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What Is Nakedness? (2 Corinthians 5:3)

Introductory Thoughts

At first glance, this passage appears to be less expressive than many others which cover a wider range of study. After all, a single reading of our passage proves that nakedness is the opposite of being clothed or covered. This truth is confirmed by other similar passages as well (Leviticus 18:6; Job 24:7; Isaiah 58:7). However, this subject is much more complicated than merely whether someone is covered or not. It is important to understand the full context. For example, is nakedness the failure to cover every part of the body or are there parts of the body considered secret or private (Isaiah 3:17)? Though there are certainly other secret or private parts, the Lord plainly declared that uncovering the legs and thighs was nakedness (Isaiah 47:1-3). For this reason, the priests were told to wear breeches to cover these parts under their priestly attire (Exodus 28:42).

Devotional Thoughts

  • (For children): A baby is born wearing nothing (Job 1:21a). The Bible calls this nakedness. Wearing clothing looking like undergarments in front of others is also nakedness. Read what Peter did when he was fishing and knew the Lord was on the shore (John 21:7).
  • (For everyone):  If failure to cover certain parts of our body is considered nakedness, what should we do? Should we be ashamed if we fail to cover those parts?
  • The Lord should have the ultimate say in what we wear and what we cover. Does He have authority in this area of your life? Could He convict you about what you wear?

Prayer Thoughts

  • Ask the Lord to give you a willing heart to conform to His will.
  • Ask God to teach you how to dress in a way that pleases Him.