If God is to be Believed at All…

The tragedy for us is that in spite of the clear warnings of Scripture and of Jesus’ sober teaching on this subject, we continue to be at ease about the future punishment of the wicked.  If God is to be believed at all, we must face the awful truth that someday His furious wrath will be poured out.

– R.C. Sproul, The Holiness of God, Tyndale House Publishers, Carol Stream, Ill., Copyright 1985, Kindle Edition

Three Key Points About God’s Wrath We Dare Not Overlook

In the application section of the sermon (“Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God”), [Jonathan] Edwards places great stress on the nature and severity of God’s wrath.  Central to his thinking is the clear notion that a holy God must also be a wrathful God.  He lists several key points about God’s wrath that we dare not overlook.

  1. God’s wrath is divine.  The wrath of which Edwards preached was the wrath of an infinite God.  He contrasts God’s wrath with human anger or the wrath of a king for his subject.  Human wrath terminates.  It has an ending point.  It is limited.  God’s wrath can go on forever.
  2. God’s wrath is fierce.  The Bible repeatedly likens God’s wrath to a winepress of fierceness.  In Hell there is no moderation or mercy given.  God’s anger is not mere announce or a mild displeasure.  It is a consuming rage against the unrepentant.
  3. God’s wrath is everlasting. There is no end to the anger of God directed against those in hell.  If we had any compassion for other people, we should wail at the thought of a single one of them falling into the pit of hell.

– R.C. Sproul, The Holiness of God, Tyndale House Publishers, Carol Stream, Ill., Copyright 1985, Kindle Edition

These Things Can Hardly Be Pleasing

If we think soberly for five seconds, we must see our error.  If God is holy at all, if God has an ounce of justice in His character, indeed if God exists as God, how could He possibly be anything else but angry with us?  We violate His holiness; we insult His justice; we make light of His grace.  These things can hardly please Him.

– R.C. Sproul, The Holiness of God, Tyndale House Publishers, Carol Stream, Ill., Copyright 1985, Kindle Edition

How Do We Come By a True Transformation?

True transformation comes by gaining a new understanding of God, ourselves and the world.  What we are after ultimately is to be conformed to the image of Christ.  We are to be like Jesus, though not in the sense that we can ever gain deity.  We are not god-men.  But our humanity is to mirror and reflect the perfect humanity of Jesus.  A tall order!

– R.C. Sproul, The Holiness of God, Tyndale House Publishers, Carol Stream, Ill., Copyright 1985, Kindle Edition

What Does the Living Sacrifice (Romans 12:1-2) Look Like?

What does the living sacrifice look like (Romans 12:1-2)?  Paul first descibes it in terms of nonconfomity.  “Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world.”  Here is the point at which many Christians have gone astray.  It is clear that we are to be nonconformists.  But it is difficult to understand precisely what kind of nonconformity is called for.  Nonconformity is a trickly matter and can easily be reduced to superficiality.

– R.C. Sproul, The Holiness of God, Tyndale House Publishers, Carol Stream, Ill., Copyright 1985, Kindle Edition

Why Does the Bible Call Us “Holy Ones?”

The Bible calls us “holy ones.”  We are holy because we have been consecrated to God.  We have been set apart.  We have been called to a life that is different.  The Christian life is a life of nonconformity.  The idea of nonconformity is expressed in Romans 12:1-2.

– R.C. Sproul, The Holiness of God, Tyndale House Publishers, Carol Stream, Ill., Copyright 1985, Kindle Edition

The Peace of Justification is Not Only External

The peace of justification is not only external.  The deepest longings for inward peace are also met in Christ.  It was St. Augustine who once prayed, “Thou hast made us for Thyself, and our heart is restless, until it finds its rest in Thee.”  We all know what it means to be stricken with inner restlessness.  We know the gnawing feelings of emptiness and guilt that come from estrangement from God.  Once our peace is established, that awful emptiness filled, and our hearts may be still.

– R.C. Sproul, The Holiness of God, Tyndale House Publishers, Carol Stream, Ill., Copyright 1985, Kindle Edition

Our Peace With God Is Not Fragile

Our peace with God is not fragile, it is stable.  When we sin, God is displeased, and He will move to correct us and convict us of our sin.  But He does not go to war against us.  His bow is no longer bent, and the arrows of His wrath are no longer aimed at our hearts.  He does not rattle His sword every time we break the treaty.

– R.C. Sproul, The Holiness of God, Tyndale House Publishers, Carol Stream, Ill., Copyright 1985, Kindle Edition

Our Stuggle With a Holy God

The struggle we have with a holy God is rooted in the conflict between God’s righteousness and our unrighteousness.  He is just, and we are unjust.  This tension creates fear, hostility and anger within us toward God.  The unjust person does not desire the company of a just judge.  We becomes fugitives, fleeing from the presence of the One whose glory can blind us and whose justice can condemn us.  We are at war with Him unless or until we are justified.  Only the justified person can be comfortable in the presence of a holy God.

– R.C. Sproul, The Holiness of God, Tyndale House Publishers, Carol Stream, Ill., Copyright 1985, Kindle Edition