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The Holiness of God - Chapter Nine-

 9.12.10


"Almost every natural man that hears of hell, 
flatters himself
that he shall escape it"

Jonathan Edwards

Michelangelo Buonarroti ; The Last Judgment (detail 1)


"Transgression speaks to the wicked 
deep in his heart;
there is no fear of God 
before His eyes.
For he flatters himself in his own eyes
that his iniquity cannot be found out
and hated.
The words of his mouth are trouble 
and deceit;
he has ceased to act wisely and do g
good.
He plots trouble while on his bed;
he sets himself in a way that is not good.
He does not reject evil."

Psalm 36: 1- 4 (ESV)


The same day I read this chapter in Sproul's book entitled God in the Hand of Angry Sinners, I read Psalm 36; it is clear that Jonathan Edwards knew these verses, he knew how the wicked is not afraid to try to destroy God, the wicked plots in his his bed how to end with a Holy God.

This is an excellent chapter in which Dr. Sproul leads us through the words of Jonathan Edwards, to see clearly that God is Holy and the wicked wants to destroy Him. He doesn't want a Holy God.

I see this around me all the time in the country where I live in which more and more people are leaving the Catholic Church to join the Evangelical Church; preachers on TV and on stages with lights and live music are promising miracles, happiness, joy, health, and wealth; they preach love and acceptance in Christ, "come as you are and He will receive you openly" they say; no one hears of a Holy God; and maybe it is because the god they had made for themselves is all love but lacks holiness.

Sproul says it well:

"A loving God who has no wrath is no God. He is an idol of our own making as much as if we carved Him out of stone"

The question that rises is this:

"How can we love a holy God? The simplest answer I can give to this vital question is that we can't. Loving a Holy God is beyond our moral power. The only kind of God we can love by our sinful nature is an unholy god, an idol made by our own hands. Unless we are born of the Spirit of God, unless God sheds His holy love in our hearts, unless He stoops in His grace to change our hearts, we will not love Him. He is the One who takes the initiative to restore our souls. Without Him we can do nothing of righteousness. Without Him we would be doomed to everlasting alienation from His holiness. We can love Him only because He first loved us. To love a Holy God requires grace, grace strong enough to pierce hardened hearts and awaken our morbid souls"


I have heard terrible statements like the one from a woman's  heart when she was confronted with her sin, "If that is your God, a God who does not understand me, and my situation, then I do not want Him"  This woman still calls herself Christian, she still goes to her church, where a god who understands every one is worshiped.

Another woman who calls herself Christian, said to me once, "I cannot imagine a God who is trapped in a box of rules; "my god" is not like that; my god is a personal god; his love is greater than lots precepts and statutes"

God, the triune God is Holy; and He is bound to His word, because He is the Word and His Word is Holy.

The more I am transformed by His Word, the more I see my need of Him. I am utterly lost without Him.

The best way to end this entry is the same way Dr. Sproul ends this chapter:

"Yet as we grow in our knowledge of Him, we gain a deeper love for His purity and a sense of deeper dependence on His grace. We learn that He is altogether worthy of our adoration. The fruit of our growing love for Him is the increase of reverence for His name. We love Him now because we see his loveliness. we adore Him because we see His majesty. We obey Him now because His Holy Spirit dwells within us."

Under His shadow,




You can read what others are saying about this chapter at Challies.


Other Posts in this Series:

The Holiness of God -Chapter Eight- Be Holy because I am Holy-
The Holiness of God -Chapter Seven- War and Peace with a Holy God
The Holiness of God -Chapter Six- Holy Justice

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"It becomes us to spend this life only as a journey toward heaven... to which we should subordinate all other concerns of life. Why should we labor for or set our hearts on anything else, but that which is our proper end and true happiness?"

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"I am still pondering God's greatness in His creation. I have so many questions that I would like to ask the Lord about the universe, creation, the fall of man... But when I'm in heaven, I wonder if I will even remember them. At that time, being in the presence of God will be enough. I'm thankful that I can look forward to that day."

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