KNOWING GOD

 

Isaiah 6:1-8

KNOWING GOD’S HOLINESS

Knowing God Series, #3

                  

Pastor Peters is preaching on Knowing God’s Holiness.

What a mismatch.  Pastor Peters and no other preacher is capable of such a task.  God’s holiness, is mostly beyond comprehension.  We can only grasp a small part of it.

Why then should I listen? Even a little understanding of the holiness of God will change your life!

 

But what do we mean when we say, “God is holy”?

Something that is holy is sacred or set apart from others.

If God is holy, and He is, he is set apart from all others. 

He is special.

 

 

THE PRESENTATION OF GOD’S HOLINESS – Vss. 1-4

Vs. 1 - A great king, Uzziah, had died.  This was a great sorrow.  But although great and Godly people pass on, the vision that Isaiah saw reminded him and us, that God is alive! He says, “I SAW THE LORD!”

 

Who did Isaiah see on that throne?  According to the Apostle John, he saw the Lord Jesus.

John 12:41 - These things said Esaias, when he saw his glory, and spake of him.

 

Jesus is God!

God took Isaiah’s eyes off the problems of this world and placed them on God himself. Psalm 93:1

 

Vs. 1 – Notice that God is high and lifted up

I believe that Isaiah would have been awe of the vast size of the temple in which God dwells. He saw God as high and lifted up, above everyone. I think Isaiah probably felt as big as a speck of dust.

 

and his train filled the temple.

The train was the hem of his garment.

What is the garment of God?

It is a garment of light! Psalm 104:1-2, 1 John 1:5

 

If there is no darkness in God’s light, try to imagine how intense that light in the temple of God must be!  The most intense of lighting on earth can not compare with the light of the glory of God!   

 

Isaiah 6:2 - Above it stood the seraphims: each one had six wings; with twain he covered his face, and with twain he covered his feet, and with twain he did fly.

 

Seraphim are angels that evidently guard the very holiness of God.  Their name means “burning ones”.  Imagine their intense brightness as they fly around the throne in an attitude of worship. I think that these creatures must be huge! Imagine giant wing spans, and the massive power in those wings!

   

Even these creatures who have not been tainted with sin do not look at God. They cover their faces and their feet in humility. 

If these creatures are in awe of the glory of God, we should certainly be in awe of His glory even more so.

 

Isaiah 6:3 - And one cried unto another, and said, Holy, holy, holy, is the Lord of hosts: the whole earth is full of his glory.

 

These creatures, how many of them there were no one knows, fly around God’s throne proclaiming his holiness.   

 

And please realize that the proclamation of God’s holiness was probably very loud.  I feel that these angels would be making their proclamation of his holiness with booming voices.

 

Isaiah 6:4 - And the posts of the door moved at the voice of him that cried, and the house was filled with smoke.

 

The posts of the doors of the heavenly temple vibrated, perhaps in reaction to the proclamation of the seraphim, and probably as a reaction to the awesome power and holiness of God!

The house was filled with smoke, a symbol of the glory of God.

 

So this is an awesome scene, showing Isaiah and us, just how awesome, how holy God is!

 

THE PRESENTATION OF GOD’S HOLINESS – Vss. 1-4

THE PROBLEM WITH GOD’S HOLINESS – 5

 

Isaiah had a problem with God’s holiness.

Isaiah’s problem with God’s holiness was his own sinfulness!

 

Isaiah 6:5 - Then said I, Woe is me! for I am undone; because I am a man of unclean lips, and I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips: for mine eyes have seen the King, the Lord of hosts.

 

In the time of Isaiah, it would have been easy for him to compare himself with other Jews, and feel pretty comfortable.  Isaiah would have been better than most of them.

 

And today you can compare yourself with most Christians and feel pretty good about your own Christianity.

 

But Isaiah was not comparing himself with other Jews.

And you should not compare yourself to other Christians.

 

Isaiah saw God.  And when Isaiah saw God he was terrified.

When he saw the pure holiness of God, he cried, “Woe is me for I am undone!”

 

THE PURIFICATION OF GOD’S HOLINESS – 6-7

 

Isaiah 6:6-7 - Then flew one of the seraphims unto me, having a live coal in his hand, which he had taken with the tongs from off the altar: [7] And he laid it upon my mouth, and said, Lo, this hath touched thy lips; and thine iniquity is taken away, and thy sin purged.

 

The moment Isaiah came to the end of himself and admitted his filthiness, was the moment God, in his holiness provided help.

The moment a person without Christ, comes to the end of himself and turns to Christ God purges his sin. 2 Corinthians 5:21, 1 Corinthians 6:9-11

 

The moment a Christian comes to the end of himself and confesses his sin, God purges his sin.   

1 John 1:7-10

 

THE PRACTICAL APPLICATION OF GOD’S HOLINESS Vs. 8, 1 Peter 1:15-16

 

God did not save you so you could continue to live the way you always did.

God saved you so your life can be productive for Him.

If you sincerely get saved, and sincerely confess your sins as a Christian, then God’s holiness will accomplish two things.

 

First of all, because you appreciate the cleansing you have received, you will be available to God for whatever purpose he has for you.

 

Isaiah 6:8 - Also I heard the voice of the Lord, saying, Whom shall I send, and who will go for us? Then said I, Here am I; send me.

 

Isaiah had seen God’s holiness.

Isaiah had seen his own filthy sinfulness.   

 

Isaiah had experienced the cleansing of his sin.

God called for a volunteer.

Isaiah answered the call, not because, he was superior or special, but because he was cleansed, appreciative and available to do whatever God called him to do. How would he dare not do what God called him to do?

 

There’s more. Please turn to 1 Peter 1:15-16, But as he which hath called you is holy, so be ye holy in all manner of conversation; [16] Because it is written, Be ye holy; for I am holy.

 

What has God called you to? Look at verses 1 Peter 1:3-5.

 

This God who has given you new life

This God who has given you an incorruptible inheritance in Heaven

This God who is holy has called you to live a holy life!

 

You are God’s child if you have been born again. John 1:12  

 

Your conversation, your manner of life is to be “Like Father like son.”  You’re Father is holy, set apart from evil, set apart to himself.  You are to be holy, set apart from evil, set apart to the Father himself.

 

Now the only way we can live holy lives is through the power of the one who has made us holy. It is only through the work of the Spirit of God that we have the power to live holy, Godly lives.

If you have seen the holiness of God

If you have dealt with your sin, either by being saved or confessing them as a Christian

If your sins are purged

Then, be available, saying, “here am I send me”, and be holy, living a holy life because the one who has called you to forgiveness and salvation is holy.