THERE IS A REASON WHY .. . . . . , 18.01.19
1 John 3:2,3
There is a reason why God cannot ignore, but must deal with sin, the breaking of His laws. There is a reason why it cannot go unpunished. There is a reason for eternal separation from Him. There is a reason why, in the end, everything will be judged, and God’s justice will be done.
Although believers sing many songs about “holy, holy, holy are You, Lord,” there seems a lack of understanding about what that really means – i.e., the implications of that holiness. There is a real lack of reverent fear for a holy perfect, all-powerful God in today’s world. Believers have become somewhat complacent, presumptuous, taking for granted a holy God, assuming that because humans were made in His image, believers are somehow on an equal footing with Him.
“The Hebrew word for holy is “qodesh” and means “apartness, set-apartness, separateness, sacredness” and I would add that it should also be “otherness, transcendent and totally other” because God is totally above His creation and His creatures, including us. Holy has the idea of heaviness or weight of glory. In the New Testament, the word for holy is “hagios” and means set apart, reverend, sacred, and worthy of veneration.” This word applies to God because God Himself is totally other, separate, sacred, transcendent, reverend, and set apart from every created thing.”
Yes, God is indeed holy. Yes, people were created in His image; but humans will never be God; believers are subordinate subjects of His, intended to serve and honour Him, to bow before Him: “And I heard every creature in heaven and on the earth and under the earth and on the sea and everything in them, responding, “To the One seated on the throne and to the Lamb be blessing and honor and glory and power forever and ever!” And the four living creatures kept saying, “Amen!” And the elders fell down and worshiped”” (Rev.5:13,14).
It is because of that very holiness that He cannot permit sin, the breaking of His laws, to go unpunished. It is because of His Holiness that no one can see His face. That accounts for how Moses, Isaiah, and others came undone when they had a visitation from the Lord, crumpling in fear:
“Moses thought, “I will go now, and see this great sight. Why is the bush not burnt?”
4 When Adonai saw that he turned to look, He called to him out of the midst of the bush and said, “Moses, Moses!” So he answered, “Hineni.”
5 Then He said, “Come no closer. Take your sandals off your feet, for the place where you are standing is holy
6 Moreover He said, “I am the God of your father, the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.” So Moses hid his face, because he was afraid to look at God.”
“I saw the Lord sitting on a throne, high and lifted up, and the train of His robe filled the temple.
2 Above it stood seraphim; each one had six wings: with two he covered his face, with two he covered his feet, and with two he flew.
3 And one cried to another and said:
“Holy, holy, holy is the Lord of hosts;
The whole earth is full of His glory!”
4 And the posts of the door were shaken by the voice of him who cried out, and the house was filled with smoke.
5 So I said:
“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.”
6 Then one of the seraphim flew to me, having in his hand a live coal which he had taken with the tongs from the altar.
7 And he touched my mouth with it, and said:
“Behold, this has touched your lips;
Your iniquity is taken away,
And your sin purged.”
Notice, his mouth had to be cleansed by fire in order for him to be acceptable.
Yahweh is love; but Yahweh is also justice; a holy God must judge all violations of His law:
“a spirit of judgment for him
who sits on the judgment seat”
“But I will make justice the measuring line
and righteousness the plumb line”
“For his God teaches him judgment,
“I am Adonai who exercises lovingkindness,
justice and righteousness on earth. ”
24 “Days are soon coming . . . I will punish all who are circumcised and yet uncircumcised—
25 For all the nations are uncircumcised but all the house of Israel are uncircumcised in the heart.”
“For they are not all Israel who are of Israel”
“Fear God and give Him glory, because the hour of His judgment has come. Worship the One who made heaven and earth and sea and springs of water.”
Under the Old Covenant, God often released His judgment through His prophets: “I will pronounce My judgments on them for all their wickedness—they have forsaken Me” (Jer.1:16). Sin/breaking of His laws had to be dealt with by a blood sacrifice, the priests assigned to represent the people. Under the New Covenant, Messiah Yeshua’s blood was shed to cover the sins of humanity, past, present, and future, for all time – available to all who would/will believe, and bow their knee to His Lordship. And Messiah, who was on earth as Saviour, is returning soon as Judge, to see what His people have done with what they were taught by Him.
Yes, before entry into the heavenly Kingdom, there must be a time of judgment: “But I tell you that on the Day of Judgment, men will give account for every careless word they speak. For by your words you will be justified, and by your words you will be condemned” (Matt.12:36). God is holy, “With eyes too pure to see evil, You cannot look at such trouble!” (Hab.1:13); so He cannot reside side-by-side, face-to-face, with sinful beings. This clarifies that we are not yet perfectly holy, and that something supernatural must yet occur prior to entry into the heavenly realm where believers will be directly in God’s presence for all eternity. The pure spotless bride will need some supernatural cleansing and polishing before that time.
The process by which we receive our glorified bodies (Phil.3:20,21) is supernatural and unexplained; in the same way, whatever happens to achieve that perfected state of holiness is supernatural and unexplained, a mystery. What we do know is that nothing and no one (please refer to previous study which covers what/who will not be accepted in God’s Kingdom) who continues sinning in any form will enter into the Kingdom of heaven. From this we can only conclude that somehow, through the supernatural Hand of God, the final purging of flesh must occur before the time that we see His face (“for we shall see Him as He is,” 1 John 3:2,3), and the receipt of the glorified body, and time of judgment. Somewhere, somehow, a supernatural intervention will have occurred to finally make us holy as He is holy, and thus enable us to spend eternity in His presence.
This, of course, cannot be applied ad hoc to whoever thinks they are “good” people and think they are going to heaven; it only applies to those who know Him, and whom He knows. Just as we do not let someone we do not know into our homes, or our most intimate family celebrations, nor does the Father allow those who are not part of His family to enter into His kingdom. “But whoever did receive Him, those trusting in His name, to these He gave the right to become children of God” (John 1:12). There are qualifications, conditions to be met. See, it works like this: anyone can come to Him, can surrender to Him; no one will be turned away; it is a choice, an act of will; however, upon doing so, those who come must submit to the house rules, and abide by His terms. The never-ending question about how a loving God could permit/cause eternal punishment, is answered by this same principle: A holy, perfect God cannot allow sinful man into heaven, for heaven would thereby become polluted; it would no longer be heaven!!! IT IS THAT SIMPLE!
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