A HOLY SACRIFICE
Earlier, we looked at Isaiah 6. This was a most amazing
scene. Angels flying around crying "Holy, Holy, Holy" and
the very presence of God was enough for the prophet to be
overcome. God is Holy! Do we really understand what this
means? Many have tried to describe God in ways that we
can understand. This passage is a most effective way to
show us this great a glorious God.
The word Holy, does not only indicate purity but also
completeness. God is more than we can even imagine. He is
flawless in all ways. He is lacking in nothing! He does not
lack power, wisdom, or love. We may have a hard time fully
grasping the extent of the completeness of God for we have
no comparison. The exciting thing is that God has called us
to be Holy, even as he is Holy! (1 Peter 1:16)
We have already stated that God is not demanding
perfection, but Holiness. The difference is profound.
Perfection is God not man. Holiness is being totally complete
in all ways and lacking in nothing. We must continually seek
to live Godly lives of purity but that is our effort. God wants
us to know and accept the fact that we are complete in him
and lacking nothing because of his effort. Again the focus is
on God not us.
"Holy, Holy, Holy is the Lord of Hosts." (Isaiah 6:3).
Translate the words and we can declare, "complete,
complete, complete" is the Lord of Hosts! Scripture shows
that he is not a brittle potentate that snubs creation because
of who he is. What a loving and wonderful person! Even
though he is pure and complete, he is always reaching out to
each one in love.
When we consider the holiness of God we are compelled to
be different. To be whole is our desire. This is an act of God
that we cooperate with. We are not taking sides regarding
Calvinistic or Arminian theology, rather we celebrate the
beauty of the Almighty who would love all so much that he
would call us to be Holy even as he is Holy.
If it is an act of God, how do we cooperate with God to be
Holy? The simple truth is that we accept the truth of who
God is. This is the most complete definition of true worship!
Jesus said in Matthew 23:25, "Woe to you, scribes and
Pharisees, hypocrites! For you clean the outside of the cup
and of the dish, but inside they are full of robbery and
self-indulgence." It's not a matter of looking good to others.
The eyes of the most Holy One see the inside as well as the
outside. Trying to fool people is bad enough but to try to fool
ourselves is an insult to God.
At salvation, we become saints. We become complete in
God. Heirs of God. We lack nothing. Psalm 23 is such a
beautiful picture of how we, as God's sheep are totally
without lack. Some may say, "but I am sick", or "I am in
debt", or "I am in trouble". God does not lie. He is not a
debtor to anyone. No charge can be made to him who is pure
and complete. He is no respecter of persons, meaning that
he does not discriminate between anyone. No one gets while
others lack because of God. "But some are healed and
others aren't". Do we dare point an accusing finger at the
one who gave that we can be healed? Scripture declares in
Isaiah 53:5, "by his stripes, we are healed". It does not say
some. That is not the character of God. Jesus was offered up
for all, not just some. When will we seek God and not
answers? We may have to wait for the "God" appointed
time, but we have the assurance of the love of a Holy God! A
lifestyle of worship will be marked by the calm assurance of
the Holiness of God.
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