The twenty-four elders in Revelation 4 are clothed in white robes. Those who overcame are promised to walk with Christ and be clothed with white garments. (Revelation 3:4, 5) Isaiah wrote that the Lord “has covered me with the robe of righteousness…” (Isaiah 61:10)
Since the fall of Adam and Eve, mankind has deemed it appropriate to be clothed. Prior to their sin they were naked and not ashamed. (Genesis 2:25) When they sinned they hid themselves and were afraid because they were naked. (Genesis 3:10) They attempted to cover their nakedness with a fig leaf, but their covering was not sufficient. It required a sacrifice that God provided – an animal skin to be an acceptable covering.
The need for a physical garment is a picture of our need for a spiritual garment. The Lord counseled the church at Laodicea to buy from Him white garments that the shame of their nakedness may not be revealed. (Revelation 3:18) It wasn’t their physical nakedness that He was speaking about. It was their spiritual nakedness.
The 24 elders represent those who stand before God having their spiritual nakedness covered. They had not relied on their works to be accepted by God. They had trusted in Christ and had “become the righteousness of God in Him.” (II Corinthians 5:21) Like Adam and Eve, God provided the garment and clothed them with a white robe – the perfect righteousness of Christ. Therefore, they were not standing naked in their own righteousness.
Isaiah spoke concerning Israel that “we are all like an unclean thing. And all our righteousnesses are like filthy rags.” (64:6) How are you clothed today? Do you have filthy rags as a covering or are you clothed with a white robe of the righteousness of Christ?