Die Heiligheid van God (Looking Beyond Shadows)

God het Homself aan elkeen van ons gewys en uit onsself, as ons aan onsself oorgelaat word, teen dit inskop. Dit is vir ons so maklik om eerder God te verklein in iets wat Hy nie is nie, en dit is die wortel van afgodery. Ons verander God in iets wat ons pas.

Hierdie is die idee wat Tim Challies bespreek in sy studie van Dr RC Sproul se The Holiness of God.

Die probleem met ons is nie dat ons nie weet, of ‘n idee het van God en wie Hy is nie, maar eerder dat ons weier om dit te glo. Dit is weereens die oneerlikheid met onsself wat lei tot die aanbidding van ‘n afgod. DIe heiligheid van God is nie iets wat Hy wegsteek nie, dis sigbaar vir almal, nie net vir ‘n paar super-heiliges nie. Sproul stel dit so:

…The knowledge of God that is given through creation is not a knowledge we warmly receive and embrace. Instead it is our nature to abhor this knowledge of God’s holiness. It is characteristic of the reprobate mind not to want to retain God in our knowledge. We prefer to change the holy into something less than holy. It is this rejection of God’s majesty that leaves us with minds that are darkened. It results in a massive foolishness that has disastrous consequences for our lives. Once we refuse to honor God as God, our whole view of life and the world becomes distorted.

Challies vertel dan hoe Sproul aan die einde van die stuk die fokus verskuif na dit wat God waarlik is: goedheid, skoonheid en waarheid. Challies vertel hoe hy bid en dankie sê dat God is wie Hy is en vir ons wys wie Hy is.

Sproul verwoord die perfektheid van God, soos hy dit sien en God dit vir ons wys:

God’s perfection applies to all of His attributes. His power is perfect; it has no weaknesses or any possibility of weakness. His knowledge is not only omniscient but reflects prefect omniscience. There is nothing that God does not know or that He could possibly learn. Some modern theologians have tried to declare that God is omniscient but that His omniscience is a limited omniscience. They assert that God knows everything He can possibly known, but He does not and cannot know certain things, especially the future decisions of free agents. But a limited omniscience is simply not omniscience. And it is not perfect. This view of a limited omniscience robs God of His holy omniscience, which is a perfect omniscience. God’s love, His wrath, His mercy—all that He is—is perfect. Not only is He perfect, but He is eternally and immutably so. There never was a time when God was less than perfect, and there is no possibility that in the future He may slip into any kind of imperfection. What has been with God will be so forever. His perfection is immutable. It cannot change.

Laat ons gebed dan wees om waarlik aan wie God is vas te hou EN dit nie net te verstaan of sien nie, maar dit te glo.

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