Torrey - God -8.4- Practical Inferences from the Doctrine of God's holiness

IV. PRACTICAL INFERENCES FROM THE DOCTRINE THAT GOD IS HOLY.

Hebrews 12:28-29 — "Wherefore we receiving a kingdom which can not be moved, let us have grace whereby we may serve God acceptably with reverence and godly fear. For our God is a consuming fire."

Exodus 3:4-5 — "And when the LORD saw that he turned aside to see, God called to him out of the midst of the bush, and said, Moses, Moses.

And he said, Here am I. And he said, Draw not nigh hither: put off thy shoes from off thy feet, for the place whereon thou standest is holy ground."

Isaiah 6:1-3 — "In the year that King Uzziah died I saw also the LORD sitting upon a throne, high and lifted up, and his train filled the temple.

Above it stood the seraphim: each one had six wings; with twain he covered his face, and with twain he covered his feet, and with twain he did fly. And one cried unto another, and said, Holy, holy, holy is the LORD of hosts: the whole earth is full of his glory."

We must draw nigh to God with awe. Even the holy seraphim covered their faces and their feet in His presence. They have four wings for worship but only two for service.

Isaiah 6:5-6 — -"Then said I, Woe is me! for I am undone because I am a man of unclean lips, and I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips: for mine eyes have seen the King, the Lord of hosts. Then flew one of the seraphim unto me, having a live coal in his hand, which he had taken with the tongs from off the altar."

The pure light of God's holiness reveals the blackness of our sin. (Compare to Job 42:5-6 — "I have heard of thee by the hearing of the ear: but now mine eye seeth thee. Wherefore I abhor myself, and repent in dust and ashes.") If any man think well of himself, he has never met God. Nothing will demolish self-righteousness like one real sight of God.

Hebrews 9:22 — "And almost all things are by the law purged with blood; and without shedding of blood there is no remission."

There is no forgiveness without atonement. Sin must be covered from the holy gaze of God, and nothing will cover it but blood.

Romans 5:8 — "But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us."

The wonderfulness of God's love! That the God whose name is holy, the Infinitely Holy God, could love beings so utterly sinful as we are, that is the wonder of the eternities. There are many deep mysteries in the Bible, but none other as profound as this.