Most of us spend a considerable amount of time, money and attention on our clothes. But there are some clothes we may not have thought much about. Several years ago, I met Ruth Catalano, a teacher, prophet, and missionary to the American Indians, Sallisaw,Oklahoma. ‘Sister Ruth’ while visiting in Virginia and NC spoke on II Corinthians 5:1-4 and I had the privilege of hearing it. She spoke about clothing, ‘a clothing upon’ as the King James version says, that has an eternal value to us.
“For we know that if our earthly house of this tabernacle were dissolved, we have a building of God, an house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens. For in this we groan, earnestly desiring to be clothed upon with our house which is from heaven: If so be that being clothed we shall not be found naked. For we that are in this tabernacle do groan, being burdened: not for that we would be unclothed, but clothed upon, that mortality might be swallowed up of life.”
I would like to share some of what I understand as I re-listened to the tape of her talk. She said, from my understanding, that the Holy Spirit clothes us. He clothes the soul, that is the mind, will and emotions. He clothes us with Himself, with the life of Jesus Christ as we follow Him in obedience. The more we groan (hunger and thirst for Him) and allow Him to change us, the more clothing we have of Him. She said we may think we are going to get a heavenly mansion or house some day in heaven, but the Holy Ghost is the house and when we want Him and His ways, He clothes us with Himself. He is housing our souls and He is preparing our house right here, right now, in this life, in us. This is our eternal destiny, our heavenly home. When this body has to go in death, she asks, ‘what’s left?’ She says if we have been allowing the Holy Spirit to have His way in our lives, then He is our clothing, our housing. And our souls are protected in this ‘house’ and we are taken by the angels, without fear, to the Father. But, if we have rejected Christ and His blood, then we don’t have any clothes on. Our soul is naked. And because it is bare and unprotected, the enemy powers can take it to hell because either Jesus is the master or the devil is the master. God doesn’t send us there, she says. We get taken there because we chose in this life to reject the Lord’s protective housing, the clothes of the Holy Spirit.
Clothes for the body are necessary but clothes for our souls are priceless. This is something to think about.