The Holiness of God Part 1

King Uzziah – 2ndChronicles 26:1-23

  • Son of King Amaziah, he became king at age 16 and reigned 52 years. As long as he sought God, he prospered (2 Chr 26:5)
  • He had military success (26:6-7); His fame spread around the known world (26:8); He was a renown builder (26:9) and farmer (26:10); He had a large army and was an inventor of weapons (26:11-15)
  • BUT… “but when he was strong, his heart was lifted up to his destruction…” (26:16) and went into a place he wasn’t supposed to go to and did something that he wasn’t supposed to do and got leprosy (26:17-20). He died as a leper in 744 B.C.
  • His death was a blow to the people and even though his son would follow God, 16 years after his death, his grandson would sacrifice children to false God. (2nd 28:1-4)

God’s holiness – Isaiah 6:1-13

  • It was in a time of national sadness that Isaiah had a vision of God!
    • No matter what happens nationally, God is still God.He is still holy!
  • Seraphim mean, “burning or fiery ones” and they are the highest order of angels. They are/will be…

 

  • …praising God forever ( 4:8-9) giving Him glory, honor and thanks!
  • Holy, Holy, Holy” is the empathic shout showing that 1) God is holy 2) He is holier 3) He is holiest! (This could also be a representation of the trinity!)
  • His glory is a manifestation of His holiness!

His majesty = His beauty, excellency and honor

  • His throne and train – read Rev. 4:1-11

(His holiness defines His perfect morality and purity)

Isaiah’s response to God’s holiness

  • Woe is me!”; “I am undone”; “I have unclean lips”= Isaiah saw his sin in the light of God’s holiness and realized how messed up he was! Until we see our sin in this light we won’t realize how sinful we are!ReadIsaiah 64:1-7
  • God purged him of sin – angels came to him
  • He immediately answered the call to serve

Responses to God’s holiness

  • Moses in Exodus 3:5, “And he said, Draw not nigh hither: put off thy shoes from off thy feet, for the place whereon thou standest is holy ground.”
  • Peter in Luke 5:8 when they caught more fish than they could handle after a draught in fishing…”When Simon Peter saw it, he fell down at Jesus’ knees, saying, Depart from me; for I am a sinful man, O Lord.”
  • Paul inRomans 11:33-36
    • Who has known the mind of the Lord?
    • He deserves the glory forever

What this means for us!

  • In light of God’s holiness, we fall incredibly short of His holiness and should see our wickedness
    • Romans 3:10
    • Romans 3:23
    • Romans 5:8
    • Romans 6:23
    • Romans 10:9,10, and 13
  • Jesus’ sacrifice is our only hope
    • He is our justification
  • We should humbly serve Him (evaluate our pride)
    • “It was through Pride that the devil became the devil: Pride leads to every other vice: it is the complete anti-God state of mind . . . As long as you are proud you cannot know God. A proud man is always looking down on things and people: and, of course, as long as you are looking down, you cannot see something that is above you” – S. Lewis, Mere Christianity
  • His holiness helps us understand what He promises is true (we can trust Him). He is morally perfect and author of truth and His promises will come through for us!
  • Motivates us to be “on fire” for God!
    • “The happiest state of a Christian is the holiest state. As there is most heat nearest the sun, so there is most happiness nearest to Christ.” – Charles Spurgeon


The Glory of God

God’s Glory

  • In was something that was seen –Exodus 16:7, 10
  • It was an unmistakable presence – 2 Chron. 7:1-3
  • It is powerful and fearful – Deuteronomy 5:24-25
  • It was taken from Israel when the ark was gone – 1 Samuel 4:21-22
  • It is to be celebrated – 1 Chronicles 16:10
  • It reflects God’s splendor and honor – 1 Chron. 16:24, 28, 29
  • It reflects God’s beauty and excellency – 1 Chron. 16: 27
  • God’s glory lasts forever – Ps 104:31, Matt 6:13, Ro. 11:36, Gal. 1:5, Phil 4:20, Rev. 5:13
  • The whole earth is full of His glory – Isaiah 6:3
  • God’s glory is above the heavens – Psalm 8:1

What is God’s Glory?

