This post at Scriptorium Blogorium notes a powerful symbolic connection in the scriptures between the temple garment and the body of Christ. This was one of those things that made my jaw drop and wonder how I’d never noticed it before.
I’ve always thought of wearing the garment as analogous to the rest of the Christian world wearing crosses on a necklace–a reminder of covenants and an expression of personal consecration. This still seems apt, but there’s also a deeper level to it.
I’m reminded now of instances in both the Bible and the Book of Mormon where the resurrected Christ invited people to feel his wounds (John 20:26-28, 3 Nephi 11:13-15). Perhaps wearing the temple garment is symbolic of that tangible communion. Seeing this as such makes the garment not only a reminder of covenants, but itself a powerful expression of belief in the core Christian doctrine of the Atonement of Jesus Christ. Wearing it is an act of faith in God. As this aspect of our religion continues to be ridiculed in the media, understanding its meaning will do us a lot of good.
This also gives a profound new dimension to Paul’s assertion in Galatians 6:17: “From henceforth let no man trouble me: for I bear in my body the marks of the Lord Jesus.”