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God’s Holiness: The One Attribute We Need to Understand

If you were to survey a random sampling of people in your community and ask them, “What is the one character trait you most associate with God,” the top answer you would likely get is “love.” To be fair, if you were doing such a random questioning in the general population, you would probably also get “hate” as an answer. If the same question were asked in any congregation, “love” would probably be #1, and that by a wide margin.

I, too, can’t think enough of God’s love. It is matchless, amazing, and unending. It shows itself in His grace, mercy, and forgiveness.

But love is not the singular attribute of God that we need to fully understand.

Holiness is.

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Why do I say that? Because if we get the holiness of God right, everything else will fall into place.

You see, when people talk about the love of God, they are usually talking about a wishy-washy, anything-goes-and-I’ll-overlook-it kind of love. The Bible tells us, though, that God loved us enough to not only forgive, but also He loves us enough to punish. That’s not usually how we think of love, but God’s holiness will not allow sin to go unpunished.

God’s holiness saturates Scripture. Think with me for a moment.

  • Why is a book like Leviticus so filled with laws about purity and cleanliness? While these laws were there to help the health of the Israelites, they were also constant visual reminders of the holiness of God. They were not to allow any impurity in their midst.
  • Why is God so adamant about things like premarital and extra-marital sex being sinful? Because the marriage relationship is meant to be a picture of holiness, and to take the most intimate part of that relationship elsewhere is to ruin that picture.
  • Why would God crucify Jesus? Because a perfect sacrifice had to be made, and no other person could ever have walked through this world in total perfection. Jesus was the only truly holy sacrifice.

God is a holy God. There is no way to express this adequately because we see the world through eyes that have been tinged with sin many times. But Scripture is replete with reminders of the holiness of the Father.

He is holy (Isaiah 6:3).

His dwelling is holy (Habakkuk 2:20).

Worshiping Him is holy (Psalm 96:9).

His eyes are pure (Habakkuk 1:13).

His words are right (Isaiah 45:19).

His name is holy (Luke 1:49).

He is perfect (Matthew 5:48).

So, Scripture makes this attribute clear. But how is this the one attribute of God that I need to understand? When I set my mind on comprehending the holiness of God, I will see Him for who He is, me for who I am, and sin for what it is.

Even if I do not understand why something is sinful, I will not want to commit that sin because a perfectly holy God has said it is an affront to Him. My heart will be set on being holy, so I will not commit that sin.

God’s love is amazing, but God’s holiness is the one attribute we need to understand.

“Be holy, for I am holy” (1 Peter 1:16). If we will follow that one command, everything else will fall into place.

QUESTION: Why do you think God’s holiness is so rarely discussed today?

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Acts by the Numbers : Acts 10

The latest handout to help you teach Acts to your children is from Acts 10. We hope you are finding these useful.

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Page Turners Episode 004 : You Are a Writer

Welcome to Page Turners, where we interview the authors of some of our favorite books. On this fourth episode, we are thrilled to be joined by Jeff Goins, author of You are a Writer (So Start Acting Like One).

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The Interview

Enjoy the interview with Jeff, and then we’ll let you know how you can get a copy of Jeff’s great ebook, as well as his newest work.

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Get Your Copy

You Are a Writer is only available in ebook format, but you can get a copy for just $4.99. This little book is very motivational and you will want to get it. Here is the link to get your copy.

While you are on Amazon, pick up Jeff’s other book, Wrecked, as well. You can get it in paperback for $10.68  here or on Kindle for just $7.76 here.

We thank Jeff for taking time out of his very busy schedule to be with us on Page Turners. Be looking for future episodes to come very soon.

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Other Resources

Jeff Goins’ blog (which is excellent)

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Page Turners Episode 003 : Game Plan

Welcome to Page Turners, where we interview the authors of some of our favorite books. On this third episode, we are pleased to be joined by Joe Wells, author of Game Plan: Develop a Spiritually Winning Strategy for Adults and Teens in Today’s Culture.

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The Interview

Enjoy the interview with Joe, and then we’ll tell you how to get a copy of this excellent book in print or Kindle format.

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Get Your Copy

Now that you know a little about this great book, here is how you can get a copy.

Game Plan is available in both print and Kindle formats.

The print format can be ordered directly from Focus Press for $20 by clicking here.

If you are interested in getting a copy of the book on Kindle, it is only $9.99. You can get it on your Kindle here.

We’d like to thank Joe for taking the time to join us on Page Turners, and we hope these interviews are interesting to you!

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Other Resources

Kindle PaperWhite: the newest and clearest Kindle can be purchased for $119 here.

Kindle: the original (and the one that Adam uses and loves) can be purchased for just $69 here.

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Acts by the Numbers : Acts chapter 8

Here’s the handout for Acts 8. We hope these are helping you learn this book and teach it to others, especially your children.

 

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Acts by the Numbers : Acts Chapters 6 and 7

As I was preparing my handout for Acts 7, I realized that I never uploaded the handout for chapter 6. So, here are both. We hope you are finding these helpful. Give us some feedback on ways you are using them in your home or personal study.

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Page Turners Episode 001 : The Epic of God

Welcome to Page Turners, where we interview the authors of some of our favorite books. On this, our first episode, we hang out with Michael Whitworth, author of the great new book The Epic of God from Start2Finish Books.

After the logo, enjoy the interview, and then see how you can get a copy of this great new volume!

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Enjoy the interview with Michael!

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Now that you know more about this great new book, here’s how you can pick up a copy.

The book is available from Amazon for just $14.38 in paperback. Since this is a reference book, I would recommend getting a paperback copy. Click here to get it.

If, however, you want to get a Kindle version, it is just $9.99 and you can get the book in that format by clicking here.

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Introducing “Page Turners”

This Thursday, we will begin a new series of video posts on the blog. We are calling this series “Page Turners,” and we are really excited about it!

Here is a 2 minute video to help you learn more and to see why we are so excited!

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Acts by the Numbers: Chapter 5

Here is our latest handout to help you and your family learn the basics of Acts 5. We hope you are enjoying these, and we pray they are helping you walk through this great book!

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Acts by the Numbers: chapter 4

Continuing our study of Acts, here is our handout for chapter 4 to help you and  your family learn the basics of this chapter.

 

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