  • The glory of God is the manifested beauty of His holiness! It is his perfectly divine attributes on display for us! 
  • (Manifest = made apparent)
  • Proof of this is found in Isaiah 6:1-3

God’s presence – God’s Glory

  • Read Exodus 33:7-23 – The presence of God provided rest and blessings
    • Moses wanted to see God’s glory and experience God’s goodness.

He made all things to declare His glory!

  • The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament sheweth his handywork.” – Ps. 19:1
  • “God came from Teman, and the Holy One from mount Paran. Selah. His glory covered the heavens, and the earth was full of his praise.” – Habakkuk 3:3
  • “…his glory is above the earth and heaven.”Psalm 148:13

God will not give up His glory!

  • I am the Lord: that is my name: and my glory will I not give to another, neither my praise to graven images.” – Isaiah 42:8

He gave us Jesus to manifest His glory!

  • (4) ‘In whom (the lost) the god of this world (Satan) hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them. (6) For God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, hath shined in our hearts, to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.” 2 Cor. 4:4,6
  • Jesus, the brightness of the Father’s glory Heb 1:3
  • Jesus is crowned with glory – Hebrews 2:7-9
  • Jesus entered into His glory (Luke 24:26) which is a picture of the resurrection (1 Peter 1:11)
  • Jesus is coming back in glory – Matt 16:27, 24:30

How do we respond to God’s glory?

  • The purpose of our life is for the world to look at us and say, God is glorious…it is not us!
  • Declare God’s glory – Psalm 96:3, 7, 8

Let Christ’s light shine – do good works

  • “Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.” Matt 5:16

Don’t seek our own glory

  • It is not good to eat much honey: so for men to search their own glory is not glory.” – Prov. 25:27

Glory in knowing God

  • “Thus saith the Lord, Let not the wise man glory in his wisdom, neither let the mighty man glory in his might, let not the rich man glory in his riches: But let him that glorieth glory in this, that he understandeth and knoweth me (God), that I am the Lord which exercises lovingkindness, judgment, and righteousness in the earth: for these things I delight, saith the Lord.” Jer 9:23-24

Do all things to glorify God

  • “Whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God.”1 Cor. 10:31

Remember that we were created for God’s glory

“Even every one that is called by my name: for I have created him for my glory, I have formed him; yea, I have made him.” – Isaiah 43:7



The Why

God’s Glory

  • And it came to pass, as Aaron spake unto the unto the whole congregation of the children of Israel, that they looked toward the wilderness, and, behold, the glory of the Lordappeared in the cloud.” – Exodus 16:10
  • 1 Chronicles 16:10, 24-29
    • ( 10) –glorymeans to rave, celebrate
    • ( 24, 28, 29) – glorymeans to have splendor and honor
    • ( 27) –glorymeans beauty, comeliness, and excellency

God’s glory feared

  • “And ye said, Behold, The Lord our God hath shewed us his glory and his greatness, and we have heard his voice out of the midst of the fire: we have seen this day that God doth talk with man, and he liveth. Now therefore why should we die? For this great fire will consume us: if we hear the voice of the Lord our God any more, then we shall die.” – Deuteronomy 5:24-25

OT saints lost without God’s Glory

  • “And she named the child Ichabod, saying, The glory is departed from Israel: because the ark of God was taken, and because of her father in law and her husband.” 1 Samuel 4:21

Whywere we created?

  1. To glorify God“Even everyone that is called by my (God’s) name: for I have created him for my glory, I have formed him; yea, I have made him.” – Isaiah 43:7 (glory = splendor/honor)

“Whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God.”  – 1 Cor. 10:31

(glory = honor, praise and worship)

  1. To do good works“For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.” – Ephesians 2:10

Doing what we were created to do glorifies God– 1 Peter 4:7-11

  • Be sober and pray!
  • Have fervent charity in the church!
    • Charity = love in action
  • Give willful hospitality…don’t do things bitterly!
    • God loves a cheerful giver (2 Cor 9:7)
  • What is the gift given to us that we should minister to others with?
  • “If any man speak, let him speak as the oracles of God; if any man minister, let him do it as of the ability which God giveth: that God in all things may be glorified through Jesus Christ, to whom be praise and dominion for ever and ever. Amen.” (11)(Glorified = to render glorious)

