Hidden Treasures

The Bible is much more than a book of religion.

God is Holy

God is holy.  Because He is holy every other attribute of God is associated with His holiness.  For example,  His love is a holy, pure love.  When Isaiah had a vision of God, he saw and heard the seraphims say, “Holy, holy, holy, is the Lord of Hosts; the whole earth is full of His glory.”  Isaiah 6:1-4

 

God cannot look on sin.

 

Because God is holy, He cannot look on sin.  The prophet Habakkuk, speaking of God in Habakkuk 1:13 says,  “Thou art of purer eyes than to behold evil and canst not look on iniquity.”  In Hebrews 12:14 we read, “Follow peace with all men and holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord.”  Therefore, for God to look on us with favor and bless us and use us,  He must first solve the sin problem and make us holy. When Isaiah was confronted with the holiness of  God, he immediately recognized his own sinfulness.  He cried out to God in Isaiah 6:5 “Woe is me!  for I am undone, because I am a man of unclean lips and dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips: for mine eyes have seen the King, the Lord of Hosts.”  As we face the holiness of God, each of us must also see our sinfulness in His sight and cry out for His mercy and cleansing.

 

God alone can cleanse us from sin.

 

The moment Isaiah admitted his sinfulness,  God took the initiative and cleansed him.  This cleansing is pictured by a seraphim taking a hot coal from off the altar and touching it to Isaiah’s lips and thus purifying him. Isaiah 6:6-7   So when God planned our salvation He had to devise a plan that would make us pure and holy.  God could never allow unrepentant sinners in Heaven.  John writing about the inhabitants of Heaven says in Revelation 21:27 “And there shall in no wise enter into it any that defileth, neither whatsoever   worketh abomination, or maketh a lie; but they which  are written in the Lamb’s Book of Life.”

 

It took the blood of an innocent sacrifice.

 

As  the blood of lambs was shed in Old Testament times to atone for sin, so Jesus, the Lamb of God, shed His blood on the cross for our sins.  “He who knew no sin was made sin for us, that we might be made the righteousness of God in Him.” II Corinthians 5:21   Through faith in Christ, God declares us perfectly righteous and fit for Heaven.  Romans 3:23-26

 

Not only declared righteous but made righteous.

 

But God takes our salvation a step further.  He is not satisfied to simply justify us and declare us righteous.  His wonderful salvation also makes us righteous.. No, we are not perfect in this life, but we have a heart that longs  for perfection and holiness  and we have the promise in I John 1:3-10 and 2:1-2 that when we sin, if we will confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. Perfection awaits us when we are glorified in Heaven. I John 3:1-3

 

Christianity is far more than religion.  The New Birth results in a Holy Life.

 

Because God is holy, those who are born again into His family are given His holiness.  We are actually made partakers of His divine nature.  II Peter 1:2-4  Any  “salvation experience”  that does not result in holy living is vain and worthless.  Any religion that does not produce holiness is a false religion.  It is sad that multitudes of religious people are going through the motions of dead religion.  What sinners need is not mere religion nor an emotional experience which makes us feel good about ourselves. What people need is to recognize  that God is holy and we are sinful.  We need to look to Jesus who died on the cross for our sins and rose again that we might be justified and cleansed and made holy.  May God not let you be satisfied with anything less than Christ Himself. Jesus said in His Sermon on the Mount in Matthew 5:6,8  “Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness, for they shall be filled.”  “Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God.” 

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June 6, 2006 - Posted by | God

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