The Bible, at its core, is the story of God being glorified throughout all nations. Culture has fabricated the stories in the word to mean anything other than that. If you and I really believed that God is for his glory, then why is there not a stronger emphasis on the attributes of God that make him that glorious in the first place? I believe if we made God known the way, he deserves to be then we would be forced to recognize him as king and would be knocked off of our throne.
The cry in (Psalms 115:1) is “Not to us oh Lord not to us, but for the sake of your name give glory” that sounds quite different than the one in culture, today right? Our cry looks more like “To me oh lord to me.” What is the problem here? Could it be that we are so consumed with ourselves that we have forgotten the God whose crown we try to steal? We have to come to a place where we see Christ as supremely Holy or else, we will never know him as King.
John Calvin once said, “Nearly all wisdom we possess, that is to say, true and sound wisdom, consists of two parts: the knowledge of God and of ourselves.” You and I have to have a knowledge of God to understand ourselves. In order for us to understand our faults we must first understand who our faults have offended. Otherwise we would see no wrong doing in our actions. I believe this is at the most essential core of our disease. (Titus 1:16) “They profess to know God, but they deny him by their works. They are detestable, disobedient, unfit for any good work.” In other words, they deny God by their works because they have no idea who God is. (Job 36:26) “Behold God is great, and we know him not; the number of his years is unsearchable.” Who can understand such an eternal being as God?
Christ is God made manifest so how can we possibly identify him and his unsearchable holiness?
Though identifying who the man of Christ is and the God whose deity he has made manifest may prove to be a deep subject it is absolutely essential in knowing who we are in him. Look at the rich man in (Mark 10) this man approached Jesus and said, “Good Teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?” Jesus immediately sees a problem in this man’s approach. Jesus said “Why do you call me good? None is good except for God alone.” Now we know that Jesus is in fact “God alone” but that’s not what this man was implying. Jesus sees the heart! Unlike us he is able to immediately spot the problem. This man had no idea about God! And in in verse 19 Jesus questions him on the law. He says, “You know the commandments: Do not murder, do not commit adultery, do not steal, do not bear false witness, do not defraud, honor your mother and your father.” And in verse twenty this man looks at Jesus and says “Teacher, all these things I have kept from my youth.” Now I don’t know this man’s heart. I believe he sincerely thought he had kept these things and to him, he was sincere in seeking the kingdom. But the word says, “Jesus looking at him, loved him and said one thing you lack: go sell all that you have, and you will have treasure in heaven.” The word says that “He went away, for he had many things.” This man’s stuff was not his problem. His problem was that he still had on a crown that rightfully belonged to Jesus. The reason that he saw no need to change was not only had he not understood how deeply sinful he was, but he had no idea just who he offended in being that sinful. I feel that we often share this man’s experience in our encounters with Christ. Much like the rich young ruler, not only do we not know how deeply sinful we are, we have no idea who we have offended.
The very first thing Jesus did with this man was reveal the holy nature of God. (1 Samuel 2:2) “There is none holy like the Lord, for there is none beside you,” There is no creature in existence that can comprehend the holiness of God. Yet, he has called us into this holiness with him. (Leviticus 19:2) “You shall be holy, for I, The Lord your God am holy.” The holiness of God is without a doubt the deepest, most glorious, most prominent attribute of the Lord. This means that God is totally separated from all sin. He is above all created creatures and beings. This is seemingly impossible for us to comprehend because the thought of a sinless being causes us to stretch our minds to a place we’ve never seen.
- W. Tozer once said “Holy is the way God is. To be holy does not conform to a standard. He is that standard. He is absolutely holy with an infinite, incomprehensible fullness of purity that is incapable of being other than he is. Because he is holy, all his attributes are holy; that is, whatever we think of as belonging to God must be thought of as being holy. God is Holy, and he has made holiness the moral condition necessary to the health of the universe.” Tozer went on to say, “Whatever is contrary to this is necessary under his eternal displeasure.” Jesus Christ is the epitome of holiness. (Colossians 1:17) “He is before all things and in him all things are held together.” This is made possible by His absolute holiness demonstrated over all of creation. To understand God, we must understand Christ. To be found in God we must be found in Christ, to offend the holiness of God we offend the holiness of Christ.