There is a previous description of the clothes of Godís people in Revelation 7:13-14. There, they have washed their clothes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb. The Lamb means Christ; his blood is a reference to his death. The meaning is that Godís people can only serve him properly because of Christís death. They do not depend on their own efforts or their own good works to save them. God has forgiven them and he has given them a right relationship with himself because of Christís death (see Isaiah 1:18).
Here in Revelation 19:8, the description is of the brideís clothes at a royal wedding. The bridegroom is Christ and Godís people, together, are the bride (Ephesians 5:31-32).
The description here continues the previous description. Now we know the material of the clothes. Its name is byssus, which is a fine and good quality type of the material called linen.
We read previously that Godís people had washed their clothes in Christís blood. Now, we see that the clothes are clean. That is, Godís people are free from sin (evil deeds). Similarly, we read that they made their clothes white. Now, we see that the clothes are bright. That is perhaps a word-picture: Godís people show his goodness.
John also explains the meaning of these clothes. They mean the righteous deeds (good acts) of Godís holy people. The word for Ďrighteous deedsí does not mean that they have earned their right relationship with God by their good deeds (Romans 4:1-6). That word, DIKAIOMA, means the expression and result when God declares someone righteous (good). God declares his people righteous because they have accepted Christís death for them (Romans 4:22-25). Now, Christ lives in them (Colossians 1:27). Because of that, they can do the acts of which God approves (Ephesians 2:10).
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