1 June 2015

God is Holy

(Gospel e-Letter - June 2015)

God is holy. The seraphims in heaven call to one another, "Holy, holy, holy is the LORD Almighty; the whole earth is full of his glory."  God is perfect, righteous, majestic, brilliant and marvelously beautiful. “Ascribe to the LORD the glory due his name; worship the LORD in the splendor of his holiness” (Psalm 27:4; 29:2). God is light; in him there is no darkness at all (1 John 1:5).

When we gaze at the brilliance of God we cannot help but feel utterly miserable. We are weak, God is omnipotent; we are ignorant, God is omniscient; we are defiled, but God is perfectly pure and beautiful.

God manifests his holiness in all his works, as the Scripture declares, “Your ways, O God, are holy” (Psalm 27:2). God also reveals his holiness in his moral Law. “The law is holy and the commandment holy and just and good” (Rom 7:12). He commands all that is good and righteous and prohibits all evil.

Since God is holy, he abhors and detests all sin, as the Scripture says, “You are of purer eyes than to behold evil, and cannot look on wickedness” (Hab 1:13). God opposes sinners. “The perverse person is an abomination to the LORD.” Even “the thoughts of the wicked are an abomination to the LORD” (Proverbs 3:32; 15:26). Furthermore, God punishes sinners, “The LORD will take vengeance on His adversaries, and He reserves wrath for His enemies” (Nahum 1:2).

The God of the Bible is not a human invention; man creates an indolent god that closes an eye to sin, who does not judge or punish anyone, or cast anyone in the fire of hell. But the Bible presents the true and living God, who hates those who do wrong, who is angry with the wicked every day (Psalm 5:5: 7:11).

Sinful man cannot clean himself to enter the holy presence of God. His only refuge is the Lord Jesus, the Holy Son of God. God’s children are accepted in the Beloved (Ephesians 1:16). He is their hiding place. It is only by the blood of Jesus that they find courage to enter into the Holiest, in the very presence of the holy God.

If we have repented and turned to Christ by faith we have the unspeakable priviledge of calling God “our Father.” Yet let us remember that since God is holy, we must always approach him with fear and a deep sense of adoration. The Bible commands us, “Exalt the LORD our God and worship at his footstool; he is holy” (Psalm (99:5); and again, “Who will not fear you, O Lord, and bring glory to your name? For you alone are holy” (Revelations 15:4).

Since God our Father is holy, we should make it our primary ambition to emulate him in holiness. The apostle Peter exhorts us, “Just as he who called you is holy, so be holy in all you do; for it is written: ‘Be holy, because I am holy’” (1 Peter 1:15, 16).