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Saturday, January 24, 2015

Man's Nature -- God's Remedy

Man's Nature – God's Remedy
Isaiah 6:5-7


I. Introduction

Theology is the study of God... Those who are involved in the study of God are called theologians...

Believe it or not... every Christian is a theologian. We're not all theologians in the professional or academic sense... but all of us are in one way or another, involved in the activity of learning about God

We all have our opinions... and you know what they say about opinions... “everyone's got one”.

But concerning my topic today... every Christian has an opinion on God... His nature... Who He is... What He's like... What He does... Why does He do it?...

Does He interact with man?... How does He interact with man?... Why does He interact with man?...

Our problem though... is that opinions are just that... opinions. Opinions can be right... or they can be wrong. This is why the study of God... or, theology... is so extremely... so vitally important to us...

Because we have come to understand that our opinion on God... our theology... carries eternal consequences. We can get it right... or we can get it wrong... We can have good theology... Or, we can have bad theology...

It's simply common sense that everyone would want to have good theology... right? I mean, who, in their right mind, would want bad theology and the eternal consequences of bad theology? We want good theology and the eternal consequences of good theology...

Unless of course, you're a little “teched in the head”... you know what I mean?

But the scripture warns us everywhere against incorrect theology...

For instance, the ancients were warned that there is only one God and that the worship of any other “so-called” god would be catastrophic for them...

Exodus 20:2-5
Deuteronomy 6:4-5

And when it gets right down to it... the very reason why God gave us the Bible in the first place is so that mankind would be able to not only know Him... but that we'd correctly know Him.

The law... the prophets... the gospels... the letters... All of the Bible... every page... guides us into a correct understanding of God, if we're rightly dividing the word of truth (2Timothy 2:16)...

And it warns us everywhere against straying from that correct view...

1 Timothy 6:20-21

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There are many topics within the realm of “theology”. Each topic can have many “sub-topics”... for instance...

Under the heading of Angels... you can have the sub-topics of Holy Angels and Fallen Angels

Under the heading of Last Things (or, Eschatology)... you can have sub-topics that include Death, Rapture, Tribulation, Millenium, Judgment, etc

Now, the only reason I bring this up is that in theology, there are two topics that I feel are so important... that how we understand these two things will guide all the rest of our theology...

These two topics are God... or the Nature of God... and Man, or, the Nature of Man. Our views on these two issues will be the foundation upon which we build the all rest of our theology...

It's vitally important that we get these two foundational doctrines right because your view on one will affect your view on the other. Now, what am I talking about?

...What I'm saying is that the higher view of God you have... then the lower view of man (yourself) you will have. The inverse of this is also true... the higher view of man (yourself) you have... the lower view of God you will have.

(REPEAT... explain how important it is to remember this thought... write it down!)

The last time I was here, I preached about God, the Nature of God. That He is above all other things... HOLY.

Do you remember how I spoke of the fact that our LORD (tetragrammaton, YHWH) isn't just Holy... but that He's Holy, Holy, Holy! (Isaiah 6:3)

This is His nature... it's that one thing that above all else defines Yahweh, and that everything He is and does revolves around the fact that He is Holy to the 3rd degree.

He's Holy, times Holy, times Holy... He's “H3”... and there's no way that we can ever get even the minutest picture of Him... however small and flawed that view is... without understanding something of His Holiness.

If we can get even the smallest glimpse of this... of just how big... how majestic... how wonderful... how perfect... how HOLY our God is...

Then we begin to realize just how small... how insignificant... how tarnished... how sinful... how completely wicked we are in comparison. And we begin to exclaim as Isaiah did in...

Isaiah 6:5

This prophet of God... probably the most “good” person in all of Israel at the time... The holiest of all holy men of the nation... after he caught but a glimpse of the LORD MOST HIGH... Yahweh...

All he could do was declare an oracular curse upon himself. He cried “Woe is me! For I am undone!”

The high view of God that he had received... showed him just how unholy he truly was...

...And this...brings me to the other side of our coin... the flip side, if you would...


II. Man's Nature

One of the problems we run into when we begin a study about the nature of Man... and trying to formulate some sort of coherent and proper doctrine concerning Man is that ultimately, we're talking about ourselves, right?!?

We are, afterall, men (and women)... we belong to that creature called Man. When we talk or think about Man, we're biased... we're prejudiced... we can't help it because we are Man! And therein lies our problem...

