.

It took the death of our Creator Saviour to correct this disaster.

Sadly many prefer to continue doing their own thing, rejecting the instructions

of Christ although they claim to be Christians.

Like a two year old they are quite content to run around with nothing on.


Genesis 3:7  And the eyes of them both were opened, and they knew that they were naked;

and they sewed fig leaves together, and made themselves aprons.

8  And they heard the voice of the LORD God walking in the garden in the cool of the day:

and Adam and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the LORD God

amongst the trees of the garden.

9 And the LORD God called unto Adam, and said unto him, Where art thou?

10  And he said, I heard thy voice in the garden, and I was afraid,

because I was naked; and I hid myself.

11 And he said, Who told thee that thou wast naked?

Hast thou eaten of the tree, whereof I commanded thee that thou shouldest not eat?

12  And the man said, The woman whom thou gavest to be with me,

she gave me of the tree, and I did eat.


We can clearly see that their idea of resolving their problem did not work at all.

Their fig leaf covering did not hide their fallen spiritual condition,

no more than our rituals, works and multitudinous activities cloak our pitiful spiritual condition.

Physical deeds cannot hide spiritual conditions.


It is truly sobering to think that all of our busyness,

rituals, self righteousness, even pride and arrogance,

with which we daily diligently concern ourselves,

do not produce a final result which is a beautiful white wedding garment woven of righteousness,

but rather filthy rags which simply expose our spiritual nakedness,

as clearly as not putting on clothes exposes our physical nakedness.


As I stated elsewhere Christ was looking for a chaste bride and he found a prostitute.


Adam and Eve had nowhere to hide.

Similarly this also leaves us with nowhere to hide.


Clever doctrinal, theological arguments, and words out of our mouths, will not,

indeed cannot hide the shame of our spiritual nakedness which will be laid bare for everyone to see. 

The Eternal is not interested in our theology, but rather our humility and obedience.


The pertinent questions for us all are these.


Are we naked?

Are our clothes simply filthy rags?

Are we allowing the Eternal to use us and allow HIM to make righteous garments

which are acceptable to HIM for us?


If the answer to these questions is no,

then urgent action is required to swiftly remedy the situation while there is still time.


Revelation 3: 18  I counsel thee to buy of me  (Christ) gold tried in the fire, that thou mayest be rich;

and white raiment, that thou mayest be clothed, and that the shame of thy nakedness do not appear;

and anoint thine eyes with eyesalve, that thou mayest see.


If we refuse to act we simply will not attend the wedding feast.


Matthew 22: 11  And when the king came in to see the guests, he saw there a man

which had not on a wedding garment:

12  And he saith unto him, Friend, how camest thou in hither not having a wedding garment?

And he was speechless.

13  Then said the king to the servants, Bind him hand and foot, and take him away,

and cast him into outer darkness; there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.


Surely none of us want to be found in the position of this unfortunate person

who tried to gate crash the wedding feast !!


I certainly hope not.



There is only way out of this dilemma, it is Jesus Christ.

       He is the our clothing, our everything.

             Praise the Lord.

          Come soon Lord Jesus.





 Messages By Peter James

(Bible Explanations, Messages of Life, Hope & Encouragement)