Some of the best books I have ever read aim directly at my misunderstanding of the God of the Bible. They correct my misapprehension and misconception of the God of the universe. When I can find a biblically-based book that will complement my time in the Word each morning—I grow. I grow in my understanding of God. I grow in my love for Him. And I grow in my gratefulness for His self-disclosure.
Reading just a few pages each day makes for a profitable and pleasurable reading journey. One in which you will be guaranteed growth. In need of such a book?
Let me recommend to you John MacArthur’s None Other: Discovering the God of the Bible. In this little book, MacArthur walks readers through salient subjects such as God’s holiness, sovereignty, and goodness. He deals with important issues like God’s response to evil, taking Him at His word, and His work of salvation.
Here’s an excerpt from the author’s chapter dealing with the holiness of God. A morning meditation, like watching the sun appear upon the coastline:1
We can’t fully understand God’s holiness. But we can understand it much better than we currently do. By and large, the typical evangelical’s understanding of God is pathetically superficial. Too many professing believers think about God in only self-centered and self-indulgent terms, reducing Him to little more than a genie in a lamp. Others are preoccupied with a relational perspective on God. They want Him to be more comfortable and inviting—less of a divine sovereign and more of a casual buddy. Such shallow thinking invites confusion and corruption into the midst of God’s people and perverts their perspective of their holy Lord and Savior.
In fact, today most of the dominant errors in the church spring from a lack of respect and appreciation for God’s holiness. We can do a lot to inoculate ourselves from bad theology and heresy simply by cultivating a biblical perspective on God’s utterly holy nature.
To begin, we need to see His holiness as more than just another attribute. A.A. Hodge said, “The holiness of God is not to be conceived of as one attribute among others; it is rather a general term representing the concept of His consummate perfection and total glory. It is His infinite moral perfection crowning His infinite intelligence and power”… In Isaiah 57:15, the prophet reports, “For thus says the high and exalted One Who lives forever. ‘whose name is Holy.'”
God’s being is utterly separate from ours, and Scripture makes that clear. He is being and we are becoming. The Hebrew word for holiness is qadosh; the Greek is hagios. Both have the connotation of something that is distinct and separate. Therefore, nothing in the creation compares to God in His essential nature. He is wholly other than His creature. He is incomparable. He is infinite perfection.
That is why Exodus 15:11 says, “Who is like You, majestic in holiness?” First Samuel 2:2 says, “There is no one holy like the Lord, indeed, there is no one besides You.” The psalmist says, “Holy and awesome is His name” (Ps. 111:9).