The Origin of Sin Is Elusive

While a complete explanation of the origin of sin eludes us, there are a few things we do know.  In His sovereign wisdom God has permitted evil to exist in carefully restricted areas of His creation, a kind of fugitive outlaw whose activities are temporary and limited in scope.  In doing this God has acted according to His infinite wisdom and goodness.  More than that no one knows at present; and more than that no one needs to know.  The name of God is sufficient guarantee of the perfection of His works.

– A.W.Tozer; Knowledge of the Holy; Kindle Version; Page 88

Even When We Can’t Change

When God enables us to connect with the truth of how he loves us just as we are, even when we can’t change, our responding joy in worship can be the fuel that propels us onward to do the hard and potentially discouraging work of taking a good long look at our hearts and coming up with creative ways to change.

– Duguid, Barbara; Extravagant Grace: God’s Glory Displayed in our Weakness; P&R Publishing; Philipsburg, NJ; copyright 2013; Page 175

Unqualified Freedom Requires a Vigorous Effort of the Mind

To grasp the idea of unqualified freedom requires a vigorous effort of the mind.  We are not psychologically conditioned to understand freedom except in its imperfect forms.  Our concepts of it have been shaped in a world where no absolute freedom exists.  Here each natural object is dependent upon many other objects, and that dependence limits its freedom.

– A.W.Tozer; Knowledge of the Holy; Kindle Version; Page 87

Acclimating Ourselves to the Fellowship of the Saints

By faith and obedience, by constant meditation on the holiness of God, by loving righteousness and hating iniquity, by a growing acquaintance with the Spirit of holiness, we can acclimate ourselves to the fellowship of the saints on earth and prepare ourselves for the eternal companionship of God and saints above.  Thus, as they say when humble believers meet, we will have a heaven to go to heaven in.

– A.W.Tozer; Knowledge of the Holy; Kindle Version; Page 86

Holy Is the Way God Is

Holy is the way God is.  To be holy He does not confirm to a standard.  He is that standard.  He is absolutely holy with an infinite, incomprehensible fullness of purity that is incapable of being other than it is.  Because He is holy; that is, whatever we think of as belonging to God must be thought of as holy.  God is holy and He has made holiness the moral condition necessary to the health of His universe.  Sin’s temporary presence in the world only accents this.  Whatever is holy is healthy; evil is a moral sickness that must end ultimately in death.

– A.W.Tozer; Knowledge of the Holy; Kindle Version; Page 85

We Can’t Even Imagine It

God’s holiness is not simply the best we know infinitely bettered.  We know nothing like the divine holiness.  It stands apart, unique, unapproachable, incomprehensible and unattainable.  The natural man is blind to it.  We may fear God’s power and admire His wisdom, but His holiness we cannot even imagine.

– A.W.Tozer; Knowledge of the Holy; Kindle Version; Page 83-84

We Must See Ourselves as God Sees Us for Things to get Better

Until we have seen ourselves as God sees us, we are not likely to be much disturbed over conditions around us as long as they do not get so far out of hand as to threaten our comfortable way of life.  We have learned to live with unholiness and have come to look upon it as the natural and expected thing.

– A.W.Tozer; Knowledge of the Holy; Kindle Version; Page 83