A Well-Dressed Priest: Christ, Our High Priest

Exodus 28:31

Adrian Rogers

Sermon Overview

Scripture Passage: Exodus 28:31

In order to enter the Holy of Holies in the tabernacle, Aaron, the chosen high priest, had to be properly dressed for worship. Because the Old Testament high priest is a picture of a Christian, the garments he wore have great spiritual application.

Exodus 28 gives intricate details about Aaron’s robe, which he wore to enter the presence of God.

First, the robe speaks of the Believer’s position.

The robe was made of linen. (See Ezekiel 44:17.) This was so the priest would not sweat as he ministered to the Lord. Sweat represents man’s effort, toil, and labor. When we come to Jesus, we cease from our own works and rest in Him.

Adrian Rogers says, “Nobody can come before the Holy of Holies…until he stops trying to save himself by his sweat…until he begins to rest in the finished work of the Lord Jesus Christ.”

This robe also speaks of the Believer’s profession.

Exodus 28:33-35 reveals that bells were woven into the hem of the robe. As long as the people in the outer court could hear the bells ringing, they knew Aaron was alive and moving around. It meant that God accepted the offering. When a Christian trusts in the finished work of Calvary, he will confess Christ; he “rings the bells” to tell others he’s alive.

Adrian Rogers says, “Confession without belief makes a man a hypocrite, but belief without confession reveals a coward.” Anyone who says he believes in Jesus but keeps it a secret deceives himself. We cannot be ashamed of our faith in Jesus; if we deny Him, He will deny us. (See Matthew 10:32.)

Finally, this robe speaks of the Believer’s possession: his fruit.

Exodus 28:33 says, “And upon its hem you shall make pomegranates of blue, purple, and scarlet, all around its hem…”

There is to be a balance in the Believer’s life of testimony and fruit. If we are sharing our faith, we must also bear fruit in our lives that proves our confession.

Galatians 5:22 shares the Fruit of the Spirit—nine characteristics manifesting in all Spirit-filled believers as they spend more time with Jesus Christ.

Apply it to your life

Are you properly dressed for worship? Have you confessed that you believe in the finished work of Jesus Christ? Ring the bells today to tell someone about your faith. Wear the fruit to show people.