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. 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
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
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
The love of God is one of the great realities of the universe, a pillar upon which the hope of the world rests. But it is a personal, intimate thing, too. God does not love populations, He loves people. He loves not masses, but men. He loves us all with a mighty love that has no beginning and can have no end.
– A.W.Tozer; Knowledge of the Holy; Kindle Version; Page 81
We do not know, and we may never know, what love is, but we can know how it manifests itself, and that is enough for us here. First we see it showing itself as good will. Love wills the good of all and never wills harm or evil to any. This explains the words of the apostle John: “There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear.” (I John 4:18)
– A.W.Tozer; Knowledge of the Holy; Kindle Version; Page 79
The words “God is love” mean that love is an essential attribute of God. Love is something true of God but it is not God. It expresses the way God is in His unitary being, as do the words holiness, justice, faithfulness and truth. Because God is immutable He always acts like Himself, and because He is a unity He never suspends one of His attributes in order to exercise another.
– A.W.Tozer; Knowledge of the Holy; Kindle Version; Page 78