One of the key questions we have to answer when we make a study of the nature of Man is... “Are we (mankind) basically good, or basically bad?” Our prejudice... our bias... is usually reflected in the answer we give to this question.

Author and conservative talk show host Dennis Prager stated, “No issue has a greater influence on determining your social and political views than whether you view human nature as basically good or not.”

In his book What Americans Believe, George Barna of Barna Research Group found that 87% of non-Christians agreed with the statement “People are basically good.”

He also found that this belief isn’t peculiar to non-Christians... but that it's found its way into the Church as well. Because, in that same study, Barna also found that 77% of self-described born-again Christians agreed with the statement “People are basically good.”

Remember what I said earlier about being biased? Prejudiced? Even the Bible told us millenia ago... what Barna discovered back in 2003...

Proverbs 20:6 (KJV, or NKJV)

Folks... I have to ask the question... “If we are basically good... then why do I need a Savior?”

Think about what I said earlier and the “higher view of yourself you have... the lower view of God you have.”

Is this the view that Isaiah had when he came in view of the LORD? Do you think that he stood on his own two feet and looked the LORD in the face, thinking, “Well, maybe I'm not perfect...but I'm basically good... so, uh... woe is me...” (In a flip, prideful and careless way)

Or do you think that when he saw the LORD, he covered his face... fell to the floor... and cried out with the upmost anguish, “WOE IS ME!!!

The idea that man is basically good was also the view that teacher and theologian Langdon Gilkey had before he became a prisoner at a Japanese internment camp during World War II.

After spending two-and-a-half years with 2,000 other men, women, and children, and directly witnessing the inherent selfishness, greed, and general rudeness of his fellow internees, he came to the exact opposite conclusion:
 
The camp was an excellent place in which to observe the inner secrets of our own human selves—especially when there were no extras to fall back on and when the thin polish of easy morality and of just dealing was worn off…For one of the peculiar conceits of modern optimism, a conceit which I had fully shared, is the belief that in time of crisis the goodness of men comes forward…Nothing indicates so clearly the fixed belief in the innate goodness of humans as does this confidence that when the chips are down, and we are revealed for what we ‘really are,’ we will all be good to each other. Nothing could be so totally in error.

My wife was talking just the other day about something very similar to this. She was reading about... and looking at pictures of the POW camps right here in America during and immediately after the War Between The States (Yankees call this the Civil War... but there wasn't anything “civil” about it.)

The atrocities that we perpetrated upon our own fellow Americans in both the Northern and Southern camps... is every bit as bad as the atrocities that were exacted upon the Jews, gypsies, and other prisoners in the concentration camps of Nazi Germany.

Of course... let's not forget one of the main reasons for that war on American soil...the enslavement of millions of people and the horrors they had to undergo.

So, let me ask you again... “Is Man basically good? Or, basically bad?”

What does the Bible tell us? We see what Isaiah felt... that he was unclean... and that he lived among unclean people...

But what about the rest of the Bible?

In Psalm 14:1-3 we read...

None good... no, NOT ONE! It's quoted again in Psalm 53:1-3 and Romans 3:10-12

This is one of the most used passages in the Romans Road to Salvation... depicting the wickedness of men.

We use it to show the unbeliever that they are NOT basically good. We have to make that premise because as I've said before, if man is basically good... then man really doesn't need a Savior.

Let me read through some more passages quickly...

Isa 48:8 Surely you did not hear, Surely you did not know; Surely from long ago your ear was not opened. For I knew that you would deal very treacherously, And were called a transgressor from the womb.

Job 15:14-16 "What is man, that he could be pure? And he who is born of a woman, that he could be righteous? (15) If God puts no trust in His saints, And the heavens are not pure in His sight, (16) How much less man, who is abominable and filthy, Who drinks iniquity like water!

Mic 7:2-4 The faithful man has perished from the earth, And there is no one upright among men. They all lie in wait for blood; Every man hunts his brother with a net. (3) That they may successfully do evil with both hands— The prince asks for gifts, The judge seeks a bribe, And the great man utters his evil desire; So they scheme together. (4) The best of them is like a brier; The most upright is sharper than a thorn hedge; The day of your watchman and your punishment comes; Now shall be their perplexity.

Rom 3:23 for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,

Rom 7:18 For I know that in me (that is, in my flesh) nothing good dwells; for to will is present with me, but how to perform what is good I do not find.

