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When we become more and more of God’s holiness, purity, power, presence, glory, we begin to understand God’s reaction to sin. Sin is a rejection of God. Sin sets up self as greater than God, smarter than God, wiser than God. Sin is truly abhorrent in light of the truth about God’s perfection.

God is loving, compassionate, gracious and forgiving. Though he has every right in justice and righteousness to wipe out all humanity from the earth, his love, compassion, gracious and forgiving nature prevent him from doing so. In Jesus, God’s only begotten Son, we see this incredible truth: God would punish himself in order to save sinful human beings! God graciously forgives us our sins! God loves us and cares for us. God the Father adopts us as his children and we belong to him!

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“But just as he who called you is holy, so be holy in all you do; for it is written: “Be holy, because I am holy” 1 Peter 1:15-16 NIV








Exodus 34:5-9

HC LD 21 Q&A 56

Isaiah 6:1-13

Revelation 4:1-11

1 Peter 1:13-25

2 Cor. 5:11-21

1 Cor. 15:42-44; Rev. 21:1-7


Questions to think about as you read:

  1. What struck you about God’s character in this passage? Using a concordance, look up the word holy. Read 6 verses that describe God’s holiness, choosing 3 from the Old Testament and 3 from the New Testament. Spend time in prayer, praising God for who He is.
  2. Consider the teaching from the Heidelberg Catechism on this line of the creed. Do you really believe that God has forgotten your sin, and that he considers you as never having sinned at all? How does this encourage you in your daily struggle with sin?
  3. As you study Isaiah 6:1-13, look for the connection between who God is, His holiness, his glory, his judgement and his commission to Isaiah. As God reveals His holiness to you, will you, like Isaiah offer to serve God by sharing him and his message of salvation to those around you?
  4. Spend some time in prayer, concentrating on God’s holiness, perfection, love, compassion, forgiveness and glory. Concentrate on adoring God for who He is.
  5. In the beginning, God created us to bear his image. But we sinned, we chose to turn to our own ideas. Throughout the scriptures, we are called to be holy as God is holy. In what ways are you striving to fulfil this command through the power of the Holy Spirit?
  6. Knowing we are made forever right with God through Jesus’ death on the cross, knowing that God has chosen us, God loves us, and calls us to carry on this ministry of reconciliation, who is someone you need to be reconciled with?
  7. On Sunday, we conclude our series on the Apostles’ Creed. We learn about the hope, the joy set before us in the life everlasting!