by Paul Benson
A Dream That Was Not JUST A Dream
I would like to share with you a dream that I had many years ago. It was so real that to this very day I could not say for sure that it was only a dream. Have you ever had a dream so realistic that you could remember all the details, even the emotions of it, years later? That’s how this experience has stayed with me; like the memory of an important day or event, that returns to your mind from time to time.
I dreamt that all of the sudden I was no longer here on earth, but somewhere that was quite different. I had no recollection of how I had gotten there, only this overwhelming sense my life on earth had ended and was now a done deal. I had not even a clue as to whether I had died tragically in my thirties or of natural causes at a ripe old age.
As I stood there analyzing my situation I was flooded with the realization of the finality of my mortal life. No more jobs. No more bills to pay. No more battling with the flesh. That all the things I had left undone would remain forever unfinished; and all pain and strife were behind me. That the cares and troubles of my former life were now gone; and instead all I could feel in my heart was peace and contentment and love. At last I was totally free!
A Righteous Visitor
And then suddenly the Lord Jesus Christ was there! Standing next to me was the one who died on that cruel tree for my sins. The one by whom all things were created. The one with a Name above all other names. My Lord and my God standing there smiling at me. I didn’t even have time to collect my thoughts; or fall on my face to worship Him like I’d always pictured myself doing. As soon as I saw Him standing there smiling, He started speaking to me.
The way that He greeted me was so different from what I expected that I was left wondering how to respond. He said quite enthusiastically, “I’m so glad that you are here! I am so very glad you are here. I have been waiting for so long.” He wasn’t sitting on His throne. He was there by my side to welcome me. The Lord of all creation was greeting me like a close friend or brother not seen for a long time. In the Bible it says that there is a friend that sticks closer than a brother. Now I had met Him face to face. And I just stood there so dumbfounded that I couldn’t even think of something to say to Him.
Then He spoke again and said, “Did you bring it?” I thought, “Huh? What did He just say?” And He repeated His words, “Did you bring it?” Barely able to speak I got out the words, “Did I bring what, Lord?” And He said, “The righteousness that I gave you.” Then I looked down at myself, and I was wearing it like a robe! It was pure white and beautiful, and it looked like it was full of life. I said, “Yes, I have it!”
At that moment I knew that everything was alright, and always would be. I had many times in the past said I didn’t believe in ‘eternal security’; but now I knew there was such a thing. Not security found in the doctrine of a ‘salvation experience’ that could or could not be lost. But secure in a Person and His gift of Righteousness. I had ran the race and won the prize!
Then He said, “Come with me, I want to show you what I have been doing.” He then took me to a lot of different places and showed me many things. I did not retain the memory of what He showed me; only that they were things awesome beyond description and beyond imagination. I don’t know if He was showing me things He had been creating; or if maybe He was revealing to me the magnificent truths of our redemption in all of their fullness. I just don’t remember, and believe me I have tried!
A Curious Guest
Then while He was showing/revealing one of these things to me, all of the sudden like I noticed another person was there with us – but standing at a distance from us. And also an angel was there. I looked at that other person and I couldn’t tell if it was a man or a woman, but I could tell that the person was naked. Not naked like a nude body, but like a naked spirit. And also very obese. Not obese like rolls of fat and flab, but like a spirit all bloated with pride and self.
A Voice That Thundered
Then the Lord spoke again, not like He had spoken to me, but in a voice that thundered and said, “What is that person doing here?” Now I watched as the bloated spirit-person struggled for words of defense or explanation, but none came. And the look of pride and self-righteousness gave way to an expression of horror as the Lord’s voice thundered again and said, “Take that person from My presence!” Then I saw the angel move to obey the Lord, and at this point I awoke. I felt the Spirit of the Lord upon me very strongly for days after that dream. I hope I remember it as long as I live.
Keep Your Clothes On!
…for he hath covered me with the robe of righteousness. Isaiah 61:10
He that overcometh, the same shall be clothed in white raiment and I will not blot out his name out of the book of life… Revelation 3:5
…and white raiment, that thou mayest be clothed, and that the shame of thy nakedness do not appear.
I hope that you also possess the precious garment which our heavenly Father purchased for us by the sacrifice of his Son on the Cross of Calvary. The gift of Christ’s righteousness is what brings us into right-standing with God. Without it we are lost, and on the way to Hell forever. When the time comes to stand and give an account of the deeds of this life, what an awesome thing it will be to go free because another has paid the price.
Hold that garment close and treasure it; you are going to need it!