The Beauty of Holiness.
Isaiah 6:1-3 “….I saw also the Lord sitting upon a throne, high and lifted up, and his train filled the temple. Above it stood the seraphims:….
And one cried unto another, and said, Holy, holy, holy is the Lord of hosts: the whole earth is full of His glory.”
Revelation 4:8 “….Holy, holy, holy, Lord God Almighty, which was, and is, and is to come.”
Holiness in Scripture is the Sinlessness, and perfection of the character of God:
which is Light…..not darkness…(James 1:17)
is Supreme Goodness, and our Refuge,
Is Wisdom, and Judgement, and so much more.
We think of Holiness, and sometimes tremble……because we are sinful…..even with our sins confessed, and cleansed…..we can remember the terrible things we have done against Him,….and that is when “Holiness” puts weakness into our hearts….
Isaiah when he heard the “Holy, holy, holy”……..
Isaiah 6:5 “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.”
When Peter saw the “great multitude of fishes” the Lord gave, after a night of catching nothing……
Luke 5:8 “When Simon Peter saw it, he fell down at Jesus’ knees, saying, Depart from me; for I am a sinful man, O Lord.”
In scripture the Lord is called Holy, seventy times. Twenty-eight times in Isaiah, alone. Sixteen times in the Psalms.
(If God were not Holy, there would be unspeakable horror for consequences: He could not save sinners….nor could He have power over the unrighteous works of darkness. There would be no Heaven….where every tear shall be wiped away, and no unclean thing, will enter. Chaos, not order, would rule.)
But in this, we are going to speak of the Beauty of Holiness…..for surely God’s Holiness is beautiful.
It is an attribute of splendor….spreading out like a rainbow, unto abundant goodness.
And, that He would plan a Way for us to share in His goodness, by Jesus Christ….is blessing….twice blessed for us.
That He has made a Way to come to Him;……..we as sinful creatures, to come to the Most Holy God,……by the expiation of our sins…..has not changed His Holiness;…
…..but rather enhanced it; showing to us, by the abundant sacrifice of His Son, how Holy He is.
When we think of the price Jesus paid, that we might “be made the righteousness of God in Him” (2 Corinthians 5:21)…..
…….we again tremble at the Holiness of our God, Who would allow His Son to die to wipe away our sin,…….and not allow any, but those who receive Christ Jesus, as Lord and Savior,……to come near to His throne, and dwell with Him.
Isaiah 33:15-17 “He that walketh righteously, and speaketh uprightly; he that despiseth gain of oppressions, that shaketh his hands from holding of bribes, that stoppeth his ears from hearing of blood, and shuteth his eyes from seeing evil;
He shall dwell on high; his place of defense shall be the munitions of rocks: bread shall be given him; his waters shall be sure.
Thine eyes shall see the King in His beauty, they shall behold the land that is very far off.”
God’s Holiness is worthy of all our praise. For as He is lifted up above all things, so He raises us up, in Christ….to sit in the heavenlies. (Ephesians 2:6)
But for what purpose, are we raised to newness of life?
To be to the praise of His glory. To find our satisfaction in Him.
(Colossians 3:1-2 “If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth at the right hand of God.
Set your affection on things above, not on things of the earth.”)
1 Chronicles 16:29 “Give unto the Lord the glory due unto His Name: bring an offering and come before Him: worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness.”
2 Chronicles 20:21 “……..he appointed singers unto the Lord, and that should praise the beauty of holiness, as they went out before the army, and to say, Praise the Lord; for His mercy endureth forever.”
God’s Holiness is beautiful,…..and He calls us to worship Him for it…..and to set ourselves aside to Him,…..to be “partakers of” it.
Hebrews 12:10 “For they verily for a few days chastened us after their own pleasure; but He for our profit, that we might be partakers of His holiness.”
“Partakers” here, means to accept and use.
In Christ, we are made righteous; given a new nature. And we are to accept our new life and “use” it…..we are to bring forth the fruit of His holiness within us…..the fruit of the Spirit (Galatians 5:22-23)
We are to spread out within us the manifold goodness of God, by the fruit of His Spirit, and use it, to have joy, peace, love, gentleness, etc.
Psalm 29:2 “Give unto the Lord the glory due unto HIs Name; worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness.”
Psalm 96:9 “O worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness: fear before Him all the earth.”
God is Holy, holy, holy…..in the Trinity. And praise God, that He is.