Drinking Deeply

Friday, July 28, 2006 at 2:51 AM

Attributes of God (8)

A walk through A.W. Pink's Attributes of God. Feel free to read along and comment.

Ch. 8: The Holiness of God -

Hmmm. This was a very good chapter on God's Holiness. Having read R.C. Sproul's The Holiness of God, I, for some reason, expected this chapter to be first. And indeed, Pink places a great emphasis upon the holiness of God, pointing out that it is this, "supremely, which renders Him lovely to those who are delivered from sin’s dominion."

After reading a number of passages pointing out how God's holiness was His greatest attribute, the thing that pervaded and encompassed all His other attributes, I was reminded of a sermon on Moses and his desire to see God. The pastor pointed out that Moses desired to see God, and God said that His goodness (or the backside of it at least) would pass before him. (Exodus 33) And I thought, "hmm, I wonder how God's goodness was related to His holiness?" So I looked back at the passage, and behold, there was a ram!

Errr, let's start that again.

I looked at the passage, and what God says of Himself is not only his "goodness," but His glory. And when He passes, He proclaims a number of His attributes. His eternal nature (in his name), His mercy, graciousness, patience, forgiving, and finally justice.

So it seems all these things are wrapped up in His glory and goodness, and as Pink has argued convincingly, have Holiness wrapped up through and in all of them. Cool!

Pink goes on to point out that God's beauty is His holiness (Psalm 110:3), which I thought was really awesome. The songs that focus upon God's holiness never really stuck in my head, but if it is His holiness that is his beauty, I'll just have to respond the same way Moses does when in the presence of God, he worshipped.

God's holiness is manifested in His creation, His law, and ultimately, the Cross, where His holiness was poured out upon sin. Such a good reminder. The bigger our view of God's wrath toward sin, the bigger our view of God's love toward men. (Of course, God doesn't change, merely my perception of Him does).

Holy, Holy, Holy, is the Lord God Almighty.

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