- Paperback: 240 pages
- Publisher: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.; 2nd Revised, Expanded ed. edition (July 1, 2000)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0842339655
- ISBN-13: 978-0842339650
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.4 x 8.2 inches
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- Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (274 customer reviews)
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Every Christian who is serious about his or her growth needs to read The Holiness of God. I profited greatly from this book. (Jerry Bridges, author of The Pursuit of Holiness)
When I first heard R. C. Sproul’s teaching on the holiness of God, it brought me face-to-face with the awful splendor of God’s majestic holiness in a new and fresh way. I was smitten with the realization that holiness is not merely a peripheral attribute of God; it is at the core of all He is and does. I realized then that this was precisely the message the church of our generation urgently needed―and still needs today. Nearly a decade after I first heard this series, the message still challenges my thinking and rekindles my heart. (John MacArthur, pastor of Grace Community Church in Sun Valley, California)
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Are you intrigued by God’s holiness, or are you terrified?
Encountering God’s holy presence, R. C. Sproul argues, is a terrifying experience and the only way to cure our propensity to trust in ourselves and our own righteousness for salvation. In The Holiness of God, one of the classic theological works of our time, you will gain a better understanding of how having a biblical picture of God’s holiness is foundational to God-honoring theology and Christian living.
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We often hear many talk about how God is love, yet why do fewer ever speak of His holiness and justice? The Holiness of God reminds me yet again that my salvation (through Christ's propitiatory death) is an act of mercy and grace by God (not an obligation), since His absolute holiness demands only justice for my sins. Dr. Sproul helps readers dig deeper beneath a superficial surface of what it means that God is holy--bringing us into a deeper understanding and love of who God is, a greater awe for His absolute holiness, and reverence in worship. As the famous Reformed preacher Jonathan Edwards once wrote: "A true love of God must begin with a delight in his holiness, and not with a delight in any other attribute; for no other attribute is truly lovely without this."
One of my favorite chapters carries an intriguing title: The Trauma of Holiness. Why and how does holiness invoke trauma? Many other religions have invented god(s) who brought only comfort. Even Sigmund Freud espoused the theory that people invent "god(s)" to help them deal with scary things, to serve as a "crutch," so to speak. In this book Sproul draws a contrast by demonstrating how the one and only true God has certain characteristics distinct from those that would normally be attributed by the common man. Our true God possesses a uniqueness (an awesome "otherness"). After Jesus miraculously calmed the storm in the Sea of Galilee, the disciples felt uncomfortable and terrified (yes, terrified) upon realizing that they, in their sinfulness, were in the presence of the Holy One. What a contrast to those popular man-made ideas of God invented only to bring comfort!
This book helps us to see better the God who is--who not only brings comfort in time of need, invokes our adoration and praise, but also in whose Holy presence drives us to our knees in reverential worship.
RC Sproul has a wonderful grasp on the Holiness of God. This book is a must read for any Christian who is serious about furthering his or her walk with the Lord. Holiness is not a topic that is preached on, and that is unfortunate, because the Bible tells us that without holiness "no man shall see the Lord." Dr. Sproul's work is compelling, yet easy to understand. I highly recommend this book, and I am willing to discuss it in more detail, so feel free to send me an email.
It is THAT central. As Sproul goes on to say:
“Only once in sacred Scripture is an attribute of God elevated to the third degree. Only once is a characteristic of God mentioned three times in succession. The Bible says that God is holy, holy, holy. Not that he is merely holy, or even holy, holy. He is holy, holy, holy.”
But what is holiness? Sproul breaks it into two definitions: The first refers to holiness to mean purity or cleanliness; the second means to be set apart. To be other. Sproul uses this second definition primarily in how we are to understand God’s holiness. To say that God is holy is to say that He is “transcendentally other.” It is not a mere attribute of God, or just another adjective describing what He is like. Holiness is a synonym of the deity of God.
Sproul discusses what happens then when mortal man comes in contact with this caliber of a God. He describes the complete “woe is me” brokenness of the prophet Isaiah expressed when his sinful being was brought into the presence of the Holy One. He discusses the intrusiveness and hostility felt by Peter when the Holy Christ got too close causing him to exclaim: “Leave me!” Sproul even discusses the hatred we naturally feel against the “unreasonableness” of a holy God.
But through it all, the gospel is not absent. If God is indeed a Holy God of justice there is no way man can escape the righteous fury of His wrath directed towards all sin, both yours and mine. But God made a way. Through Christ the just will now live by faith, and we await the full transformation of that declaration when we will one day glorified. The reality of the holiness of God only makes that gospel message THAT much more magnificent, “For if while we were enemies we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, now that we are reconciled, shall we be saved by his life” (Romans 5:10).
I love this book. Sproul, with his vast wealth of philosophical and Biblical knowledge, does a great job of tying in stories and from the past to theological themes. He also has a teacher’s way of bringing the fruit on the top of the tree down for the rest of us to enjoy. I recommend this book wholeheartedly to anyone who wants to learn more about God as He really is.