In my last article, we ended with the question, “Where should we start to learn the one gospel?” The answer is twofold:
- The Old Testament
- The concept of God’s holiness
Galatians 3:24 says, “The Law has become our tutor in order to lead us to Christ, so that we may be justified by faith.” The purpose of the Old Testament is to lead us to Christ. Soon we’ll learn how it does that.
First, let’s go back even further . . .
In the very beginning, before mankind was created, God had a plan to save us. In that way, He chose us. In this plan, we see His grace and love. He is a holy God, and He desires fellowship with us!
Since God is a spirit, He wants a spiritual relationship with us. We are spirit beings that inhabit physical bodies. Our body is simply a container for the soul.
Our spirit will one day depart from our body and dwell eternally in Heaven or Hell. Therefore, we should place far more emphasis on our eternal well-being than on temporary pleasure.
God is holy, or “set apart,” because He is free from sin. Consider three of God’s attributes:
- Omniscient (all knowing)
- Omnipotent (all powerful)
- Omnipresent (everywhere present)
Imagine if God, despite having these characteristics, was pure evil. Would you want to worship Him? Of course not!
Thankfully, God’s attributes are governed by His holy character. As a result, we want to worship Him.
There are two important features of God’s holiness …
Justice involves punishment. Love involves forgiveness. As contradictory as they seem, they are in perfect harmony within God’s holy character.
Not only is God holy, He expects us to be. We’ll discuss this concept in my next article.