Revealing God: The Holiness of God
Each week we offer some notes of quotes and Scripture references used in the Sunday message. Our hope is that we will use these tools to go deeper into the passage and series. As we journey together through the Bible may we be transformed as a church, and individually, by God’s Word.
Revealing God: The Holiness of God 01.28.2018 Doug Rumschlag
You can listen to Doug’s message here: http://gracetoledo.org/portfolio/revealing-god-holiness-god/
We are embarking on a series of teachings that center on what God reveals of Himself in the Bible. This message will introduce the series, then we will begin with a series of messages centered on the revelation of God in His Word as Father. Sometime near Easter we’ll look at the person of Christ and then we’ll see how God’s Word reveals Him as the Holy Spirit.
“What comes into our minds when we think about God is the most important thing about us.” ~A.W. Tozer
The Holiness Creed developed by Grace out of a series in 2004-2005 on the Holiness of God:
- Holiness is a fundamental truth about God, not an attribute.
- When referring to God, “HOLY”, means incomprehensible uniqueness.
- God is passionate about being seen and know as God.
- This passion is clearly expressed in the incarnation of His Son.
- This incarnation continues in us, the Body of Christ.
“So, this is where we begin. We begin this series on knowing and understanding God, by saying, we can’t know and understand God. He is beyond our comprehension. That is to say, at the outset, we must make peace with the truth that God is beyond us, He is mystery, we cannot break Him down, analyze His parts (attributes) and come away with an answer. While He does reveal Himself, as He so chooses, through His Word and through His Son, He is beyond our figuring out. He is “other” than us. Theologians sometimes refer to God as, deus absconditus, which means “the hidden God”. And so He is! While we are going to look at some amazing ways God reveals Himself to us, we should never expect to fully understand God. He is holy. Tozer again, “Forever God stands apart, in light unapproachable. He is as high above an archangel as above a caterpillar.” ” ~Doug Rumschlag
The message was focused on Romans 11:33-36.
Other passages referred to:
“God cannot learn. To think of God who must sit at the feet of a teacher…is to think of someone other than the Most High God, Maker of heaven and earth. Because God knows all things perfectly, He knows no things better than another thing, but all things equally well. He never discovers anything, He is never surprised, never amazed. He never wonders about anything (except when drawing men out for their own good) nor does He seek information or ask questions.” ~A.W.Tozer
“Not only could His acts not be done better, a better way to do them cannot be imagined.” ~Tozer
“Almighty God, just because He is Almighty, needs no support. So lofty is our opinion of ourselves that we find it quite easy, not to say enjoyable, to believe we are necessary to God. But the truth is, God is not greater for our being. Nor would he be less if we did not exist.” ~Tozer
Doug suggested that we memorize Romans 11:33-36 during this series.
Doug also recommended that we get a copy of The Knowledge of the Holy by A.W.Tozer.