Gal 3:22 But the Scripture has confined all under sin, that the promise by faith in Jesus Christ might be given to those who believe.

Eph 2:1-3 And you He made alive, who were dead in trespasses and sins, (2) in which you once walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit who now works in the sons of disobedience, (3) among whom also we all once conducted ourselves in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, just as the others.

There are so many other verses I could read, but we'd be here all day. So let me just say that regardless of what the majority of people believe...

Man is NOT basically good. Man, without Christ, is evil.. totally corrupt... wicked beyond measure.

All of us are sinners... there is NOTHING in me that makes me worthy... even in the smallest... minutest way... worthy of God's grace or mercy.

Mankind, without Jesus... is totally depraved.

This does not mean that human beings are always as bad as they possibly can be... All people are not always bad all of the time...

If that were the case, then there wouldn't have been a War Between the States because no one would have thought that slavery was a bad thing...

But because many people felt that it was... and is... wrong... a war was fought in order to end that wrong.

So, though it doesn't mean that man is always bad all the time... It does mean that no part of our being remains untouched and unaffected by the corruption of sin. Sin has enslaved our total person...

Joh 8:34 Jesus answered them, "Most assuredly, I say to you, whoever commits sin is a slave of sin.

Rom 6:16 Do you not know that to whom you present yourselves slaves to obey, you are that one's slaves whom you obey, whether of sin leading to death, or of obedience leading to righteousness?

Because we are so totally wicked... and sin has so enslaved us... We deserve only the just wages of our sin.

And we find ourselves in the same situation that Isaiah found himself in, and we would remain in that total and completely sinful state... if it weren't for...


III. God's Remedy Isaiah 6:6-7

Isaiah recognized his complete sinfulness. He knew that he was unclean. That he lived among an unclean people. He knew that because of this, he was “undone”.

The Hebrew here is “damah” (daw-maw) and it means to perish, to be destroyed, utterly...

We may think that we're basically good... but that's our pride... our sinfulness talking. We're thinking higher of ourselves than we ought.

The reality is what Isaiah expressed... we are “undone”... we will perish... we will be completely and utterly destroyed... because that's what we deserve...

For the wages of sin is death...” (Romans 6:23)

But God... don't you just love it when you hear those words... or read those words... “but God”...

It means that “it ain't over yet”... The “fat lady” hasn't sung... The last card hasn't been played...

But God had other plans for Isaiah. He sent his seraphim over to Isaiah with a live coal... a coal so hot that even a heavenly being had to carry it with tongs...

...And he touched the coal to Isaiah's lips and thus provided cleansing from Isaiah's uncleanness...

But God has plans for us too... Just like Isaiah... God has provided a way for us to become clean from our uncleanness...

Rom 5:8 But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.

Eph 2:4-5 But God, who is rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, (5) even when we were dead in trespasses, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved),

He hasn't sent a seraphim with a live coal to us... He sent something better... He sent His Son.

It's through our trusting in Jesus that we are made clean. We've gotten a small glimpse of how Holy God is...

We've seen just how totally “unholy” we are...

But God... even while we were still sinners... even while we were dead in our trespasses and sins...

Has provided a way for us to become clean...

1Co 6:11 ...But you were washed, but you were sanctified, but you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus and by the Spirit of our God.

2Co 5:17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.


IV. Invitation



Saturday, January 10, 2015

The Holiness of God

The Holiness of God


When we look at the prophet Isaiah, we find that there's just not that much to know about his personal life except that he appears to be of humble rank, he was married to a woman who's called “the prophetess”, and that he had two sons who were given symbolic names.

We also know that Isaiah had a long prophetic career spanning maybe 65-70 years in which he prophesied during the reigns of 5 different kings of Judah... Uzziah (Azariah), Jotham, Ahaz, Hezekiah and Manasseh.

It was under the rule of Manasseh, according to rabbinical tradition, that Isaiah, at 90 years of age, was sawn asunder in the trunk of a carob tree by order of the king, Manasseh. This is probably what the writer of Hebrews referred to in He 11:37...

There are some, myself included, who think of the book of Isaiah as “the Gospel of Isaiah” because there is no other book in the OT that portrays the Messiah and the Messiah's Ministry as vividly and with such a high degree of accuracy as this book does.

