Holiness of God
Among the most widely presented subjects in all the scriptures is the holiness
of God. The word holy appears in more than 600 verses of scripture. Twice in the
scriptures God is called the thrice holy God:
1. Is. 6:3 "And one
cried unto another, and said, Holy, holy, holy, is the LORD of hosts: the whole
earth is full of his glory."
2. Rev. 4:8 "And the four beasts had each of them six wings about him, and they
were full of eyes within: and they rest not day and night, saying, Holy, holy,
holy Lord God Almighty, which was, and is, and is to come."
The word, holy,
literally means to be separate. God is separate from anything that is called
God. In addition, his works are separate from any other works. His attributes
are separate from the attributes of man.
The 46th chapter of the
book of Isaiah shows forth the holiness of God. It begins by describing the
false gods and then comparing God to the false gods. The first two verses show
how that Bel and Nebo, the false gods, are carried by the beasts and are a
burden to the beasts. In contrast, verses three and four show how that God has
given birth to his people and has carried them. Next, verses six and seven show
how that the false gods are the work of man and have no life. Finally, verses 9
to 11 show how that God is holy: "9 Remember the former things of old: for I am
God, and there is none else; I am God, and there is none like me, 10 Declaring
the end from the beginning, and from ancient times the things that are not yet
done, saying, My counsel shall stand, and I will do all my pleasure: 11 Calling
a ravenous bird from the east, the man that executeth my counsel from a far
country: yea, I have spoken it, I will also bring it to pass; I have purposed
it, I will also do it." Only God can create life. The only God that carries the
people and not the people him is the God of the bible. Only God can declare the
end from the beginning and from ancient times the things that are not yet done.
God does according to his will and not according to man's will. It is God who
executes his own counsel or covenant. It is God who brings his covenant to pass.
God is also holy or
separate in all of his attributes. God is the creator of all things, as the
all-powerful God. He is the only one that is omniscient, knowing all things both
past, present, and future. God only is from everlasting to everlasting. God has
all wisdom. It is God that is everywhere present and nowhere absent. Even in the
things that God cannot do he is separate from all others. Only God cannot lie,
deny himself, change, fail, be discouraged, sin, be tempted with evil.
God is said to be the
Holy Father. There are multitudes of natural fathers, but only one spiritual
God is said to be the
Holy Spirit. There are many spirits in the world, but only one Spirit of God.
Jesus is said to be the
Holy child (Acts 4:27-30). As the holy child the Holy Ghost conceived him in the
womb of a virgin. He was conceived and born holy, harmless, undefiled, and
separate from sinners. He is also said to be the Holy One of Israel (Ps. 16:10;
89:18; Is. 10:17; 10:20; 17:7; 41:14; 43:3; 43:14; 47:4; 48:17; Mk. 1:24; Acts
3:14,15; 13:35; 1 John 2:20). As the Holy One he is described as the Redeemer
and creator of his people. He kept the law to a jot and a tittle, thus
fulfilling all things that were written about him. He was the perfect sacrifice
to redeem his people from their sins. Thus, he was separate or holy from all
Even the very name of
God is said to be holy: Ps. 111:9, "He sent redemption unto his people: he hath
commanded his covenant for ever: holy and reverend is his name." According we
read in Acts 4:12, "Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none
other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved."
The place of God's
abode is called the holy place (Ex. 26:33, 34; 1 Kings 8:6-8; Ps. 46:4; Is.
15:15; Heb. 9:12; 2 Chr. 30:27). The holy place in the Old Testament was typical
of the Church in the New Testament and the most holy place in the Old Testament
was typical of the glory world in the New Testament. The Lord has said, "Where
two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them."
What makes it a holy place is the Lord's presence.
Furthermore, God is
declared to be clothed with holy garments (Ps. 93:1; 104:1; Dan. 10:5; 19:13).
God is clothed with glory, and majesty, and honor, and righteousness. Jesus was
also clothed with a vesture dipped in blood thus procuring the salvation and
righteousness of his people.
God has made an holy
covenant according to Lk. 1:69-74. This holy covenant is set forth for us in
Also, God's word is
said to be holy in 2 Tim. 3:15, "And that from a child thou hast known the holy
scriptures, which are able to make thee wise unto salvation through faith which
is in Christ Jesus."