Whyserve, give and love? Because He first loved us!  “We love him, because he first loved us.”1 John 4:19

 



JESUS – Where Hope Began

Jesus’ Sacrifice:

  • The need for a new and better covenant – Hebrews 9:7-13
  • Jesus is the mediator of the new covenant/testament – Hebrews 9:15-18
  • His shed blood is needed in this new testament – Hebrews 9:19-28
  • The sacrifice of Jesus on the cross is the perfect sacrifice “once for all”! – Hebrews 10:10-13
  • Those that receive the gift of eternal life through Christ are perfected forever – Hebrews 10:14
  • Christ’s sacrifice paid our debt of sin and God will not remember our sins anymore – Heb 10:15-18

 

“Never build your case for forgiveness on the idea that God is our Father and He will forgive us because he loves us. That contradicts the revealed truth of God in Jesus Christ. It makes the cross unnecessary, and the redemption ‘much ado about nothing.’  God forgives sin only because of the death of Christ.” – Oswald Chambers

 

What Jesus’ death on the cross does for us:

  • Redeems us…“In whom (Jesus) we have redemption through his blood, even the forgiveness of sins:” – Col. 1:14 (seeGal 3:13 and Titus 2:14) (‘redeem” means to rescue and deliver from the bondage of sin and the penalties of God’s violated law)
  • Reconciles us…”For if, when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, being reconciled, we shall be saved by his life.” – Romans 5:10 (“Reconcile” means to call back into union)
  • “And you, that were sometime alienated and enemies in your mind by wicked works, yet now hath he reconciled.” – Colossians 1:21
  • Justifies us…”Much more then, being now justified by his blood,we shall be saved from wrath through him.” – Romans 5:9 (“Justify” means to pardon or clear from guilt)
  • Our sins are atoned for…”But not only so, but we also joy in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom we have now received the atonement.” – Romans 5:11 (“atone” means to make satisfaction for)

What Jesus’ Resurrection does for us

  • Makes our faith to not be in vain – “And if Christ be not risen, then our preaching is in vain, and your faith is also vain.” – 1 Cor. 15:14
  • Gives us hope – Read 1 Cor. 15:19-26, 51-57

How to respond…

  • Thank God for the Cross!
  • “Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye stedfast, unmovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord.” – 1 Corinthians 15:58
  • Serve, give and love because He first loved us! “We love him, because he first loved us.”1 John 4:19

 



JESUS – His Sacrifice

Christ’s Burden, Beating and Torture – Isaiah 53

  • A man of sorrows…acquainted with grief
    • We often picture Jesus’ life as one that is filled with happy events and pleasant exchanges with the people that He healed, but often times he was a man that retreated alone in prayer. He grieved over people.  He wept for Jerusalem (Luke 19:41) and for the family/friends of Lazarus (John 11:35). His time in the garden is marked with intense agony!
    • Truth– the Christian life is marked with times of great grief as well as great joy! Why should our life be different than Jesus?
  • He was wounded, bruised for our sins and it pleased the Lord to bruise Him/put Him to grief!

His burden on the cross – Psalm 22

  • Forsaken– The sin of the entire world separated God from fellowship with Jesus. God is holy (Isaiah 6:3) and can’t look our sin on his Son. Our sin can separate our fellowship with God also(Isaiah 59:2)
  • His Shame
    • Roman crucifixions were always done in the nude.(See John 19:23)
  • His Thirst
    • The fulfillment of prophecy in Psalm 69:21
    • A reminder of His humanness
  • His Broken Heart
    • Proof of his broken heart was in the water and blood that came out when he was speared.

