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    Holy, Holy, Holy by Thomas Brooks

    "Who is like You, glorious in holiness?" Exodus 15:11

    God is . . .
    infinitely holy,
    transcendently holy,
    superlatively holy,
    constantly holy,
    unchangeably holy,
    exemplary holy,
    gloriously holy.

    All the holiness that is in the best and choicest
    Christians is but a mixed holiness, a weak and
    imperfect holiness. Their unholiness is always
    more than their holiness.
    Ah, what a great deal . . .
    of pride is mixed with a little humility,
    of unbelief is mixed with a little faith,
    of peevishness is mixed with a little meekness,
    of earthliness is mixed with a little heavenliness,
    of carnality is mixed with a little spirituality,
    of harshness is mixed with a little tenderness!

    Oh, but the holiness of God is a pure holiness, it is
    a holiness without mixture; there is not the least
    drop or the least dreg of unholiness in God! "God
    is light, and in Him is no darkness at all." 1 John 1:5

    In God there is . . .
    all wisdom without any folly,
    all truth without any falsehood,
    all light without any darkness, and
    all holiness without any sinfulness.

    God is universally holy.
    He is holy in all His ways,
    and holy in all His works.
    His precepts are holy precepts,
    His promises are holy promises,
    His threatenings are holy threatenings,
    His love is a holy love,
    His anger is a holy anger,
    His hatred is a holy hatred, etc.

    His nature is holy,
    His attributes are holy,
    His actions are all holy.

    He is holy in sparing;
    and holy in punishing.
    He is holy in justifying of some;
    and holy in condemning of others.
    He is holy in bringing some to heaven;
    and holy in throwing others to hell.

    God is holy . . .
    in all His sayings,
    in all His doings,
    in whatever He puts His hand to,
    in whatever He sets His heart to.
    His frowns are holy,
    His smiles are holy.
    When He gives, His givings are holy giving;
    when He takes away, His takings are holy takings, etc.

    "Holy, holy, holy, is the Lord Almighty!" Isaiah 6:3

    God is eminently holy.
    He is transcendently holy.
    He is superlatively holy.
    He is glorious in holiness.

    There is no fathoming,
    there is no measuring,
    there is no comprehending,
    there is no searching, of that
    infinite sea of holiness, which is in God.
    O sirs! you shall as soon . . .
    stop the sun in its course, and
    change the day into night, and
    raise the dead,
    and make a world, and
    count the stars of heaven, and
    empty the sea with a cockle-shell,
    as you shall be able either to conceive or express
    that transcendent holiness which is in God!

    God's holiness is infinite.
    It can neither be . . .
    limited, nor
    lessened, nor

    God is the spring of all holiness and purity. All that
    holiness which is in angels and men flows from God,
    as the streams from the fountain,
    as the beams from the sun,
    as the branches from the root,
    as the effect from the cause.
    Ministers may pray that their people may be holy,
    parents may pray that their children may be holy;
    but they cannot give holiness, nor communicate
    holiness to their nearest and dearest relations.
    God alone is the giver and the author of all holiness.
    It is only the Holy One who can cause holiness to flow
    into sinners' hearts; it is only He who can form, and
    frame, and infuse holiness into the souls of men.
    A man shall sooner make make a world—than he shall
    make another holy. It is only a holy God, who can . . .
    enlighten the mind, and
    bow the will, and
    melt the heart, and
    raise the affections, and
    purge the conscience, and
    reform the life, and
    put the whole man into a holy gracious temper.

    God is exemplary holy. He is the rule, example, and
    pattern of holiness. "Be holy, as I am holy." 1 Pet. 1:15.
    God's holiness is the copy which we must always have in
    our eye, and endeavor most exactly to write after.

    Posted by John on December 29, 2010 06:34 PM


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