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

God Does Not Love Nations

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 Love and May Never

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

He Always Acts Like Himself

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

This is a Great Error

The apostle John, by the Spirit, wrote “God is love,” and some have taken his words to be a definitive statement concerning the essential nature of God.  This is a great error.  John was by those words stating a fact, but he was not offering a definition.

Equating love to God is a major mistake which has produced much unsound religious philosophy and has brought forth a spate of vaporous poetry completely out of accord with Holy Scriptures and altogether of another climate from that of historic Christianity.

Had the apostle declared that love is what God is, we would be forced to infer that God is what love is.  If literally God is love, then literally love is God, and we are in all duty bound to worship love as the only God there is.  If love is equal to God then God is only equal to love, and God and love are identical.  Thus we destroy the concept of personality in God and deny outright all His attributes save one, and that one we substitute for God.

– A.W.Tozer; Knowledge of the Holy; Kindle Version; Page 78

Because of Christ’s Atoning Death

We who feel ourselves alienated from the fellowship of God can now raise our discouraged heads and look up.  Through the virtues of Christ’s atoning death the cause of our banishment has been removed.  We may return as the Prodigal returned, and be welcome.  As we approach the Garden, our home before the Fall, the flaming sword is withdrawn.  The keepers of the tree of life stands aside when they see a son of grace approaching.

– A.W.Tozer; Knowledge of the Holy; Kindle Version; Page 77