Matter-of-fact, there is such a high degree of accuracy within the prophetic utterances of Isaiah concerning the coming Messiah, that some would say that Isaiah couldn't possibly have written it.

These would deny the possibility of supernatural utterances, so they say that these “prophecies” concerning Christ had to have been added centuries later.

This is nonsense, of course, and it's sad... though true... that there are those who lay claim to the name “Christian”, who just don't believe in a God who knows the future and can tell us about it.

Isaiah, like many others, when he received his “call from God”, felt the need... or had this “compelling urge” to tell others about it.

Anytime that God speaks to someone... or when someone has an encounter with Jesus Christ... whether it be in a dream... a vision... or even in person... that person wants to tell others about it!

Also, when a person is called into a ministry, they know that there will be opposition. People will question them... “Yea hath God said?” They'll ask questions to verify the minister's truthfulness.

That minister, should always have a specific point in time that they can look back to... They should be able to relate some specific time, place, event, or whatever the circumstances were in which they received their call that validifies their ministry.

The minister who doesn't have this... or can't do this... well... maybe they weren't actually “called” by God to that ministry, but rather “desired” something in themselves...

For instance... when Moses was called into his ministry while in the Midian desert, he had an event at a burning bush to look back to.

The OT prophets, or other OT ministers/leaders could all look back to a particular event or situation in which their calling was made known to them...

When Peter and the other disciples were called by Christ Himself, they had specific points in time and surrounding circumstances they could refer to...

And, I wonder how many times the Apostle Paul looked back upon his encounter with Christ on the road to Damascus?

Now in no way, shape, or form... do I put myself into the category of the OT prophets or the NT apostles and saints... but I do have a specific point in time... a specific event in which my own call... my own ministry... was made known to me.

I didn't just “happen” to start doing prison ministry one day. It's not something I just “fell into” by accident.

When the word “ministry” came to my mind... “Prison” ministry was the absolute furthest thing on my mind... it wasn't even in my vocabulary any longer...

But when the call came... it came with a clarity that I couldn't deny.

I remember it like it was yesterday... and I think about it often... but especially when I begin to question myself... or those doubts from Satan begin to buffet me... or when supposed “brothers” would try to do me harm... or try to hurt the ministry God has given to me by trying to put a “label” on me or hatefully speak about me or my ministry behind my back.

You know... I don't worry too much about what the world says about me. I expect unbelievers to do what unbelievers do.

What I, or other Christian minister's have to worry about are the attacks and hatred directed toward them by other Christians! That's truly sad!

But, that's also why we need specific events to look back to and draw encouragement from...

Isaiah also had his event... his specific call to ministry... a specific point in time to which he could look back to in order to confirm his call and prove to others or draw encouragement from for himself.

This is what the 6th chapter of Isaiah is all about... It's that moment in time where God called... and Isaiah responded with... “Here am I... Send me.”

Isaiah 6:1-3

You know... as dramatic... or as memorable... as my call was to me... I wasn't given a vision of the very throne room of God!

Can you imagine?!? The honor of being ushered into heaven... into the palace of the LORD GOD ALMIGHTY... Jehovah El Shaddai!

Moses was able to get a “backward glimpse” of God, but only because God shielded him and placed him in the protection of the “cleft of the Rock”...

Paul was able to take a journey into the 3rd heaven... but there's no mention of God's throne room.

But Isaiah is invited into the throne room of God in a vision... which is the only way anyone could be able to see God and not die...

And he received this vision in the year that King Uzziah died... which most scholars say was 740 BC

740 BC is an important year in world history. It marks the end of one of Judah's better Kings... Uzziah. And though Uzziah's reign is marked with spiritual... and military... and economic strength... this grand experiment that God had started in the Land of Promise with the Jews was drawing to an end. It was on it's downward slide.

Israel had already been taken into captivity and in a few years... Judah would also be taken away.

740 BC also marks the beginning of the prophetic career of one of God's greatest and most beloved prophets... Isaiah...

And across the Mediterranean Sea, a village is established, supposedly by twins named Romulus and Remus... in country known as Italy... a city surrounded by seven hills... which would have an effect upon the world as no other city/nation has ever had since.

The year that Isaiah received his call and began his career that would tell us about the Messiah that was to come... is the same year that the Empire began which would crucify that Messiah.

This is the year that Isaiah saw the Lord... Can you imagine?!? He saw the Lord!

