Can We Grasp the Holiness of God?

And one cried to another and said:

“Holy, holy, holy is the Lord of hosts;

The whole earth is full of His glory!” ~ Isaiah 6:3

Before the throne, there was a sea of glass, like crystal. And in the midst of the throne, and around the throne, were four living creatures full of eyes in front and in back. The first living creature was like a lion, the second living creature like a calf, the third living creature had a face like a man, and the fourth living creature was like a flying eagle. The four living creatures, each having six wings, were full of eyes around and within. And they do not rest day or night, saying:

“Holy, holy, holy,

Lord God Almighty,

Who was and is and is to come!”

Whenever the living creatures give glory and honor and thanks to Him who sits on the throne, who lives forever and ever, the twenty-four elders fall down before Him who sits on the throne and worship Him who lives forever and ever, and cast their crowns before the throne, saying:

“You are worthy, O Lord,

To receive glory and honor and power;

For You created all things,

And by Your will, they exist and were created.” ~ Revelation 4:6-11

Of all the attributes of the all-mighty God, his holiness may be the most difficult for us to grasp. I believe it is so hard for us to understand because of our Adamic, fallen, sin nature. We are infected with sin in our natural, fleshy humanity the way Ebola patients are infected with that terrible virus. As deadly as Ebola is, sin is far, far more deadly and damaging for mankind.

Our holy God cannot tolerate sin in his presence. As darkness flees from light, so the darkness of our sin, causes us to flee from the Glory of our Holy God. When God walked in the garden of Eden in the cool of the day to fellowship with Adam and Eve, as soon as they sinned, they fled from his presence. He knew where they were hiding, went to them asking questions and exposed the effects of sin. Adam blamed Eve, Eve blamed the serpent and God pronounced judgment on all driving them from paradise.

Sin is deadly serious. ALL humanity inherits it from our first parents. As the inherited seed of sin matures in all of us, our fallen nature expresses itself in many ways, lust, greed, selfishness, gluttony, rebellion, murder, theft, prejudice etc., etc., etc. This results in us fleeing from God as Adam and Eve did. Sin always separates us from God.

But God did not abandon us to the destructive power of sin. In his perfect timing, he sent his son, Jesus of Nazareth, the virgin-born lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world, to meet the demands of divine justice. Our sin was, is and always will be an affront to God’s holiness. There is a price to pay, a retribution demanded by our Holy Gods character for the offense of sin. No mortal tainted by sin could ever meet that demand, but Jesus the Christ, the son of God was, is and always will be sinless and perfect.

He meets that demands of divine justice by his death on the cross, his burial and resurrection. His accession into heaven was a public display to his followers to confirm his claims. His promise to return one day is a blessed hope for all of us to hold fast to.

For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him. ~ 2 Cor 5:21 NKJV

Repent therefore and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, so that times of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord, and that He may send Jesus Christ, who was preached to you before, whom heaven must receive until the times of restoration of all things, which God has spoken by the mouth of all His holy prophets since the world began. ~ Acts 3:19-21 NKJV

I pray that we all understand and respect more and more the perfect Holiness of our Lord, God, and Savior. Sin comes easily to all of us. Living Holy takes a lifetime of maturity to develop. May God in his mercy and grace grant us that blessing.

Amen,

Wes Mason

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