“Too many think lightly of sin, and therefore think lightly of the Savior.” These words were spoken more than a century ago by the famous London preacher, Charles Haddon Spurgeon. In this and the next seven articles I want to discuss eight crucial Biblical words related directly to Spurgeon’s statement.
The first of these words is “holiness.” “Holiness” deals with the absolute veneration and worship God deserves from all of His creation because of His justness, righteousness and purity. It deals with the great divide that exists between Holy God and wicked man (Hebrews 12:14).
Do you like cockroaches? Most of us find them revolting. If a cockroach climbed up your body and onto your lips, what would you do? I dare say most of you would squash that despicable bug. Why? Because it’s revolting to you! You consider it dirty and impure. You want it off your body, removed from your house, out of your sight, and permanently eradicated! Suppose that, right before you exterminated the nasty critter, it challenged you saying, “what right have you to kill me?” Would you spare it? Unlikely! The shock of hearing the filthy thing speak would probably make you even more anxious to exterminate it quickly.
God’s Holiness sets Him much further above us than we are above that cockroach. The Bible says that He is absolutely just, righteous, and pure, but that we are wicked. In God’s sight, even those things that we consider to be our “righteousnesses” are “filthy rags” (Isaiah 64:6). Hence, the wrath of God abides on any man or woman who does not have the Lord Jesus Christ as his or her Savior (John 3:36). Throughout the book of Deuteronomy, God declares various sins to be an abomination to Him. He furthermore declares the sinners themselves to be an abomination to Him (Deuteronomy 18:12). Many, today, have dismissed these scriptures as politically incorrect and intolerant thereby impudently rejecting the decree of their Creator and further exacerbating His wrath against them.
Before you can ever call out to God for mercy and forgiveness, it is absolutely essential to recognize His Holiness. Do you?
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