“Who Can Stand in the Presence of the Lord, this Holy God?”


Eric Clapton story found in the link above clearly indicates the amazing words used to describe the incredibile humilty found in the presence of God and the willingness of the heart to bow before such an amazing God who is filled with more grace, mercy and love than we can imagine. At the end of this blog I have put the song he wrote and sang about the presence of the Lord.

God’s holiness is not just an attribute of God; it is who God is…

“What comes into our minds when we think about God is the most important thing about us.” So says A.W. Tozer in his classic book on the attributes of God, The Knowledge of the Holy. Why would he make such an extreme pronouncement? Tozer goes on to say, “Man’s spiritual history will positively demonstrate that no religion has ever been greater than its idea of God. Worship is pure or base as the worshipper entertains high or low thoughts of God.”

Holiness is not something we attain through human effort, for it is impossible to attain holiness apart from God.

In the book of Romans Paul frequently talks about sin – at one point – a list of twenty-one sins follows. Paul frequently lists sins, twelve times in all.* There is no need here to examine each specific sin. A total of some one hundred and fifty different sins mentioned in the Bible is clear proof of the sinfulness of human nature.

God’s call is to consecrate ourselves to holiness.

This was good news! Holiness is not something I have to produce. Instead, it is a promise of what God will do in my life as I walk with Him.

When Christ becomes our source of righteousness, holiness and redemption, it leaves us without any room for boasting.

We do well to strive for holiness.

God calls us to be holy for He is holy. The Old Testament Hebrew word for holiness, kadesh, means “something which is cut off, separate or set apart.” It means to be antisecular, in a category all its own, to elevate out of the sphere of what is ordinary. In the New Testament the word used most frequently is hagios which also means “set apart, separate, in a class by itself.”

“If you don’t live it, you don’t believe it.”


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