BEGINNING WITH HIS HOLINESS

“God is light; in him there is no darkness at all.”              1 John 1:5 NIV

 

Church marketers would say, “‘God is holy” won’t sell. That’s just not popular. If you want to draw the crowds, begin with, “God is love”. John begins with, “God is light”. In Scripture, “light” may refer to God as the source of knowledge, illumination or guidance. It may point to God’s glory and that He is unapproachable, infinite, unchangeable and omnipresent. But here, the main idea is that He is holy. This is indicated by the negative explanation, “and in Him there is no darkness at all.” It is this moral connotation that Jesus brought out when He said (John 3:19), “This is the judgment, that the Light has come into the world, and men loved the darkness rather than the Light, for their deeds were evil.” We may ask, “But why start with God’s holiness? Why not start with His love, which is more inviting”? Dr Lloyd-Jones answers these questions (Fellowship With God [Crossway Books], pp. 108-109). One can only summarize his main points. First, if we don’t begin with God’s holiness, we will never understand God’s plan of salvation through the cross of Christ. If God is only love, then the cross is unnecessary and meaningless. Secondly, if we start with God’s holiness, it exposes all false claims of fellowship with God, that He is a “good buddy” God. Thirdly, starting with God’s holiness saves us from the danger of blaming God in times of trouble. Lastly, starting with God’s holiness is the only way to true joy. If we bring God down to our level, then we can enjoy peace with God without dealing with our sin. True peace and joy come from being truly reconciled to the holy God through the blood of His Son Jesus.

 

PRAYER THOUGHT

Lord, may I never bring You down to my level, for You are Holy.

 

PRAYER FOR TODAY

Lord, may we never lose sight of the fact that You are holy, otherwise we will never understand Your plan of salvation through the cross of Christ. AMEN

 

I.B.R.A. Readings

Exodus 15:1-18

 

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