“Of course, most people don’t believe that sin is contempt toward God. We have more polite terms for it. We say, ‘It was a mistake,’ or, ‘I messed up.’ But at the heart of all sin is a contemptuous attitude toward the person and the work of God, and toward His holiness and righteousness in particular. So next time you’re talking with a friend or a family member and you’re discussing that person’s sin, and he or she starts to use language like ‘I messed up,’ just say, ‘No, I think you have contempt toward God.’ Do you know what he or she will say? You’ll hear something like this: ‘No I don’t! When that happened, I wasn’t even thinking about God.’ When you hear that, just say, ‘Exactly.'”
Thabiti Anyabwile in Holy, Holy, Holy
“Since no man can see God and live, the only way we can do this (for that matter, the only way the seraphim can ever do this) is by indirect means—by seeing the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ. We cannot look into the eyes of the Father and hold our gaze, as though we had access to His eternal being. Rather, we must, as it were, stand on the circumference and watch the eyes of the God-man Jesus Christ as He gazes on His heavenly Father. In this we are like those who take the greatest delight and pleasure in seeing two lovers “made for each other” engaging in a human perichoresis of mutual affection, admiration, and devotion that is marked by open self-giving to one another and total satisfaction in one another. When we see the face of the Father reflected in the eager eyes of His Son incarnate, then we find ourselves worshiping and ever crying with the seraphim, and with all the choristers of heaven, ‘Holy, holy, holy is the LORD of hosts,’ as though we were witnessing the display of a trillion laser beams of light, pure and intense.”
Sinclair Ferguson in Holy, Holy, Holy
“The two books that I have written that have received the most response are The Holiness of God and Chosen by God. Many people have said to me: ‘You know, your book The Holiness of God just blew me away. It gave me an exalted view of the majesty of God. Then I read Chosen by God, but I didn’t like that one at all.’ When I get those comments, I usually say: ‘Either you didn’t understand The Holiness of God or you didn’t understand Chosen by God. The God who is holy is the God who is sovereign. The God who is transcendent in His majesty is the omnipotent Lord. He brings good things and He brings bad things.’ Job understood that when he said, ‘The LORD gave, and the LORD has taken away; blessed be the name of the LORD’ (Job 1:21b). This is the God with whom we have to deal—whether we like Him or not. He is God, He alone. That is what He said to Cyrus: ‘I am the LORD.’ You might prefer a different god. You might even try to fashion one. But there is no other.”
Sproul in Holy, Holy, Holy
“Runners in a distance race, like jockeys in a horse race, always try to keep something in reserve for a final sprint. And my contention is going to be that, so far as our bodily health allows, we should aim to be found running the last lap of the race of our Christian life, as we would say, flat out. The final sprint, so I urge, should be a sprint indeed.”
J.I. Packer in Finishing Our Course with Joy: Guidance from God for Engaging with Our Aging
“In the end, therefore, the answer a Christian will give to the question, ‘Why do you trust the Bible?’ is, ‘Because King Jesus the Resurrected endorsed the Old Testament and authorized the New.’ That’s not a presupposition. It’s not an unthinking, close-your-eyes-and-jump leap of faith. It’s a considered conclusion built from a careful argument that
- the Bible is historically reliable;
- Jesus was resurrected from the dead; and
- the whole of the Bible therefore rests on Jesus’s authority.
That’s why we believe it.
That’s why we trust it.”
Greg Gilbert in Why Trust the Bible?