- Parent Category: Bible Reference
- Category: What the Bible Teaches - R.A. TORREY
- Published on Tuesday, 22 May 2007 18:42
III. HOW IS THE HOLINESS OF GOD MANIFESTED?
Habakkuk 1:13 — "Thou art of purer eyes than to behold evil, and canst not look upon iniquity: wherefore lookest thou upon them that deal treacherously, and holdest thy tongue when the wicked devoureth the man that is more righteous than he?" Genesis 6:5-6 — "And God saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth and that every imagination of the thoughts of the heart was only evil continually. And it repented the Lord that he had made man on the earth, and it grieved him at his heart."
Deuteronomy 25:16 — "For all that do such things, and all that do unrighteously, are an abomination unto the Lord thy God."
Proverbs 15:9,26 — "The way of the wicked is an abomination unto the Lord. The thoughts of the wicked are an abomination to the Lord."
First Proposition: The holiness of God manifests itself in a hatred for sin.
Proverbs 15:9 — "But he loveth him that followeth after righteousness." Leviticus 19:2 — "Speak unto all the congregation of the children of Israel, and say unto them, Ye shall be holy: for I the Lord your God am holy." Leviticus 20:26 — "And ye shall be holy unto me: for I the Lord am holy, and I have severed you from other people, that ye should be mine."
Second Proposition: The holiness of God manifests itself in a delight in righteousness and holiness. Job 34:10 — "Therefore hearken unto me, ye men of understanding: far be it from God, that he should do wickedness; and from the Almighty, that he should commit iniquity."
Third Proposition: The holiness of God manifests itself in His never doing wickedness or iniquity. Isaiah 59:1-2 — "Behold the LORD'S hand is not shortened, that is cannot save; neither his ear heavy, that it cannot hear. But your iniquities have separated between you and your God, and your sins have hid his face from you, that he will not hear."
Fourth Proposition: The holiness of God manifests itself in the separation of the sinner from God.
Herein lies the need of atonement before the sinner can approach God.
This appears in the following passages: Ephesians 2:13 — "But now in Christ Jesus ye who sometimes were far off are made nigh by the blood of Christ." Hebrews 10:9 — "Then said he, Lo, I come to do thy will, O God. He taketh away the first that he may establish the second. By the which will we are sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all." John 14:6 — "Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth and the life: no man cometh unto the Father but by me."
All approaches to God are on the ground of shed blood. The atonement has its deepest demand in the holiness of God. Any doctrine of' the atonement that sees its need only in the necessity that man be influenced by a mighty motive, or in the necessities of governmental expediency, does not go to the root of things. The first and fundamental reason why "without shedding of blood there is no remission" is that God is holy and sin must be covered before there can be fellowship between God and the sinner. Exodus 34:6-7 — "And the LORD passed by before him, and proclaimed, The LORD, The LORD God, merciful and gracious, longsuffering, and abundant in goodness and truth. Keeping mercy for thousands, forgiving iniquity and transgression and sin, and that will by no means clear the guilty; visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children, and upon the children's children, unto the third and fourth generation." Genesis 6:5-7 — "And God saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually. And it repented the LORD that he had made man on the earth, and it grieved him at his heart. And the LORD said, I will destroy man whom I have created from the face of the earth; both man, and beast, and the creeping things, and the fowls of the air; for it repenteth me that I have made them." Psalm 5:4-6 — "For thou art not a God that hath pleasure in wickedness: neither shall evil dwell with thee. The foolish shall not stand in thy sight: thou hatest all workers of iniquity. Thou shalt destroy them that speak leasing: the LORD will abhor the bloody and deceitful man."
Fifth Proposition: The holiness of God manifests itself in the punishment of the sinner.
God does not punish the sinner merely because the sinner's good makes it necessary. God is holy. God hates sin. His holiness and hatred of sin, like every attribute of His, is living and active and must manifest itself. His holy wrath at sin must strike. (See Isaiah 53:6 — -"All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the Lord hath laid on him the iniquity of us all." The literal translation of the Hebrew for "hath laid upon" is "caused to strike upon.") Any view of the punishment of sin that leaves out the thought of its being an expression of God's holy hatred of sin is not only unbiblical, but shallow and dishonoring to God. God is holy, infinitely holy, and he infinitely hates sin. In our own burning indignation at some enormous iniquity, we get glimpses at times of what God's hatred of sin must be, but God is infinitely holy, and God's wrath at the smallest sin is infinitely greater than ours at great enormity. God is love, it is true, but his love is not the sentimental sort that sends costly bouquets and tender missives to moral monsters, as some of our Universalist theologians would have us think. "Our God is a consuming fire" ( Hebrews 12:29). God's love to sinners will never be appreciated until seen in the light of His blazing wrath at sin. John 3:16 — "For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life." 1 Peter 3:18 — "For Christ also hath once suffered for sins, the just for the unjust, that he might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh, but quickened by the Spirit."
Sixth Proposition: The holiness of God manifests itself in His making an infinite sacrifice to save others from sin unto holiness. The death of Christ is not merely a manifestation of the love of God but of HIS holiness as well.