- Paperback: 240 pages
- Publisher: Tyndale Momentum; 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 8.1 inches
- Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 332 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #26,540 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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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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.
It had thought provoking aspects to it, and also showed more of God's nature of holiness than I considered before reading this book. Some of the aspects of His holiness might kind of shock some readers that are not that familiar with the bible. But, sometimes I think we need to be shocked a bit out of our complacency about God, while still being guided and instructed in a biblical and godly way. This book does that well. I thought the ending of it was a little abrupt, though. I do recommend the book to those wanting to know more about this particular subject, especially if they have done little to consider God's holiness.
But, I do want to say it is not nearly as enthralling, well thought out, and organized as Sproul's "Chosen By God", which I would give 5 stars. "Chosen By God" is an excellent book that anyone, who has any interest at all in truly understanding election and predestination, would get so much out of and enjoy. Those topics aren't scary. They are beautiful! Check it out! :-)
Most people who believe in God seem well aware that God is a God of love. But what many don't seem to realize is that God is also holy. R. C. Sproul goes to great lengths to explain this in detail. If you have ever been confused as to why a loving God would create hell then you have probably rarely considered that God is holy beyond our limited imaginations. This book seeks to make you feel at peace with the holiness of God.
This is probably one of R.C. Sproul's most creative books. The start at least is very compelling. I also feel R.C. Sproul is one of the deepest thinkers of our time. He argues his points so well it is almost an art. By reading this book you will learn a lot about justice and mercy. By the end of this book you will be convinced that we all deserve hell and it is only by God's grace that we can avoid going there.
So this is a book I can recommend to anyone who only thinks God is love and has yet to consider the seriousness of God being holy too.
~The Rebecca Review
The main reason there are so many professing Christians who don't subscribe the the Total Depravity of fallen mankind, is because they have no grasp of the holiness of God. So many seem to think that God is merely a bigger, better version of ourselves. This is not only utterly wrong and backward, it's blasphemous. Granted, I understand that we all grow at different rates, and some of us get really stunted in our growth, possibly forever remaining theological midgets our entire lives. Certain types of denominations seem to inadvertently make that a priority, in not teaching their disciples HOW to think in the first place, and in majoring on the minors and minoring on the majors. They're too busy with having "seeker sensitive" churches that the world won't find offensive, weird, and uncool, that they end up being man-centered rather than Christ-centered, and they eventually lose contact with the Head, becoming a hollow form that appears ... in some very weak fashion ... as pious, but is really dead.
One of my favourite points in the book is the account concerning Uzzah, who steadied the ark from falling to the ground, and was instantly struck dead by God. I won't give it away. Read (or listen to) it for yourself and discover why it was justified.