Ch. 2: The Holiness of God

The Pursuit of Holiness

by, Jerry Bridges

Ch. 2: The Holiness of God

  • The Holiness of God:
    • Is an essential part of the nature of God. His holiness is as necessary as His existence, or as necessary, for example, as His wisdom or omniscience. p.22
      • He always does what is just and right without the slightest hesitation. It is impossible in the very nature of God for Him to do otherwise. p.23
    • Is the¬†absolute absence of any evil in Him. p.23
    • Includes His perfect conformity to His own divine character. p.23
      • All of His thoughts and actions are consistent with His holy character. p.23
      • It is this standard of holiness that God has called us to when He says, “Be holy, because I am holy.” p.23-24
    • Should be of great comfort and assurance to us. p.24
      • If God is perfectly holy, then we can be confident that His actions toward us are always perfect and just. p.24
      • To complain against God is in effect to deny His holiness and to say He is not fair. p.24
  • Acknowledging His holiness is one of the ways we are to praise God. p.25
  • But God demands more than that we acknowledge His holiness… God rightfully demands perfect holiness in all of His moral creatures. p.26
  • Because God is Holy:
    • He can never excuse or overlook any sin we commit, however small it may be. p.26
    • He cannot ever tempt us to sin. p.26
    • He hates sin p.28
      • We need to be gripped by the fact that God hates all these things. We become so accustomed to our sins we sometimes lapse into a state of peaceful coexistence with them, but God never ceases to hate them. p.28
      • We need to cultivate in our own hearts the same hatred of sin God has. Hatred of sin as sin, not just as something disquieting or defeating to ourselves, but as displeasing to God, lies at the root of all true holiness. p.28-29
      • God’s judgment is without partiality. He never overlooks our sin. He never decides not to bother, since the sin is only a small one. No, God hates sin intensely whenever and wherever He finds it. p.29
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