HOLINESS

Eph.4:24 – and that you put on the new man which was created according to God, in true righteousness and holiness.

Our secular word laughs at the word holiness. As a matter of fact when was the last time you heard that word uttered from the lips of someone at the pulpit? I can understand the lost not liking or understanding that word but Christians should embrace it, not run from it. Holiness is closely related to God’s throne. Holiness is a description of the nature of our God. Holiness is associated with the goodness or beauty of the Lord. This is the ‘one thing’ that David said he lived for. From God’s perspective, holiness is the place of sheer joy that is found in the presence of the Lord. Until you are awakened, holiness and joy are opposed to each other. To those who have tasted His goodness, holiness and joy are inseparable. Here is how Dane Ortlund describes holiness from Jonathan Edwards’s perspective.

“Strikingly, Edwards speaks of divine beauty not only in terms of holiness but also in terms of happiness. I call this striking because our instinct even as believers is to set holiness and happiness over against one another. For Edwards, it is both or neither. The two rise and fall together. “Men are apt to drink in strange notions of holiness from our childhood,” he said in a sermon preached at age nineteen, “as if it were a melancholy melancholy, morose, sour, unpleasant thing.” A dear friend recently e-mailed me and said in blessed honesty, “By far the greatest functional heresy I believe is that holiness is boring and lustful selfishness is fun.” If we were to let others peer into how our hearts are really functioning, that statement would ring true for just about all of us as we roll out of bed into another day. And it is a great triumph of the enemy that we would think so. For in truth there is nothing more thrilling, more solid, more exhilarating, more humanity-restoring, more radiantly joyous, than holiness.”

Holy is the description of the purity and goodness of God. This is why the creatures around the throne sing, “Holy, holy, holy is the Lord God Almighty, who was and is and is to come”. These creatures have lived in that atmosphere of total joy in God’s presence since the day they were created. If you think just natural activities are fun and holiness is a duty you are really missing who God is. Once you see Him and taste His holiness and joy you too will be singing holy, holy, holy with the angels.

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