The Holiness of God

February 23, 2008

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Have you ever pondered the holiness of God?

Throughout Scripture, we are given glimpses of the magnitude of God’s holiness. In fact, these glimpses are so magnificent it is hard to imagine what the scene looked like.

For instance, in the book of Exodus after seeing the backside of God’s glory, Moses’ first reaction was to worship. And upon coming down from the mountain the Bible said that his face “shone” as it reflected the backside of God’s glory. Everyone that Moses came into contact with noticed the reflection and apparently it was so noticeable that Moses had to wear a veil over his face. He did this every time he met with God. God allowed Him to get a glimpse of the back of his glory during these conversations.

Why just the backside? Because God’s face, or his full glory, would have killed Moses. That’s how holy God is. He is so holy, and we are so unholy, that one look at his full glory will kill us. Why? One look at him would kills us because He cannot allow sin to exist in his presence because he is the definition of absence of sin. The entirety of the law that God gives Moses and his people is primarily given to them so that they understand how sinful they are and how holy He is.

Romans says that “through the law comes knowledge of sin.” (Romans 3:20) Therefore, the point of the entire Old Testament Law was for us to know that we are sinners and that God is holy and it is only by his grace, mercy, and salvation that we are allowed to live in this life, and next one as well.

The law gives us a glimpse of God’s holiness by looking at our sin. And as we get this ever-so-slight glimpse of God’s holiness we can make two decisions: We can ignore it and continue to worship ourselves in the prideful advancement of our own lives or we can admit it and start to worship God in the humble advancement of our lives for Him. Only an understanding of his holiness will lead us to the proper decision.

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The Courtyard of God

February 16, 2008

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One of the most amazing things about being a Christian is having total access to God. How often do we really dwell on the thought of having Jesus living inside us? I’m not sure if I can even accurately describe where or how he is, but he is. If we accept Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior then he dwells in our hearts forever.

What’s so amazing about this is it has not aways been this way. The book of Exodus describes the formation of and entering in the tabernacle where God dwelt. Not everyone had access to God back then. If you were a Jew you could dwell with God in the courtyard of the tabernacle. If you were a priest you could go inside the tabernacle to the Holy Place. If you were the High Priest you could enter the Most Holy Place and finally have complete, although still reserved, access to God. If someone other then the High Priest entered the Most Holy Place he would instantly die. Also, if sins weren’t forgiven or something went wrong with the ceremony, the High Priest could be struck down as well. That’s how utterly holy our God is. Sin cannot even begin to exist in His presence.

That is what is so amazing about having God’s Spirit dwelling inside of us. For years He dwelt outside of people…now he dwells inside those who accept Him. What have we done to deserve this indescribable gift? Absolutely nothing. By grace through faith are we saved. So the next time you are reading through Exodus and wonder to yourself, “what do all these rules have to do with me and why do I care?” dwell on the fact that God no longer dwells in the tabernacle. He dwells in your heart. This fact alone should lead you to a lifetime of worship.