The Holiness of God; May 3, 2019

Ephesians 3:12 In him and through faith in him we may approach God with freedom and confidence.

This verse in itself is incredibly good news, and could even be said to be the essence of the Gospel. Paul is expressing something that is actually a flat impossibility apart from Christ. We tend to have a very low image of God, as though He were more like us than He actually is. What we generally fail to grasp is that He is perfectly holy. We hardly even know what that means. There is absolutely nothing in Him or about Him that is not holy and pure. Our image of God is polluted by the mythologies of other religions, in which the gods get drunk and carouse and get the hots for humans and the like. The Creator of the Universe is nothing like that! Actually, modern Physics gives us insight into what a miracle it is that we can draw close to God, because it has shown us that there is such a thing as antimatter. If matter touches antimatter, both are destroyed by being converted completely to energy. Sinful man and holy God are somewhat like that, except that God can never be destroyed. The Bible as a whole shows us that God created mankind for fellowship with Him, to be His children. That’s why it’s so tragic that mankind sinned and destroyed that relationship. God, out of the incredible depths of His love for us, sent part of Himself, that is, His Son, part of the Trinity, to earth to be born as a human baby in order to take the penalty for our sin, death itself, and wipe it out, opening the way for us to be united with our Creator as we were intended to do. We have so little appreciation for how universe-shaking this was and is! Not grasping the holiness of God, we have little fear of Him, yet the Bible says clearly, “The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom, and knowledge of the Holy One is understanding.” (Proverbs 9:10) That’s why we are so foolish! Hebrews famously expresses the thought in this verse this way: “Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.” (Hebrews 4:16) We need a better grasp of the holiness of God, but at the same time remember that His love made a way, and run to Him instead of from Him.

This of course is at the heart of my message as a pastor and missionary. I regularly do weddings at a “wedding palace” in town, requiring a session of counseling for the couple beforehand, but making use of each chapel-full of non-Christians to declare this Gospel of the love of God. After over 30 years of doing it I still haven’t baptized anyone as a direct result, but yet I have seen many people over the years obviously moved by the message, and I can only pray that God would bring fruit whenever and wherever He sees fit. I guess I will find out once I get to heaven! I am never to give up declaring the holiness, as well as the grace and mercy, of God.

Father, thank you again for Your truly amazing grace. Help me be more effective in communicating it to all whom You have prepared to receive, for their salvation and Your glory. Thank You. Hallelujah!

About jgarrott

Born and raised in Japan of missionary parents. Have been here as an adult missionary since 1981.
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