The Tabernacle Scroll

Issue 37

In the year that King Uzziah died, I saw the Lord seated on a throne, high and exalted, and the train of his robe filled the temple. Above him were seraphs, each with six wings: with two wings they covered their faces, with two they covered their feet, and with two they were flying. And they were calling to one another: "Holy, holy, holy is the Lord Almighty; the whole earth is full of his glory". At the sound of their voices the doorposts and thresholds shook and the temple was filled with smoke. "Woe to me" I cried. "I am ruined! For I am a man of unclean lips, and live among a people of unclean lips, and my eyes have seen the King, the Lord Almighty". [Isaiah 6 1-5, NIV].

This passage impresses us with God's awesomenss and his holiness. So perfect is He in the purity of His holiness that no creature could look into His face. Moses, desiring to see God's face was told that no one could look upon His face and live! He is awesome in his holiness. Not even the angels around his throne, sinless though they are, could look upon his face! But we must not be led to think that God's holiness has to do with the way he looks. God is a Spirit, and the only way in which we can get to see Him is in Jesus (who reveals Him to us). When we speak of God's holiness we are saying that every one of his attributes is shrouded in holiness. His love is a holy love; his wrath is a holy wrath; his justice is a holy justice, and so on. Everything about Him is holy; that's just the way He is! He is morally pure.

When Isaiah was confronted with this Holy God in all of his splendour and majesty, he straightway recognized his own utter sinfulness. He was dismayed, because anyone who saw God expected to die immediately.

The God whose presence we seek has not changed. The psalmist says, "Who may ascend the hill of the Lord? Who may stand in his holy place? He who has clean hands and a pure heart….." (Ps. 24:3). Peter says: "But just as he who called you is holy, so be holy in all you do; for it is written: 'be holy for I am holy'"(1Pe 1:15,16).

Let's not be presumptuous about holiness. At the 'new-birth' we are credited with Christ's righteousness, and in the mind of God we are 'holy' (i.e., 'set apart') because we are 'in Christ'. This holiness is our position or our standing. But our state (the reality of our lives) is still sinful. God's will is that our lives be perfected in holiness so that we become conformed to the image of Christ. When the Bible says 'be holy', it is talking about behavioural holiness - our thoughts, words and actions.

The Holy Spirit is the 'Spirit of Holiness'. If we seek his presence we must pursue holiness in all things. It is the evidence of a genuine 'new birth'. It is real revival!

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