Morning, December 8, edited from Spurgeon’s Morning and Evening
“But you have a few people in Sardis who have not soiled their garments; and they will walk with Me in white, for they are worthy.” — Revelation 3:4
We may understand this to refer to justification. “They shall walk in white;” that is, they shall enjoy a constant sense of their own justification by faith; they shall understand that the righteousness of Christ is credited to them, that they have all been washed and made whiter than the newly fallen snow.
Again, it refers to joy and gladness: for white robes were holiday dress among the Jews. They who have not defiled their garments shall have their faces always bright; they shall understand what Solomon meant when he said “Go then, eat your bread in happiness and drink your wine with a cheerful heart; for God has already approved your works.” He who is accepted of God shall wear white garments of joy and gladness, while he walks in sweet communion with the Lord Jesus. From what source comes so many doubts, so much misery, and mourning? It is because so many believers defile their garments with sin and oversight, and hence they lose the joy of their salvation, and the comfortable fellowship of the Lord Jesus; they do not here below walk in white.
The promise also refers to walking in white before the throne of God. Those who have not defiled their garments here shall most certainly walk in white in heaven, where the white-robed hosts sing perpetual praise to the Most High. They shall possess joys inconceivable, happiness beyond a dream, bliss which imagination cannot know, blessedness which even the extent of desire has not reached. The “undefiled in the way” shall have all this–not of merit, nor of works, but of grace. They shall walk with Christ in white, for he has made them “worthy.” In his delightful company they shall drink of the living fountains of waters.