The Doctrine of the Holiness of God
Isaiah 57:15 (CSB) For the High and Exalted One, who lives forever, whose name is Holy, says this: “I live in a high and holy place, and with the oppressed and lowly of spirit, to revive the spirit of the lowly and revive the heart of the oppressed.
Revelation 4:8 (ESV) And the four living creatures, each of them with six wings, are full of eyes all around and within, and day and night they never cease to say, “Holy, holy, holy, is the Lord God Almighty, who was and is and is to come!”
There Is Only One living and true God.
When it comes to faith, imagination is not the ability to conjure up what is unreal, but the capacity to perceive what is real but unseen.
God has done two things for you.
He has given you a dual sight system. You not only see physical things with your physical eyes, but you have another set of eyes: the eyes of the heart.
Sin infects all of us and renders us all spiritually blind.
God blesses us with the light-shining, sight-giving, eye-opening ministry of the Holy Spirit so we can “see” what cannot be seen with the physical eye but is every bit as real.
Isaiah 6:3 “Holy, holy, holy is the Lord of hosts; / the whole earth is full of his glory!”.
God is holy, you need to know that He is in an entirely different category of holiness
He is the sum and definition of what it means to be holy. When compared to God, nothing that exists is holy. He is holy, holy, holy.
To be holy means to be in a class of your own, distinct from anything else that has ever existed or will ever exist.
There is no comparing to God.
To be holy means to be completely pure, all the time and in every way possible.
God’s holiness is not an aspect of what he is. God’s holiness is the essence of what he is.
Exodus 15:11 (CSB) Lord, who is like you among the gods? Who is like you, glorious in holiness, revered with praises, performing wonders?
1 Samuel 2:2 There is none holy like the Lord; for there is none besides you; there is no rock like our God.
The holiness of God sits at the center of the grand story of the gospel of Jesus Christ.
Any explanation of the holiness of God must lead us to seek and celebrate his grace.
R. C. Sproul: “When we understand the character of God, when we grasp something of His holiness, then we begin to understand the radical character of our sin and helplessness. Helpless sinners can survive only by grace. Our strength is futile in itself; we are spiritually impotent without the assistance of a merciful God. We may dislike giving our attention to God’s wrath and justice, but until we incline ourselves to these aspects of God’s nature, we will never appreciate what has been wrought for us by grace.”
The holiness of God annihilates our autonomy and self-sufficiency and drives us to the Savior.
Isaiah 6:1–9 (CSB) In the year that King Uzziah died, I saw the Lord seated on a high and lofty throne, and the hem of his robe filled the temple. 2 Seraphim were standing above him; they each had six wings: with two they covered their faces, with two they covered their feet, and with two they flew. 3 And one called to another: Holy, holy, holy is the Lord of Armies; his glory fills the whole earth. 4 The foundations of the doorways shook at the sound of their voices, and the temple was filled with smoke. 5 Then I said: Woe is me for I am ruined because I am a man of unclean lips and live among a people of unclean lips, and because my eyes have seen the King, the Lord of Armies. 6 Then one of the seraphim flew to me, and in his hand was a glowing coal that he had taken from the altar with tongs. 7 He touched my mouth with it and said: Now that this has touched your lips, your iniquity is removed and your sin is atoned for. 8 Then I heard the voice of the Lord asking: Who will I send? Who will go for us? I said: Here I am. Send me. 9 And he replied: Go!
God’s holiness reveals our human condition. “Woe is me for I am ruined because I am a man of unclean lips and live among a people of unclean lips.”
God’s holiness reveals His grace to and for us. “He touched my mouth with it and said: Now that this has touched your lips, your iniquity is removed and your sin is atoned for.”
God’s holiness reveals in our forgiveness and redemption our commission. “8 Then I heard the voice of the Lord asking: Who will I send? Who will go for us?.
God’s holiness in us results in our service at His command.
“I said: Here I am. Send me.” “Go”