His Perfect Sacrifice

  • The need for a new and better covenant – Hebrews 9:7-13
  • Jesus is the mediator of the new covenant/testament – Hebrews 9:15-18
  • His shed blood is needed in this new testament – Hebrews 9:19-28
  • Reminder of the old covenant’s flaws – Hebrews 10:1-4
  • The sacrifice of Jesus on the cross is the perfect sacrifice “once for all”! – Hebrews 10:10-13
  • Those that receive the gift of eternal life through Christ are perfected forever – Hebrews 10:14
  • Christ’s sacrifice paid our debt of sin and God will not remember our sins anymore – Hebrews 10:15-18

How should this affect us?

  • Draw near to God – Hebrews 10:22
  • Hold the faith – Hebrews 10:23
  • Encourage other to love and good works – Hebrews 10: 24
  • Keep church a priority – Hebrews 10:25
  • Live righteously – 1 Peter 2:21-24

Why serve, give and love? Because He first loved us!  “We love him, because he first loved us.”1 John 4:19



JESUS – Betrayed

Who was Judas?

  • Son of Simon – John 6:71
  • Had power from Jesus to heal the sick and cast out unclean spirits – Matthew 10:1-4
  • In the Greek language, the name for Judas (Ioudas) and the name for the Jews (Ioudaios) are similar which couldlead us to believe that Judas is a symbol for Jewish people who rejected Christ!

Was Judas a child of God?

  • Jesus said that it was good if he wasn’t born –Matthew 26:24, Mark 14:21, and Luke 22:22
  • Satan entered “in” or “into” Judas
    • Then entered Satan into Judassurnamed Iscariot, being of the number of the twelve.” – Luke 22:3 (also see John 13:27)
    • “And supper being ended, the devil having now put into the heartof Judas Iscariot, Simon’s son, to betray him:” – John 13:2
  • Question – Can Satan enter into a believer?
  • Jesus said that he lost none, except the son of perdition (Judas) – John 17:12
  • “Jesus answered them, Have I not chosen you twelve, and one of you is a devil?”John 6:70
  • “For he knew who should betray him;therefore said he, Ye are not all clean.” – John 13:11

Did Jesus grant permission to Judas to betray Him?

  • “…Then said Jesus unto him, That thou doest, do quickly.” – John 13:27 (This Means Judascould do nothing to Jesus that He didn’t allow him to do. Just as the devil couldn’t do anything to Job that God didn’t allow Him to do,God set the perimeters)

Judas’ Admission of Guilt

  • Matthew 27:1-4 – “…(4) Saying, I have sinned in that I have betrayed the innocent blood…”

Betrayed with a Kiss

  • “ And forthwith he came to Jesus, and said, Hail, master; and kissed him.” – Matthew 26:49
  • Also see Luke 22:47-48 andMark 14:45
  • What did this type of kiss represent?

The Garden of Gethsemane

  • Gethsemane means, “oil-press”, its the name of an olive-yard at the foot of the Mount of Olives.
  • In the garden, Jesus was ‘pressed” with agony of soul and the presence of satanic attack. Use the Word of God, when attacked by Satan

The betrayal prophesied

  • Compare Zechariah 11:12-13with Matthew 26:14-16 – the price negotiated
  • Compare Exodus 21:32with Philippians 2:7and 1 Peter 2:4about the 30 pieces of silver
    • The One who is priceless was bargained for like cattle! (Like sheep to the slaughter – Is 53:7). Jesus went to the cross as a servant!

Jesus went to the cross willinglyGalatians 1:4

Why serve, give and love? Because He first loved us!  “We love him, because he first loved us.”1 John 4:19



JESUS – His Prayers

The Hour is come!

