Spurgeon: December AM* 12/08/AM
"Thou hast a few names even in Sardis which have not defiled
their garments; and they shall walk with me in white: for they
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 imputed 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 dresses 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 thy way, eat thy
bread with joy, and drink thy wine with a merry heart. Let thy
garments be always white, for God hath accepted thy 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.
Whence so many doubts, so much misery, and mourning? It is
because so many believers defile their garments with sin and
error, 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 up yonder, where the
white-robed hosts sing perpetual hallelujahs to the Most High.
They shall possess joys inconceivable, happiness beyond a dream,
bliss which imagination knoweth not, blessedness which even the
stretch of desire hath 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 sweet company they shall drink of the living
fountains of waters.