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In this article, we will consider a being that possesses power that we cannot conceive. Mankind created the most potent force yet possible for humans, nuclear power. However, many powers not produced by us exist over which we have no control. Hurricanes. Tornados. Earthquakes. Floods. We work to mitigate their effects, but that’s all we can do. As formidable as these unstoppable forces are, they pale in comparison to the potency the Lord God Almighty exercised when He brought into existence the universe, all it contains, and the forces at work within it. We humans cannot comprehend this. A thermonuclear blast is but a balloon popping in comparison.

We are also considering a being who possesses unreachable holiness. This reality is as incomprehensible to us as His power. He is perfectly sinless. Unconditionally pure, true, and good. No fault in Him about anything at all, which has been true about Him, well, for eternity. The closest I get to grasping this truth is after I have sinned because I realize how very much unlike Him I am. I sin so naturally in my thoughts, something hateful or selfish. Sometimes, I just want to sin and to blazes with the consequences. I am very thankful for Paul’s confession.

“So I find it to be a law that when I want to do right, evil lies close at hand. For I delight in the law of God, in my inner being, but I see in my members another law waging war against the law of my mind and making me captive to the law of sin that dwells in my members. Wretched man that I am! Who will deliver me from this body of death? Thanks be to God through Jesus Christ our Lord! So then, I myself serve the law of God with my mind, but with my flesh I serve the law of sin” (Romans 7:21–25). 1

As I read this, I noticed for the first time that Paul wrote, “I find it to be a law…”

A law. So, we’re toast. As if we didn’t already know that.

Thus, we have a God whose power is incomprehensible, whose holiness is unreachable, and human beings whose sin is abominable. We can’t do a single stinkin’ thing about it. We are as unable to do that as we are to match God’s power. We just can’t obtain the perfect holiness of God.

Does the word “abominable” rub a bit the wrong way? Overstated? In the context of sin, the word abomination is used only once in the New Testament, and Jesus said it.

“The Pharisees, who were lovers of money, heard all these things, and they ridiculed him. ‘And he said to them, ‘You are those who justify yourselves before men, but God knows your hearts. For what is exalted among men is an abomination in the sight of God’” (Luke 16:14–15).

What is exalted among men? In this case, it’s the love of money. But we know what else is exalted in this world. The love of status, popularity, beauty, and power.

Good thing none of us have problems with these abominations.

So, we serve and worship a God who has so much power that we cannot comprehend it. He possesses perfect holiness and sinlessness which we cannot obtain, no matter how hard we may try. Shocker of shockers, He loves us, we who are soiled with those abominations, with a love that is eternal, that will never fade or die. He will never stop loving us. We know this because of a startling truth. God is love, straight through. He could no more stop loving us than He could stop being God. Thus, He forgives. He is compassionate. Merciful beyond our capacity to grasp. His character is so infused with love that He Himself died to wash away our abominations. In addition, He gives us His holiness, and we become as holy as He. Because we are now holy, we can come into His presence. This is all free.

He won’t give us all His power, however. He keeps that for Himself, although He does work it through us. His primary concern is our relationship with Him. If He were to give us His unlimited power, I can’t imagine the dreadful results. We already struggle with getting holiness right. Foolish people, we think we can possess rightness before God, somehow, all on our own.

But He forgives that one, too.

1All Scripture references are from The Holy Bible: English Standard Version. (2016). Wheaton, IL: Crossway Bibles.

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