Today at CCF, the sermon was all about the "holiness" aspect of God. One quote mentioned (I can't remember who said it... so don't ask) was brought to my attention. As most Biblical scholars know, in the Bible if something is repeated it is done so for emphasis. Well the quote brings to attention that the Bible never calls God "Love Love Love" or "Truth Truth Truth," both of which are parts of God, but it does say that He is "Holy Holy Holy." Holy is repeated twice! No other facet of God is so important as His holiness. Everything else stems from holiness, which is so far from our comprehension. Also, holiness and goodness are completely different things. As humans, we can be good, but holiness we merely strive for. It's so hard to put into words. Have you ever wondered why Jesus had to die? Because God is holy holy holy, He cannot be in the presence of sin. Something drastic had to be done in order to make us holy enough for him, because holiness is separateness. There was no other way to allow us in the presence of God! We have such a watered-down image of God today, and it does not begin to give Him the credit, the acknowledement of who He is. "Behold, I am ruined!" Isaiah said. This was no mere common phrase. Isaiah was consumed by guilt after witnessing what holiness truly is. He was in complete and utter awe! He looked upon the holiness of God, and he knew the power of that holiness, and it literally blew him over.
Wow... God is awesome--deserving of our complete AWE. Amazing, isn't it?