DISCOVERING THE HOLINESS OF GOD PART 2

 

God’s Holiness is Incomparable: “There is none holy like the Lord; there is none besides you; there is no rock like our God.”(1 Samuel 2:2)

As we have already mentioned in the last article, God’s in His Holiness is different from any other creature in the entire universe. No one has; as Moses says, the majestic Holiness of God. Other god’s are created by human imagination and they have attributes that are connected to the human standard of ‘holiness’. That is why in Greek mythology you find people full of power, claiming to be god’s who look so sensual and accepting even the smallest evil. But God’s Holiness is supreme and far beyond any human definition of ‘holiness’. His Holiness is incomparable to ours. The way He looks at sin and evil is different the way we take sin to be.

For example, a religious person can tell you that it’s not ok to do practical adultery before marriage and that murder is morally wrong. However, when it comes to thoughts such as hate and lust, they ignore it as if God will not judge those also. They do this in order to justify themselves by emphasizing only on outward performance and appearance according to their own standards of ‘holiness’. Following a certain tradition, helping animals or doing much charity work in order to justify themselves or even attending church. This may offend some of you, but this is what Jesus Christ called religious hypocrisy. He said to those who think this way that they emphasize cleaning the outside of the cup and plates but they leave the filth that is in the cup. And so, when you focus on those outward things, you become self righteous and proud. If anyone asks you ‘are you a good person’ you say to them ‘yes i am’ because of the way you define goodness in someone. But God condemns both thought and deed rather than choosing one or the other (Matthew 5:21-30). He looks to sin with hate and desires it to be put away. This religious hypocrisy has made many imagine there idea of who God is, by making their own. Think about this: if you want to make your own god; make one that makes it easy for you to get along with. He does not think it’s bad when you think wrong of someone or desire to selfishly take something that does not belong to you (by the way this is what the sin of Lust is). When you do that, you are worshipping your own will, your own image of god, which you created. And that is why the one true and living God is greater and incomparable from other false god’s created by human thought. He is what we would expect God to be. His standards of Holiness are so high far from ours. They are the Everest. If we could say: He is perfect.

 

 

Another point to make regarding God’s Holiness is: God is Holy therefore He is just.

Now some will argue that God is love. It is true that He is, but one of the greatest attributes that God has is His Holiness. His Holiness consists in His perfect love and mercy, but also in His perfect righteousness, justice and judgement against evil. The last three that I have mentioned, people today even those who would call themselves ‘Christian’ have ignored it.

Why can’t we focus on God’s love only? God is love, love, love. I answer: do you know that the Bible never repeats that God is love, love, love? It says God is Holy, Holy and Holy (Isaiah 6:1-3).

God’s love is most valued when we look of who He is and who we are in His sight. We saw that the way God looks at sin is completely different to ours. We also saw that God takes sin more seriously than we do. He does so because by nature, He is morally perfect, which means that He is also good.

And so, if God is love and good, then the question is what will He do with you?

Imagine yourself standing in the court room with the judge ready to judge you for all the things you have done on the earth. First you must understand who this judge is before you consider how serious the evil that you have done against Him is.

God is infinite justice. He is an absolute all righteous being. He dwells in justice. As we read in the Scriptures “Just and right is he” (Deuteronomy 32:4), He hates evil. Job wrote that “Touching the Almighty, we cannot find him out: he is excellent in plenty of justice.”(Job 37:23). Meaning, that not one of us can point a finger to God and say that what He did is wrong. Because there is nothing to accuse Him of. Dr. A.A Hodge wrote concerning God’s justice “God is most willingly just, but his justice is no more an optional product of his will than is his self-existent being.” In other words, God does justice not because He said to himself ‘ I will do what is right today’, no, He does justice because all He does by nature is to do only what is right and just. He is “of purer eyes than to behold evil, and cannot look on iniquity” (Hab 1:13). (2 Timothy 2:13) says “He cannot deny himself”. In other words, He cannot lie, change His mind because He cannot do any corruption.

He hates evil therefore He is Love.

 

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