Holiness of God:
God is absolutely separate from creation and transcendent, He is "other than".. He is also absolutely separate from all moral evil and sin. When we speak of God's Holiness we are not actually speaking directly to an attribute. His Holiness is what He is. His Holiness is coextensive with His attributes. This speaks to His perfection, and impeccability. We may best describe this as purity. God is pure in being. This purity of being is priority in that it dictates His will and His acts.. It is from this that all His attributes flow. It is from this that God wills, acts and declares. Example; God wills a thing to be good, Does He will it to be good because it is good or because He decided it was good? If God wills a thing good because it is good, then "good" would be above God Himself in that good is not from God but exists outside of Him. If God wills a thing to be good because He said it is good then God is arbitrary and we have no assurance that God will not change His mind. That which God wills is an expression of what He is, His nature, Purity in being (Holiness). Anything that is not God, is not pure in being therefore God is unmixed or not a part of anything that is less than Himself.
Since God can not be mixed with creation and is pure in being, there is a gulf that is fixed between God and man. God can have nothing to do with moral evil and sin. Isa. 59:2, Hab. 1:13. (note: this verse is saying that God can not look upon sin with approval). There are many verses that says God sees the ways of man. When we say that God can not look upon sin we are saying that He can not approve nor accept it in by any means. Also, He will not acquit those that are guilty, Nah. 1:3. The teaching that God turned His back on Christ is not really accurate. Sin separates us from God. Christ was separated from God because He was made to be sin for us, 2 Cor 5:21. It was this separation that caused Christ to cry out, Why hast thou forsaken me? Mat 27:45-46. Christ knew that the Father God saw Him as sin and understood this separation. In His humanity he cried out, as we must also cry out, "Why have you forsaken me?"
All the attributes of God must be viewed in this sense of purity (absolute perfection, unmixable). When God wills or declares a penalty for a crime against Him, it is none negotiable. There is no plea bargaining. God can not over rule one attribute by another. Justice can not be over ruled by mercy. If this were allowed then God would be arbitrary (changeable) and His Holiness would have no meaning. To say that God weighs our good and bad in order to judge us is to say that God acquits our crimes against Him arbitrarily. Since the penalty is declared from the purity of His being then it is good and not up for debate by creatures. One sin must be punished regardless of all the "good" you do in your life you are still guilty. God's good and Holy Justice must be satisfied. No creature (creation) can satisfy this good and Holy penalty. Man can only approach God through the merits of one that can "mix" with God. And that can only be God himself. The atonement was the love of God satisfied. What His Holy Justice demanded, His Holy Love provided.
Conclusion: If Jesus is not God then God is not purity in being, (Holy). This means you and I are without hope. Man can not come to God on his own merits because God can not "mix" with anything that is not purity in being, (Holy). Therefore God must accept the merits of another, (other than creature), one like unto Himself in purity of being (Holy). Since God can not create a being as Himself, uncreated and unmixed with creation, then the penalty must be paid by God Himself. (Heb 6:13). Unless God has satisfied His own declared Holy penalty for crimes against Him, we are lost and without hope. Jesus paid this penalty and proved it by the resurrection. (Heb. 9:1) The old testament high priest had to enter into the holy of holies twice. Once for himself and then for the people. Christ entered in ONCE and by His OWN blood. Not the blood of creatures. His blood was accepted as the penalty for the sin of His people.
Jesus is God!!!!
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