The Holiness of God


In Sunday School yesterday we stated, “God’s Holiness means that He is separated from sin and devoted to seeking his own honor and glory.

We started our time in Isaiah 6 in order to reflect on how it informs our definition of God’s holiness as well as how Isaiah responds to it.

“6:1 In the year that King Uzziah died I saw the Lord sitting upon a throne, high and lifted up; and the train of his robe filled the temple. 2 Above him stood the seraphim. Each had six wings: with two he covered his face, and with two he covered his feet, and with two he flew. 3 And one called to another and said:

“Holy, holy, holy is the Lord of hosts;
the whole earth is full of his glory!”

4 And the foundations of the thresholds shook at the voice of him who called, and the house was filled with smoke. 5 And I said: “Woe is me! For I am lost; for I am a man of unclean lips, and I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips; for my eyes have seen the King, the Lord of hosts!”

In examining Isaiah 6, I Peter and Ephesians we concluded the following concerning the holiness of God:
1. Because God is holy we should feel deep Reverence and Awe for God when we think about and talk about Him.

2. God Commands our Holiness because He is holy (I Peter 1:15).

3. Holiness means Removing things from our lives that Cause Impurity
( I Corinthians 6:18; I Thessalonians 4:3).

4. The Church should Grow Together in Holiness as the people of God (I Peter 2, Ephesians 5).

What I didn’t get a chance to ask the class was this:
What do we bring into the presence of God and what does that betray about our attitude in God’s presence?

In other words, “do we, when we gather together for worship, carry with us the sin in our hearts, vengeance or bitterness on our minds, even something as simple as cell phones in our pockets that demonstrate our desires are for something other than God’s presence?

To put it yet another way, “What should we be removing from our lives that hinders our own holiness so that God is honored by our lives and our worship?

Food for thought, hopefully.

Ascribe to the Lord the glory due his name; worship the Lord in the splendor of holiness.
Psalm 29:2

NOTE:
The first CVCC attender that comments gets a copy of R.C. Sproul’s, “The Holiness of God

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3 thoughts on “The Holiness of God

  1. Yes, good food for thought. And for convicting. I am guilty. I will pray…..er…..I will try to remember to pray, as I enter the church, “Lord remove (insert the multitide of things for today) so that I may worship You '…in the splendor of holiness.'” Sounds impossible – knowing me the way I do – but I'm trusting our God is able.

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  2. It's something I have to remember too. Even this last week I realized I still bring my cell phone to church. Who needs a cell phone in church?! Seriously. I'm not that important.
    Thanks for the comment. Your book will be ready and waiting for you this Sunday! See you there.

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  3. I wasn't able to be there last Sunday which is very unfortunate but the points you make are very good ones. We are to bring our troubles and trials to God but so many times I enter God's presence and then I refuse to give them over to Him. Then instead of worshipping Him with the respect, honor, and adoration that he is more than worthy of — I spend that precious time trying to figure out what I will do about this that and the other. His mercy and grace is truly unfathomable!

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