Holiness of God
Leviticus 11:45, 2 Corinthians 6:17, 1 Peter 2:9-12
Most messages on the Holiness of God immediately make us uncomfortable, because we feel inadequate. We feel once again like we cannot measure up. The discomfort as Christians is based on the fact that in the world before we knew Christ, our existence was based on performance and how well we did in light of another. It didn't take too long before we realized that we could not measure up. As soon as we got good at a particular thing, there was always someone that eventually beat us. There were always better ball players, and prettier girls, and better students, and stronger guys, and new world's records. We could not be at the top.
When that glorious day came that Jesus entered into my life, I didn't need to measure up to the world's standards. I now knew that I was loved unconditionally, that my salvation was not based on what I did (it wasn't based on my works) but it was completely the gift of God. We received the message of the Good News that we were all destined for death, but Christ came in and redeemed us by His mercy. "Love came down and rescued me. Love came down and set me free. I am yours. I am forever yours."
So this message on the Holiness of God feels like it puts the gap right back in-between me and God. Let me help you with this:
The word HOLY means pure, devoted, separated.
Leviticus 11:45 For I am the Lord who brings you up out of the land of Egypt, to be your God. You shall therefore be holy, for I am holy.
Here God describes Himself as Holy. The original Hebrew here for Holy means: sacred, set apart.
Set apart implies that there must be a separation between the Holiness of God and the unholiness of people.
Did you ever ask yourself, how can I, a sinner saved by grace, ever be holy?
Because of the holiness of God and the unholiness of His people, it almost seems that God is inapproachable. Yet in His great love for manki ...
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