3 Layers: “In Christ,” “Unity,” and “Live Up”
Elizabeth Koerner | Not for sale
I am actively involved in the fashion community here in NWA and have had amazing opportunities to use the fashion platform to have spiritual conversations and express the love of Jesus to others. As I start each fashion project, I pray and seek God’s direction. However, this is the first time I have designed specifically to capture and translate particular spiritual ideas directly from the Bible into clothing. I have been challenged, encouraged, and reminded of the incredible kindness of God to me and the body of believers as I have spent many hours considering these ideas while praying and creating.
From Philippians, three themes captured my thinking: “In Christ,” “Unity,” and “Live Up” [to what you have already attained]. These three themes inspire the three layers of this dress.
In Christ: Phil 1:1, 1:26, 3:3, 3:9, 3:10, 3:14, 4:7, 4:19, 4:21
Sheer Layer: This foundational sheer layer represents being “in Christ” - covered completely and still visible as His creation. The repeating three lines of emphasis represent the Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
According to Philippians, being in Christ means we are holy, glorifiers, servants, found, righteous by faith, knowing Christ, becoming like Christ, ones with perseverance, called heavenward, guarded, at peace, without need, in community.
Unity: Phil 2:2, 2:3, 2:4, 2:7, 2:8, 4:1
Unity is the middle layer of this look. Unity is represented by repetition and the use of various white fabrics in this and all these layers, representing purity by Christ’s shed blood.
According to Philippians, unity in the body of Christ means we are to stand firm, striving for one faith. We are to be as one, like-minded, having the same love, loving one another, being one in spirit, humbly valuing others above ourselves, making ourselves nothing, serving one another, and being full of joy.
Live Up [to what you have already attained]: Phil 1:27, 2:5, 3:16
The outer layer represents our attainment in Christ. The repetition of the three lines represents the Father, Son and the Holy Spirit.
According to Philippians, we must live based on our settled righteousness in Christ. We have regal standing. We are ready and able to experience what is already true about us. We can stand firm, live belonging to Christ, live highly valued, live understanding we have great worth, live with purpose, live with a secure future, and live in unity and humility.