  • “And Jesus answered them, saying, The hour is come, that the Son of man should be glorified.”– John 12:23
  • “Now is my (Jesus) soul troubled; and what shall I say? Father, save me from this hour: but for this cause came I unto this hour.” – John 12:27
  • “Behold, the hour cometh, yea, is now come, that ye shall be scattered, every man to his own, and shall leave me alone: and yet I am not alone, because the Father is with me. These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.” – John 16:32-33
  • The benefit of having God always with you!
  1. Peace!
  2. Knowing that we can have victory!
  • These words spake Jesus, and lifted up his eyes to heaven, and said, Father, the hour is come; glorify thy Son, that thy Son also may glorify thee.”– John 17:1

 

 

The Prayers of Jesus

  • John 17:1-5 – Jesus’ Prayers for Himself
    • The prayer of glorification (glorify Jesus and Jesus to glorify the Father)
    • Glorify= “To praise; to magnify and honor in worship; to ascribe honor to, in thought or words.”– 1828 Webster’s
    • Jesus had His glory ALWAYS!
    • Jesus deserved the glory:
      • Because He glorified the Father
      • Because He finished his work
    • John 17:6-19 – Jesus’ Prayers for His Disciples
      • That they will be kept, as Jesus kept them when He was on earth! (Judas was the only disciple (of the 12) that was lost)
      • That they will have oneness (unity)
      • To keep them from evil
      • To sanctify (cleanse) with truth!
    • John 17: 20-26 – Jesus’ Prayers for Believers
      • That the world would believe in Jesus by seeing their unity!
      • To understand the glory that has been given to us!
      • To know that Jesus is always with us!
        • “Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world. Amen. – Matthew 28:20


JESUS – His Miracles

Some of Jesus’ Miracles (37 mentioned in gospels)

  • Water to wine: John 2:1-11
  • Healing of Nobleman’s son: John 4:43-54
  • Unclean spirits: Mark 1:21-27, Luke 4:31-36
  • Peter’s Mother in Law: Matt 8:14-15, Mk 1:29-31
  • The sick at evening: Matt 8:16-17, Mark 1:32-34
  • Catch of Fish: Luke 5:1-11
  • Man with Leprosy: Mt 8:1-4, Mk 1:40-45, Lk 5:12
  • Centurion’s servant: Matt 8:5-13, Luke 7:1-10
  • Paralytic: Matt 8:5-13, Luke 7:1-10
  • Man with withered hand: Matt 12:9-14, Mark 3:1-6
  • Widow’s son:Luke 7:11-17
  • Calms the storm: Matt 8:23-27, Mark 4:35-41
  • Demons into pigs: Matt 8:28-33, Mark 5:1-20
  • Woman in crowd: Matt 9:20-22, Mark 5:25-34
  • Jarius’ daughter: Matt 9:18, 23-26
  • Two Blind men: Matt 9:27-31
  • Mute healed:Matt 9:32-34
  • Man with leprosy: Luke 5:12-16
  • Feeding 5,000: Matt 14:13-21, Mark 6:30-44
  • Walks on Water: Matt 14:22-33, Mark 6:45-52
  • Sick healed:Matt 14:34-36, Mark 6:53-56
  • Demon possessed girl: Matt 15:21-28
  • Deaf, mute man healed: Mark 7:31-37

Miracles:

  • Show the works of God“Jesus answered, Neither this man sinned, nor his parents: but that the works of God should be made manifest in him.” – John 9:3
  • Show the deity of Christ“If I (Jesus) do not the works of my Father, believe me not. But if I do, though ye believe not me, believe the works: that ye may know, and believe, that the Father is in me, and I in him. -John 10:37-38
  • Help Grow our Faith!And many other signs truly did Jesus in the presence of his disciples, which are not written in this book: But these are written, that ye might believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God; and that believing ye might have life through his name.” – John 20:30-31
  • Show God’s love for us and His amazing power!

Focus on Jesus, not His miracles!  

  • “You may go deeper into Jesus, but you’ll never go beyond Him. Believe in miracles but trust in Jesus!”  – Dr. Adrian Rogers
  • While Jesus was ministering, people focused on the miracles more than Him! – “And a great multitude followed him, because they saw his miracles which he did on them that were diseased.” – John 6:2

Your Story of God’s grace!

  • Each of us has a story of God’s grace that is nothing short of miraculous! – SHARE IT!

 

Why serve, give and love? Because He first loved us!  “We love him, because he first loved us.”1 John 4:19



JESUS – His Nature

Jesus has always been God and will always be God!

