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The beauty of God s holiness expounded by Sproul compels me to fear and draws me to worship One of the most impacting books I ve ever read Favorite quotes The moment Jesus was slain, the instant the Just One died for the unjust, the veil in the temple was torn, The presence of God became accessible to us For the Christian the No Access sign was removed from the gates of paradise e ay now walk freely on holy ground We have access to His grace, but even , we have access to Him Justified people need no longer say to the Holy One, Depart from me, for I am a sinful man I am sure that the reason I have a deep hunger to learn of the holiness of God is precisely because I am not holy I am a profane man a man who spends time out of the temple than in it But I have had just enough of a taste of the majesty of God to want I know what it means to be a forgiven man and what it means to be sent on a mission My soul cries for My soul needs. Wow I can honestly say this has been one of the most impactful books I have read to date Sproul has a true gift of storytelling with purpose and beauty He incorporates history and psychology along with biblical narratives to reveal different aspects of God s holiness I am walking away with a much comprehensive understanding of the perfection of God s character, the depths of my sin, and how that makes His grace an unfathomable gift. #FREE PDF é The Holiness of God ⚨ Central To God S Character Is The Quality Of Holiness Yet, Even So, Most People Are Hard Pressed To Define What God S Holiness Precisely Is Many Preachers Today Avoid The Topic Altogether Because People Today Don T Quite Know What To Do With Words Like Awe Or Fear R C Sproul, In This Classic Work, Puts The Holiness Of God In Its Proper And Central Place In The Christian Life He Paints An Awe Inspiring Vision Of God That Encourages Christian To Become Holy Just As God Is Holy Once You Encounter The Holiness Of God, Your Life Will Never Be The Same Holiness, as Sproul writes, is a difficult concept for humans to understand and define It is best understood by experience or by story Sproul does attempt to define it, but it is best truly understood by stories, anecdotes, and analogy.To this end, most of the book is Sproul examining personal stories that demonstrate holiness, but importantly, and extensively, he looks at the Bible to show what Scripture has to say about holiness.Early on he looks at the Lord s Prayer, and notes that when we say it we often confuse the words hallowed be your name with part of the address, as if the words were hallowed is your name In that case the words would merely be an ascription of praise to God But that is not how Jesus said it He uttered it as a petition, as the first petition We should be praying that God s name be hallowed, that God be regarded as holy Yes, the Lord s name is holy, but the prayer is primarily a petition that God s name be treated as holy This emphasis is significant in that it sets the whole tone of the book The holiness of God is not something to be taken lightly or irreverently As Sproul later shows, God is holy and his holiness is a consuming fire Even Moses was too unholy to see than the back of God through the crack of a rock This is a shocking thing, when one ponders it.Some of the most helpful parts of the book are Sproul s examination of the deaths of Nahab, Abihu, and Uzza They all died because they broke the law of God in rebellious, public ways God struck Nahab and Abihu dead for offering strange fire Sproul shows the true rebellious nature of their sin He also shows the casual nature the ark of God was treated by Uzza and his throng as they transported it Uzza s touching it was the culmination of a heinous sin, not a simple slip of his hand.It is one thing to be shocked by these stories, but another to stands as God s judge because of them These are shocking things because God is holy and we are not We rarely understand the meaning of this We must bow the knee and worship, not place ourselves as the judge of God s actions or character.Another very helpful passage was Sproul s treatment of the Rich Young Ruler who claims to have kept all the laws of God Jesus tells him to go and sell all you possess and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven and come, follow Me As Sproul notes, this is a frequently misunderstood passage Many use it as an example to show that we should get rid of all private property Many others show rather, that the Rich Young Ruler is unwilling to give up an idol his riches This is true, but Sproul helpfully frames this in the context of the Ten Commandments He writes If we speculate and try to get into the secret recesses of Jesus mind, we can imagine a thought process that went something like this Oh, you have kept all the commandments since you were a child Well, let s see What is the first commandment Oh, yes, You shall have no other gods before me Let s see how you do with that one Jesus put him to the test If anything in the rich man s life came before God, it was his money Jesus set the challenge precisely at this point, at the point of the man s obedience to commandment number one Go, sell all that you have What did the man do How did he handle his only blemish He walked away