DAILY EMAIL GOODIES
Issue #2486 October 03, 2010
GOD’S TRUE CHARACTER REVEALED
Christendom misrepresents God to mankind as a harsh, stern, angry “god,” full of wrath. This is the byproduct of the religious system’s faulty estimation of God’s holiness. We have been seriously misled as to the true nature of our Creator.
When the choir of Israel sang the praises of God, it is quite interesting to note what they specifically magnified about Him:
“… He appointed singers unto the LORD, and that they should praise THE BEAUTY OF HOLINESS …” (II Chronicles 20:21).
To demonstrate THE BEAUTY OF HIS HOLINESS, here is what they actually sang:
“… Praise the Lord; FOR HIS MERCY ENDURES FOR THE AGES” (II Chronicles 20:21).
The religious system would lead us to believe that the holiness of God overflows with sternest severity, anger and wrath; but when the choir of Israel sang the praises of God’s holiness, they specifically sang about His enduring MERCY. This is contrary to religious thinking.
The holiness of God actually overflows with kindness, compassion, love, gentleness and mercy! We learn this from the pages of the Scriptures themselves. We see this clearly within the context of our passage. God’s holiness is associated with divine mercy.
Let’s look at a few other passages, where we can clearly see the relationship between God’s holiness and His mercy.
“For thus says the high and lofty One that inhabits eternity, whose name is Holy … `I will not contend for the ages, neither will I be always wroth …'”
“I will not execute the fierceness of My anger, I will not return to destroy Ephraim: for I am God, and not man; the Holy One in the midst of you …” (Hosea 11:9).
Why would God not execute the fierceness of His anger? The verse tells us why: because He is not man, He is “the Holy One!”
We also can see the connection between the holiness of God and His mercy in the earthly life of the Lord Jesus Christ. The One “Who is holy” and “separate from sinners” was in Christ as “a friend of Publicans and sinners” (c.f. Hebrews 7:26; Matthew 11:19).
One telling passage about the true nature of holiness can be seen in the admonition of Paul, the apostle:
“I will therefore that men pray every where, lifting up HOLY HANDS, WITHOUT WRATH and doubting” (I Timothy 2:8).
Ultimately, wrath and holiness are not compatible in the mind of Paul (nor the mind of God!).
Here is another passage that sheds great light on the true character of holiness:
“Brothers, if a man is overtaken in a fault, you who are spiritual, restore such a one in the spirit of meekness …” (Galatians 6:1).
Genuine spirituality and true holiness produce gentleness, kindness, love, compassion and mercy. The absence of these characteristics is a result of the lack of the holiness of God appropriated to the life of the believer. It is the false holiness of self-righteousness that produces the arrogance and conceit of haughtiness (i.e., a “better-than-thou” attitude).
“The servant of the Lord must not strive; but be gentle unto all men, apt to teach, patient, in meekness instructing those who oppose themselves …” (II Timothy 2:24-25).
In closing, we will recall that God’s holiness is predominantly connected with His Saviorhood! He is the compassionate and loving Savior because of His holiness … not in spite of it!
“For I am the Lord your God, the Holy One of Israel, your Savior …” (Isaiah 43:3).
This is the biblical view of the true and living God! He is Holy … and He is the Savior! Rejoice in Him! He is a wonderful God! His holiness is beautiful!
Clyde L. Pilkington, Jr.
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