God is altogether different from anything else that exists in heaven and on earth. He is categorically different, for He is the only uncreated thing. All else exists because He spoke and it came to be.
When the prophet Isaiah was ushered into the throne room of God he was terrified and undone because his eyes beheld something, someone, more majestic, more transcendent, more powerful, more lovely, more pure than his wildest imagination could possibly conceive. The seraphim cried out with thundering voices that shook the doorposts and thresholds, “Holy, Holy, Holy is the Lord Almighty; the whole earth is full of His glory.” The most powerful angelic hosts covered their faces and feet in the presence of the Holy One.
God says of Himself in Isaiah 40:25, “To whom will you compare me? Or who is my equal?” With this question God is stating unabashedly that there is no-one that compares with Him. Exodus 15 records the song that Moses sang to the Lord with all the people of Israel saying “Who among the gods is like you, LORD? Who is like you – majestic in holiness, awesome in glory, working wonders?” In Paul’s letter to Timothy, he bolsters his command to him with these words: “God, the blessed and only Ruler, the King of kings and Lord of lords, who alone is immortal and who lives in unapproachable light, whom no one has seen or can see. To Him be honor and might forever. Amen.”
God’s holiness also refers to His absolute moral purity and perfection. The prophet Habakkuk says of God, “Your eyes are too pure to look on evil; you cannot tolerate wrongdoing.” (Hab. 1:13) God is perfect and cannot sin, He cannot even be tempted by evil. (James 1:13) God’s character, His holiness, is the only standard by which we measure anything to determine it’s moral value. Because of His holiness, God is systematically destroying all things that comically attempt to oppose Him.
Because of the work of Christ on the cross, we have been made holy. 1 Peter 2:9 says that we are “a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation.” And 1 Corinthians 1:30 says that Christ has become our righteousness, holiness and redemption. Those in Christ are holy, set apart, made completely clean, not because of our own merit, but because Christ’s holiness is given to us. In our mortal bodies, we cannot see God’s face and live. (Ex. 33:20) But there will come a day when we receive the promised resurrection bodies secured for us by Jesus, when we will be able to see God face to face with His glorious holiness on full display and our hearts will be completely satisfied.
~ Prayer ~
Holy God, there is no-one like You. You are absolutely different and separate from all you have made. You dwell in unapproachable light and you hate all that is evil. Your moral perfection and goodness stirs my heart to worship, for You are the only constant in this universe. How I long to see you face to face and to hear the seraphim cry out night and day, “Holy, Holy, Holy is the Lord God Almighty, who was, and is, and is to come.”
Written by Patrick O’Rourke
This Sunday’s (7.29.18) sermon will be based out of Isaiah 6. I always find it helpful to be meditating on the coming passage before listening to a sermon–it makes me better soil for the Holy Spirit to plant his truth in. So Read through Isaiah 6 this weekend and then join us at Redeemer Church for one of our Sunday Worship Gatherings 8, 9:30, & 11:15.