Daily Devotion

The Holiness of God

Who shall not fear Thee, O Lord,
and glorify Thy name? for Thou only art holy”

Revelation 15:4

He only is independently, infinitely, immutably holy. In Scripture He is frequently styled “The Holy One”: He is so because the sum of all moral excellency is found in Him. He is absolute Purity, unsullied even by the shadow of sin. “God is light, and in Him is no darkness at all” (1 John 1:5). Holiness is the very excellency of the Divine nature: the great God is “glorious in holiness” (Exodus 15:11). Therefore do we read, “Thou art of purer eyes than to behold evil, and canst not look on iniquity” (Habakkuk 1:13). As God’s power is the opposite of the native weakness of the creature, as His wisdom is in complete contrast from the least defect of understanding or folly, so His holiness is the very antithesis of all moral blemish or defilement. Of old God appointed singers in Israel “that they should praise for the beauty of holiness” (2 Chronicles 20:21).

Because God is infinite in holiness, “only true God” is He who hates sin with a perfect abhorrence and whose nature eternally burns against it.

  • He is the One who beheld the wickedness of the antediluvians and who opened the windows of Heaven and poured down the flood of His righteous indignation.
  • He is the One who rained fire and brimstone upon Sodom and Gomorrah and utterly destroyed these cities of the plain.
  • He is the One who sent the plagues upon Egypt, and destroyed her haughty monarch together with his hosts at the Red Sea.
  • He is the One who caused the earth to open its mouth and swallow alive Korah and his rebellious company.
  • He is the One who “spared not His own Son” when He was “made sin for us…that we might be made the righteousness of God in Him.”

  • For one sin He banished our first parents from Eden
  • For one sin He cursed the posterity of Ham
  • For one sin He turned Lot’s wife into a pillar of salt
  • For one sin He sent out fire and devoured the sons of Aaron
  • For one sin Moses died in the wilderness
  • For one sin Achan and his family were all stoned to death
  • For one sin the servant of Elisha was smitten with leprosy. Behold therefore, not only the goodness, but also “the severity of God” (Romans 11:22).
  • And this is the God that every Christ-rejector has yet to meet in judgment! As well might a worm seek to resist the tread of an elephant; as well might a babe step between the railroad tracks and attempt to push back the express train; as well might a child seek to prevent the ocean from rolling, as for a creature to try and resist the outworking of the purpose of the Lord God -“O Lord God of our fathers, art not Thou God in heaven? and rulest not Thou over all the kingdoms of the heathen? and in Thine hand is there not power and might, so that none is able to withstand thee?” (2 Chronicles 20:6).