The Holiness of God

The scene around the throne of God is punctuated by the resounding declaration of the angels who cry “Holy, Holy, Holy, Lord God Almighty!” The sight of the thrice holy God caused Isaiah to bow in humility and cry, “Woe is me!” (Isaiah 6:3, 5).  Moses and the Israelites sang praises to God that opined, “Who is like unto thee, O LORD, among the gods? Who is like thee, glorious in holiness, fearful in praises, doing wonders?” (Exodus 15:11). Isaiah and Moses recognized what few realize: that the glorious holiness of God makes Him unapproachable and incomprehensible. Sinful man cannot draw near to God because of their abysmal deviance of holiness. The magnitude of God’s perfect holiness is incomprehensible because it is not simply the best possible goodness that can be conceived and then multiplied to higher greatness. Rather, it is the absolute perfection of God in all of His glorious and harmonious attributes. This type of holiness is unattainable by mankind, yet without it man cannot see God (Hebrews 12:14). Hence, righteousness is not obtained by works, but by believing by faith on the One who justifies the ungodly. On account of that faith, forgiveness is extended and righteousness is imputed (Romans 4:5). Salvation establishes one’s righteous standing before God (Colossians 1:22; Jude 1:24).

Despite the believer’s new standing of holiness before the Holy One, many have become comfortable with unrighteousness. Christians have failed to obtain practical application of the theological knowledge of holiness. The practical outworking of “the knowledge of the holy” is portrayed in the practical application of understanding the issues and solutions of life (Proverbs 9:10). How is it that such knowledge of the grandeur and majesty of God does not manifest itself in a godly lifestyle? “Holiness is the way of God,” and according to His word holiness ought to be the way of the Christian (I Peter 1:16). Christians who pursue holiness will not pursue alcohol, divorce, debauchery, or defilement. Christians who live in light of God’s holiness will seek to walk in the light and avoid the darkness of doubt and discouragement. Sound doctrine should lead to sound living (I Timothy 1:10). As A.W. Tozer stated, “Holiness is the moral condition necessary to the health of the universe.” Health, or sound living, is apparent by the absence of sin because sin is the absence of holiness. Therefore, Christians must love righteousness and hate ungodliness (Romans 12:9). We must do this through reading the Holy Word (John 17:17), listening to the Holy Spirit (I John 2:27), following the Holy Son of God (I Peter 2:21). Nothing short of holy living will bring honor to the God who is “glorious in holiness.” May Christians endeavor to glorify the God who so wonderfully displays the beauty of holiness!

My Prayer for Today:
Heavenly Father,
Everything about You is holy, from Your name to Your holy child Jesus to Your sanctifying Holy Spirit. The perfection of Your holiness is beyond anything I can imagine. Thank You for saving me and for imputing Your holiness upon me that I may stand before You in love. I pray that you will continue to impart to me knowledge of Your holiness so that I may live a more godly life. By Your grace, I expect to abhor evil and cleave to righteousness. Help me to have ears to hear what Your Scriptures and Your Spirit say to me so that I may glorify you! I pray all this for Your glory, in Jesus’ name. Amen.

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