holiness

THE simple truth

HOLINESS

Without it no one will see the Lord.

“Show me your face o lord, give me strength to stand in your holy place, I can make it to the end if I could see your face. Moses stood on the mountain waiting for you to pass by and with your hand over his face so in your presence he wouldn’t die all of Israel saw the glory and it shines down all through the age, now you call me boldly to seek your face.” – Brian Johnson

But the day of the Lord will come like a thief, and then the heavens will pass away with a roar, and the heavenly bodies will be burned up and dissolved, and the earth and the works that are done on it will be exposed.

Since all these things are thus to be dissolved, what sort of people ought you to be in lives of holiness and godliness, waiting for and hastening the coming of the day of God, because of which the heavens will be set on fire and dissolved, and the heavenly bodies will melt as they burn! – 2 Peter 3:10-12

“This world, so far as we know, will not cease to be; it will pass through the purifying flame, and then it may be the soft and gentle breath of Almighty love will blow upon it and cool it rapidly, and the divine hand will shape it as it cools into a paradise more fair.” – Charles Spurgeon

God’s Holiness

“Then one of the seraphim flew to me, having in his hand a burning coal that he had taken with tongs from the altar. And he touched my mouth and said: “Behold, this has touched your lips; your guilt is taken away, and your sin atoned for.” (Isaiah 6:6-7 ESV)

God is so holy that superlatives must be invented to describe him. Yet he wants us – the people he made out of dirt – to come close and into his very counsel. Astounding.

A Seraph is a “burning one.” the six-winged seraphim around God’s throne cover their faces, evidently to shield them from seeing God’s glory. They also cover their feet, suggesting that they won’t walk their own way. But their ears aren’t covered-they can hear what the holy God directs them to do.

Our holiness

Paul ” For I am not aware of anything against myself, but I am not thereby acquitted. It is the Lord who judges me. (1 Corinthians 4:4 ESV)

‘I am not aware of anything against myself.’ Seriously?! You can’t think of anything?, Paul? Not a single idol buried somewhere under ten layers of your subconscious? Don’t miss the next line: “but I am not thereby aquitted. It is the Lord who judges me.” Paul isn’t claiming to be alright just because he feels okay. But rather has a clear conscious. He obeys God and sticks close to his Word, he’s not perfect, no doubt. He’s bringing his sins daily before the Lord to be cleansed from all unrighteousness. Sins that he knows he’s committing? No! Sometimes we sin without even realizing it – and not just by doing something wrong, but by failing to do something right. We may ignore someone who needs our help or encouragement, for example, or we may fail to pray for them or in some other way overlook their need.

If we are in His Word and truly going after Him, Holiness with follow that.

G

 

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