The Holiness of God

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The Holiness of God is something the 21st Century world just doesn’t get. In fact, I think using the phrase ‘the 21st Century’ is too broad a generalisation. I would change that to 21st Century contemporary western Christianity. Many Christians in China or Africa for instance totally get it. Their zeal for the Lord is clear for all to see. Contrast these brothers and sisters to us in the west and there is a canyon seperating us. I’m not content with the state of Christianity in the west. I’m not content with my own low view of the Holiness of God. I’m not content to sit back and not strive to see change brought to the shores of my country. I’m not content to sit back and let a watered-down “gospel” become the main “gospel”. There is only one gospel, for there is only one Saviour. There is only one God and he is three-in-one. He is perfect, righteous, just, good, merciful, gracious, patient, forgiving, kind, mighty, all-powerful, all-knowing and he reigns over all. Oh and one more thing; let’s not forget like the culture in which we live has- He is Holy. Christians we must recapture an understanding of the Holiness of God. God is the same yesterday, today and forever. The exucse that times have changed does not stand, for God himself has not. Therefore it wouldn’t be a bad idea for us to follow the example of the saints who have gone before us. We want to change our society? We want to change the world? Then realise the awesome holiness of God. Realise that without Christ you would be destroyed by the Holiness of God if you were to stand before him. Realise that you can do nothing and change nothing without the power of the Holy Spirit moving in your life. How devoid of power the Christian church in the West is. All because we have attempted to push the holiness of God under the rug, in order to make us feel less guilty about our sin and in order to try and make the Gospel more palatable for unbelievers. Lord have mercy on us. I really do mean that. It is my souls conviction. Lord have mercy on me, for my sin. For my unfatihfulness. How holy, how awesome are you Lord on High. The whole earth is filled with your glory and the heavens declare your handiwork. We say we want to glorfiy your name yet you say “My heavens will do that for me. Guys, we have got to grasp the implications of God’s holiness or we will never get what it means to live for and be forgiven by the one true God and our lives will be wasted on mediocrity rather than radical, sold-out living for the Lord Jesus Christ.

“It is less injury to Him to deny His being, than to deny the purity of it; the one makes Him no God, the other a deformed, unlovely, and a detestable God….He that saith God is not holy speaks much worse than he that saith there is no God at all.”~ Stephen Charnock

“The presence of God in all of his holiness is devastating when we recognize our unholiness.” ~Michael S. Horton

“The historic Christian teaching on holiness has been largely forgotten, and that also is a pity, for it is central to the glory of God and the good of souls.” ~J.I.Packer

 The loss of the traditional vision of God as holy is now manifested everywhere in the evangelical world. It is the key to understanding why sin and grace have become such empty terms. What depth or meaning, P.T. Forsyth asked, can these terms have except in relation to the holiness of God? Divorced from the holiness of God, sin is merely self-defeating behavior or a breach in etiquette. Divorced from the holiness of God, grace is merely empty rhetoric, pious window dressing for the modern technique by which sinners work out their own salvation. Divorced from the holiness of God, our gospel becomes indistinguishable from any of a host of alternative self-help doctrines. Divorced from the holiness of God, our public morality is reduced to little more than an accumulation of trade-offs between competing private interests. Divorced from the holiness of God, our worship becomes mere entertainment.

 The holiness of God is the [foundation of reality]. Sin is defiance of God’s holiness, the Cross is the outworking and victory of God’s holiness, and faith is the recognition of God’s holiness. Knowing that God is holy is therefore the key to knowing life as it truly is, knowing Christ as he truly is, knowing why he came, and knowing how life will end. ~David Wells

The unregenerate do not really believe in the holiness of God. Their concept of His character is altogether one-sided. They fondly hope that His mercy will override everything else. . . . They think only of a god patterned after their own evil hearts, hence their continuance in a course of mad folly.– A.W. Pink“Exalt the Lord our God and worship at His footstool; Holy is He…Exalt the Lord our God and worship at His holy hill, for Holy is the Lord our God.” ~Psalm 99:5, 9

 

“God is a holy God, that’s something that the Americans have forgotten. Many of the things that you love to do, God hates. Did you know that? . . . . You’re going to have a youth meeting, you want God to move, but before you go there you watch programs on television that God absolutely despises and then you wonder why the Holy Spirit hasn’t fallen on a place and why you have to create false fire and false excitement.” ~ Paul Washer

 

 

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