The same LORD Isaiah saw sitting on the throne, is the same LORD that Moses saw at the burning bush.

Now, it's important that we understand something here. In the better translations of the English Bible, such as the KJV, NASB, ESV and yeah, even the NIV (but only up to the 1984 edition), when you see the word Lord (capital L, then small letters), the style of spelling gives us the clue that the original language here is adonai, which means sovereign... or master.

But when you see the word LORD (all caps), the original language here would be what's known to us as the tetragrammaton, or the letters YHWH... the vowels have been removed in order to protect the name...
The reason we see the usage of the tetragrammaton in the Bible is because of the Jewish tradition that the name of Yahweh isn't to be spoken out of fear that the name be blasphemed

We are also told in the 3rd Commandment that we aren't to take the Name of the Lord in vain... and if we do, we'll be held accountable. Because God's Name is Holy... it's above all names...
So, it's extremely important that we give the proper reverence to the Name of our LORD and SAVIOR...

But to never speak His Name... I don't think it's scriptural, because we're told in...

Psa 68:4 Sing to God, sing praises to His name; Extol Him who rides on the clouds, By His name YAH, And rejoice before Him.

And, can you imagine if Moses had no Name to use when he went to Egypt? I mean... think about it for a minute...

How would he ever gain entrance to see Pharaoh? Here's this guy straight out of the desert... dressed in skins... smelling of sheep and goats... seeking an audience with the most powerful ruler in the world... Pharaoh himself?

If the guard asked... Do you have an appointment? “No”. Are you a king or prince or someone important? “No, not really.” Then why should I let you in? “Well... I was talking with this bush out in the desert...”

Not only that, but even when he goes to introduce himself to the Israelites. He tells them basically... “We're fixing to start the biggest labor strike known in history against the most powerful country in the world...” Oh yeah...who says? “Well...this bush told me...”

The Name of the LORD is holy... We are to give it the utmost of respect, for God tells us in...

Exo 20:7 "You shall not take the name of the LORD your God in vain, for the LORD will not hold him guiltless who takes His name in vain.

And again, when Jesus taught us to pray, He said...

Mat 6:9 ...Our Father in heaven, Hallowed be Your name.

Hallowed... Holy above all other names... Honored above all other names

How can any true believer hold anything but the utmost reverence for the Name?

Folks... if there's anything that exposes our culture to the unmitigated wrath of God... it's the frivolous way we use His Name!

And let me tell you something else... If you truly want to know what's going on in your soul with respect to your commitment to God... Examine how you use His Name in daily life!

A Christian can commit sin. We can fall into the sin of adultery. We can even commit murder or any number of other sins...

But how can anyone who claims the Name of Christ... repeatedly... and unrepentantly... trivialize the Name of the Lord?


Isaiah saw the Lord... the sovereign One... “sitting on a throne”... “high and lifted up”...

The rulers of the day would go to great expense to have a throne that was elaborate and ornate... normally set up on a platform in order to emphasize their august majesty in comparison to those who would come before them...

Solomon's throne is believed to be the grandest of all (IKi 10:18-20). It was placed upon a platform of “six steps” so that he would be “high and lifted up” above all those who came before him...

But whatever we see on earth... the glory of Solomon's own throne... is merely a shadow of the reality of what's in Heaven! All earthly representations will pale in comparison. (Ex 25:9; He 8:5)

And “the train of His robe filled the temple.” The skirts of His robe were so long and elaborate that they filled the room.

The word for “temple” here is “heykal” (hay-kaw) and could also be translated as “palace”... And it's entirely possible that Isaiah is seeing God's throne room in God's palace...

But... I'd have to say that wherever the LORD is... there's worship going on... so... maybe “temple” is just perfect!


Isaiah 6:2

And now we reach the description of the “seraphim”, which means “firey ones”. It could be that they're “on fire for God”... or maybe that they “burned in love for the Holy One”... as some commentators suggest.

But, I'm thinking that just as Moses' face glowed after being in the presence of the Lord for but a short time on the mountain...

And the same way that many believe (myself included) that Adam and Eve glowed from shekinah glory of being in the presence of the Lord in the garden... which glory later faded away because of their sin, thereby revealing their nakedness...
These seraphim, who are constantly in the LORD's presence... so glowed from the radiance of God's glory that they truly are “firey ones”.

And these seraphim had six wings... Not two... Not four... Six...

