GOD IS HOLY.

There is truly none like our God; He is completely and perfectly OTHER.

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Since the beginning, God has been revealing who He is on His terms. The revelation of His heart, through His character and nature, is called theology. It's who God says He is, as specifically revealed in the pages of the scriptures. These innumerable attributes of God, the depths of which we are unable to mine, and His inexhaustible majesty are nonetheless made available to us through the scriptures. Throughout history, humanity has exhausted language and diction in an effort to better articulate who God is and what He is like. Our best words and attempts still fall short to fully describe Him. He is other, more, beyond, yet He’s here, near, and with His creation. He is infinitely good, and wholly just. He is completely and wholly self-sufficient and without need. He is righteous and good. He is other and set apart.

 

He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation.

For by him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities-all things were created through him and for him.

And he is before all things, and in him all things hold together.

And he is the head of the body, the church. He is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, that in everything he might be preeminent.

For in him all the fullness of God was pleased to dwell, and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether on earth or in heaven, making peace by the blood of his cross.

Colossians 1v15-20

 

For it was indeed fitting that we should have such a high priest, holy, innocent, unstained, separated from sinners, and exalted above the heavens.

Hebrews 7:26

 

Jesus is holy. He is absolutely holy and set apart, which means that He is absolutely untainted, unblemished, flawless, full, and unlimited in all He does. This is a picture of purity. It denotes someone or something that is without defect. There is no way to improve it or make it better. It is already perfect. Jesus's holiness is the essential piece of His character that is necessary to be in the presence of a holy, perfect, just, and righteous father. Without holiness, we cannot be in proximity with the father, thus having no intimacy. Without the covering of righteousness, we cannot truly know God. Sin separates and creates distance. Sin drives us further from intimacy with God. This is the pursuit of the adversary and the great lie. To manipulate and distort truth that drives us further from true and right belief. "Behind all of sin is unbelief." The distance exposes our unbelief. The longing unveils our sin. The separation reveals our deep desperation. It's proximity and closeness that the heart of humanity longs for. It was closeness and proximity... a withness that saturated Eden. The holiness and righteousness of God, the essential character and nature that created, was what humanity knew. It's what we were created out of and for. Distance and separation is what Jesus rescues us from, and holiness and intimate knowing is what Jesus saves us to. Through Him, by Him, to Him, for Him, Jesus saves. The perfection, righteousness, and holiness of Jesus were essential to cover our unbelief. God the father, full of mercy and grace, covers Adam’s and Eve's nakedness in the garden with the skin of animals. Blood was shed to cover at the beginning, and it will be necessary to cover in the end.

 

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