sorrowfully, for he had great possessions The man was put to the test of the Ten Commandments, and he flunked out after the first question The point of this narrative is not to lay down a law that a Christian must get rid of all private property The point is for us to understand what obedience is and what goodness actually requires Jesus called the man s bluff, and the man folded I suppose this is not a radical insight, but it is one that I d missed in my reading This is the kind of thing found throughout the book I highly recommend it particularly to young readers, as it is not a difficult to understand book, but it is often difficult to read as it puts man in his place. so I ve read listened and reread relistened to bunches and bits of this multiple times as I ve picked it up and put it down multiple times And as many times as I ve listened to parts, long and short, I think I ve had that many impressions of it I ve had moments of awe and moments of great or small ah ha and moments of frustration Some of these impressions are related to my mood rather than the content But some of them, good and bad, are of course directly tied to the material At some point I m sure I ll actually finish this maybe even at some sooner rather than later time but wanted to note an issue that I was surprised to hear and that has leaped to mind on just about every occasion I listened to this particular part I don t recall which chapter it is in, but there is a part during his discussion of the necessary distinction and frequent confusion people have between justice and mercy In this part, Sproul recounts an early sermon he preached during a preaching class in seminary in which he talked about God s neverending grace or mercy Following this sermon, his prof criticized this professed concept, asking Sproul where in scripture he found this mentioned Sproul then goes on to say that it had resounded with him from a hymn, and he learned his lesson here, that nowhere in scripture in God s Word to us does it say that God s mercy is unending eternal And part of me says, I get it, especially in contrast to some voices who would maintain that we are free to do whatever without consequence because of God s forgiveness check out Romans 6 for a great response to this argument But another part of me says, Hey, wait a sec what about Psalm 136 in which literally every other line is God s mercy lovingkindness lasts forever Now it s possible I m missing a distinction in meaning in the original languages, but I would love to hear that addressed Anyway, this is but one point in the whole I would say my moments of wow have come in Sproul s way of getting at the unfathomable greatness of the Creator of all things My negative reactions have come at times because of what seemed some oversimplifications of concepts and some examples that to me seemed to go too far off track But they ve also come in that sometimes he seems to make it too hard or horrible for a person to come close to the greatness that is God My own difficulties here are at this moment reminding me of Paul s heartcry at the end of Romans 7, Wretched man that I am Who will deliver me from this body of death Thanks be to God through Jesus Christ our Lord although in some ways, this too goes off in another direction But there is something else here too, and that is, truly, the love of God We do need to be reminded of the true awesomeness of God and how far beyond us He is but He also reminds us over and over of His love and grace and mercy throughout the Bible and through so many revelations in life. This is a must read for any Christian I remember how formative it was for me, and I m glad to have re read it. R C Sproul is becoming on of my favorite authors This book is filled with wisdom If you haven t read it you should. After the Bible, this book should be the first read by any new Christian. I received this book free Having read it I am surprised it is a classic The author covers various passages of Scripture to try and demonstrate the holiness of God He makes some good points especially in relation to those who ask how a God of love can allow suffering send people to Hell He reminds us that we all deserve Hell due to our sin which is an affront to God s holiness and that it is only by God s grace that we are saved through faith Although the book is biblically sound I found it hard going and a bit disjointed Some of the chapters seemed to have been added randomly The book just doesn t flow very well as a read through but it might be useful for reference.Recommended for Christian readers who want to understand God s holiness. According to Francis Bacon, Some books are to be tasted, others to be swallowed, and some few to be chewed and digested This book is in the third category it is so rich and full in its insight into the holiness of God that I can t possibly get everything out of it in one reading, or even multiple readings Sproul is not afraid to confront the challenging passages in Scripture, and he does it with a clear logic and excellent writing He s also a pastor you can tell he genuinely cares for the message he s preaching and the people he s preaching to This is spiritual meat of the highest quality, and I could tell I was hungry for it because I devoured it and am looking forward to reading it again.