Elder Vernon Johnson
Manifold Wisdom of God
Is. 55:9 "For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher
than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts." God's wisdom far exceeds
the wisdom of men. In the above verse God's ways and thoughts are compared to
man's ways and thoughts and God's wisdom exceeds man's wisdom by astronomical
Eph. 3:8 "Unto me, who
am less than the least of all saints, is this grace given, that I should preach
among the Gentiles the unsearchable riches of Christ; 9 And to make all men see
what is the fellowship of the mystery, which from the beginning of the world
hath been hid in God, who created all things by Jesus Christ: 10 To the intent
that now unto the principalities and powers in heavenly places might be known by
the church the manifold wisdom of God, 11 According to the eternal purpose which
he purposed in Christ Jesus our Lord." By the grace of God the gospel is
preached and taught to the intent that the church may know the manifold wisdom
of God. Manifold means many fold. In other words, there are many aspects to
God's wisdom. In this essay I would like to discuss four aspects of the wisdom
First, God manifest his
wisdom in creation. When God created the heaven and the earth he manifest such a
wisdom that is simply astounding to the finite mind. There are literally
multiplied billions of stars all traveling the course that God designed. They
travel their courses in perfect harmony with one another. Also, according to the
scriptures God upholdeth all things by the word of his power. Man, in contrast,
makes a simple engine and it only lasts a few years at best and wears out. God's
universe has been going on for 6,000 years without failure. The immensity of the
universe astounds the observer. The distance between stars is not imaginable by
man's mind. Our solar system is designed in such a way as to support life with
very narrow limits. There is a very narrow limit of temperature and a very
narrow limit of elements within the proper proportion essential to the support
of life. Exceed those limits and all life would cease. Yet for six thousand
years and those narrow limits have never been exceeded. This all shows the very
wisdom of God in design and creation.
False science says that
man has evolved on earth from a single cell. Yet the single cell is literally
thousands of times more complex than the fastest, most intricate computer that
man has built. It is totally unreasonable to think that something so complex as
the simple cell could come about by chance. I have never seen a watch or an
automobile throw itself together by chance, yet the cell which is millions of
times more complex supposedly came into being by chance. The truth is that God
designed and created the cell. Furthermore, God designed and built the human
body which has billions of cells. All of these billions of cells make up complex
systems interacting with one another in astounding ways. This all declares the
glory of God's wisdom in creation.
Second, God manifest
his wisdom in his word. There are multiplied correlations in the scriptures
between different numbers and different bible subjects. There are also
correlations between bible colors and bible subjects. There are correlations
between bible metals and bible subjects. The whole book of Revelations is
written to us in sign language and God has given the meaning of every sign in
his word. The Lord said, "Search the scriptures; for in them ye think ye have
eternal life: and they are they which testify of me." The scriptures are a
continual testimony of Jesus Christ. There are no errors in the scriptures. They
have been preserved pure by the power of God. What wisdom is revealed unto us
both in the design of the scriptures and by what they teach.
Third, God manifest his
wisdom in his covenant that he made with himself before the world began. God
knew that man would transgress his law and would plunge himself and his
posterity under the law of sin and death. Yet God made provision to have a
people for himself purged of sin and its consequent effects by this covenant
before the world ever was created. Man has been trying to get himself right with
God every since Adam fell in the garden of Eden. All of man's efforts have been
vain. God chose a people in Christ before the foundation of the world and then
predestinated that they would be conformed to the image of Christ. In bringing
about their deliverance from sin he calls or quickens them into spiritual life
by his holy spirit and thus delivers them from the bondage of sin. Christ came
at the appointed time to be a perfect sacrifice in their room and stead to
deliver them from the condemnation of sin. When time shall be no more Christ
shall come and deliver these people he chose from the corruption of sin in the
Fourth, God manifests
his wisdom in providing for the timely needs of his people. According to 2 Tim.
3:16 the scriptures are a thorough furnisher unto all good works. Every thing we
need to worship him in Spirit in truth is found in the scriptures. Every good
work whereby we glorify God is found in the scriptures. Answers to all of our
problems and trials and circumstances is found in the scriptures. How we should
interact with one another as a family unit is found in the scriptures. How the
church is governed is found in the scriptures. The organization of the church is
found in the scriptures. How we should use the gifts that God has given us is
found in the scriptures. Food to satisfy our spiritual hungering is found in the
scriptures. Indeed the scriptures are a thorough furnisher and manifest the
wisdom of God.
Elder Vernon Johnson