  • “Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son, and they shall call his name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us.” Matthew 1:23
  • “But unto the Son he saith, Thy throne, O God, is for ever and ever: a sceptre of righteousness is the sceptre of thy kingdom.” – Hebrews 1:8
  • “And Thomas answered and said unto him, My Lord and my God.– John 20:28
  • I and my Father are one”– John 10:30
  • “Before the mountains were brought forth, or ever thou hadst formed the earth, and the world, even from everlasting to everlasting, thou art God.– Psalm 90:2
  • And he (Jesus) is before all things, and by him all things consist.” – Colossians 1:17

Yet, many claim that Jesus is not God!  They will say that He was a prophet, a good man, or the son of God, but not God the Son!

What are we to do?

  • “Try” the spirits – Read 1 John 1:1-4
    • Try = to test or approve
  • Believe that Jesus is God (same as God the Father and Holy Spirit) – Read 1 John 5:1-12

Jesus’ Omnipotence

  • “I am the Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the ending, saith the Lord, which is, and which was, and which is to come, the Almighty1:8
  • “Who being the brightness of his glory, and the express image of his person, and upholding all things by the word of his power, when he had by himself purged our sins, sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high;“- Hebrews 1:3

Jesus’ Omniscience

  • “And Jesus knowing their thoughts said, Wherefore think ye evil in your hearts?” –Matt 9:4
  • “Nathaniel saith unto him, whence knowest thou me? Jesus answered and said unto him, before that Philip called thee, when thou wast under the fig tree, I saw thee.” – John 1:48
  • The woman at the well –John 4:1-26

Jesus’ Omnipresence

  • “Whither shall I go from thy spirit? Or whither shall I flee from thy presence? If I ascend up into heaven, thou art there: if I make my bed in hell, behold, thou art there. If I take the wings of morning, and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea; Even there shall thy hand lead me, and thy right hand shall hold me.” Psalm 139:7-10

Jesus is God but He humbled Himself

  • Read Philippians 2:1-11

Why serve, give and love? Because He first loved us!  

“We love him, because he first loved us.”1 John 4:19



JESUS His Prophecies and His Promises

There are around 400 prophecies in the OT that speak of Jesus!  Here are a few…

  • The Messiah would bring a new covenant – Jeremiah 31:31
  • The Messiah would be forsaken and beaten – Psalm 22:1-18
  • The Messiah would be the rejected cornerstone – Psalm 118:22
  • The Messiah would be born of a virgin –Is 7:14
  • The Messiah would be pierced – Zechariah 12:10
  • The Messiah would ride on a donkey – Zech 9:9
  • The Messiah would be betrayed for 30 pieces of silver – Zechariah 11:12—13
  • The Messiah would be a willing sacrifice – 22:1-18
  • The Messiah will be born in Bethlehem- Micah 5:2
  • The Messiah would be preceded by a messenger – Malachi 3:1
  • The Messiah would be despised, rejected, and slaughtered– Isaiah 53
  • The Resurrection – Genesis 22:4, Hosea 6:1-2
  • The destruction of Jerusalem – Micah 3:12
  • Did all of these things happen? Yes or No?

How does this affect us?

  • Since God’s prophecies about Jesus were true back then, we can trust God’s promises now!
    • “Sanctify them through they truth: thy word is truth.” – John 17:17
    • “Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.”John 14:6
  • We have the Truth to believe in!

Some of Jesus’ Promises

  • Whoever believes in Jesus is not condemned and has eternal life – John 3:15-18
  • He will satisfy you and never lose you – John 6:30-40
  • He gives us eternal life – John 6:40, 44, 51. 57-58
  • He is preparing a place for us – John 14:1-3
  • We will be able to do greater works than Jesus – John 14:12
  • Our prayers will be answered– John 14:12-14
  • The Holy Spirit will abide with you forever – John 14:16
  • He won’t leave us comfortless – John 14:18
  • He will give you peace – John 14:27
  • He is coming back for us – Matthew 24:44
  • Nothing is impossible with faith in Him – Matthew 17:20
  • The gates of hell will not prevail against His church – Matthew 16:18
  • In Christ – you can find rest – Matthew 11:28