I pondered on this for a time, and it dawned on me that God gives all of His creatures what they need to perform whatever their function is... They are made suitable for their environment.

For instance... birds have wings and feathers and very specific bone structures in order to give them flight.

Fish have scales... gills... and fins in order for them to swim and live in water.

These seraphim were also given what they needed to perform their function. They were made suitable for their environment... which is to serve in the throne room and to be in the Presence of the MOST HIGH GOD!

They had two wings so that they could “fly”... and I believe that they were flying at the time Isaiah saw them because they were “above” the throne...

They stood... or flew... because they were ever ready to do the LORD's bidding... These are Wings of Service

They also had two wings that covered their “feet”. Many commentators say that covering their “lower parts” might be a better description.

Whichever it is... their feet or lower parts were covered probably in order to conceal them out of reverence... showing their “nothingness” and “unworthiness” in the presence of the Holy One.

These are the Wings of Humility

And they had two wings that covered their “faces”. Can you imagine? Even angelic beings who were created specifically to be in the Presence of Yahweh... had to cover their faces!

Just as the LORD told Moses that no one can see God and live... (Ex 33:20) So God had to hide Moses in the cleft of the Rock and was allowed to glimpse God's back as He passed by.

So also with these seraphim... or any created being... the unveiled presence of the LORD would be so overpowering that none would be able to gaze upon Him and live.

These are the Wings of Reverence

And to all those who have this notion that when they die... they'll drop by the throne room of God and kick back a brew with their Buddy...

To all those who would think more highly of themselves than they do of their Creator... I'd say that when any creature comes before the glorious majesty of the Holy LORD GOD...

There will be no standing. All will fall to their faces and grovel on the floor as Isaiah did, exclaiming...

Isa 6:5 ..."Woe is me, for I am undone! Because I am a man of unclean lips, And I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips; For my eyes have seen the King, The LORD of hosts."

Men... we need to BEWARE! Because, the higher view you have of God...the lower view you will have of man. But the higher view of man you have...the lower view of God you will have!


Isaiah 6:3

In the English language, if we want to emphasize something... we have any number of tools we can use...

We can CAPITALIZE the letters... we can CAPITALIZE and bold it... We can underline... Or we can italicize...

The Hebrews had similar tools they could use... but one of the most common tools they used to emphasize something was repetition... They'd say it twice!

Jesus used this practice often in the NT when He would start a statement with... “Verily, verily, I say unto you...”

What He was actually saying was “Amen... Amen... I say unto you...” And He's emphasizing the importance of what comes next... what He's about to say!

The Apostle Paul, when writing to the Galatians about those who would pervert the gospel of Christ... said...

Gal 1:8 But even if we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel to you than what we have preached to you, let him be accursed.

Then in order to emphasize this curse... he speaks it again in the very next verse...

Gal 1:9 As we have said before, so now I say again, if anyone preaches any other gospel to you than what you have received, let him be accursed.

This angelic being... this seraphim... didn't say that God is Holy...

He didn't say that God is Holy... Holy...

He said that God is Holy... Holy... Holy...

The Bible doesn't tell us that God is Love, Love, Love

It doesn't say that He is Mercy, Mercy, Mercy... or, Grace, Grace, Grace...

Our God... Our LORD and SAVIOR... is HOLY... HOLY... HOLY...

Yahweh is Holiness cubed... H3 As holy as you might think He is... He's three times that!

He is so holy... that just as His train filled the temple... the whole earth is full of His glory!

When you were coming to Church today... did you see the glory of God?

There are many places... and many things... in this world today that testify of the glory of Man...

But the Word of God tells me that the whole earth is filled with His glory! That means that there's no place you can go where you can't see it

And if the whole earth is filled with the glory of God... then the man who refuses to acknowledge Him as God and Lord... is without excuse.

Rom 1:19-20 because what may be known of God is manifest in them, for God has shown it to them. (20) For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even His eternal power and Godhead, so that they are without excuse,

If you don't leave here with anything else today... I would want you to leave with the rather small and feeble glimpse I tried to give you of God's holiness...

And the fact that this God, Who is HOLY, HOLY, HOLY... above all of creation... loved us so much that for a time, He gave that all up.

That He condescended to be born as a man... Live a perfect life... and became the once and for all sacrifice for our sins.

I want you to leave with the knowledge that because he did this... If you place your trust in Him... You will be saved.


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