Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Holy! Holy! Holy!

A true love of God must begin
with a delight in his holiness,
and not with a delight in any other attribute;
for no other attribute is truly lovely without this.
- Jonathan Edwards -

As it seems to challenge an excellency above all His other perfections,
so it is the glory of all the rest;
as it is the glory of the Godhead,
so it is the glory of every perfection in the Godhead;
as His power is the strength of them,
so His holiness is the beauty of them;
as all would be weak without almightiness to back them,
so all would be uncomely without holiness to adorn them.

Should this be sullied, all the rest would lose their honour;
as at the same instant the sun should lose its light,
it would lose its heat, its strength, its generative and quickening virtue.
As sincerity is the luster of every grace in a Christian,
so is purity the splendor of every attribute in the Godhead.
His justice is a holy justice,
His wisdom a holy wisdom,
His arm of power a "holy arm" (Ps. 98:1),
His truth or promise a "holy promise" (Ps. 105:42).
His name, which signifies all His attributes in conjunction, "is holy," Psalm 103:1
- Stephen Charnock -


Cameron said...

Just wanted to say that your blog is a constant encouragement to me. As a seminary student myself, I can appreciate the things you are learning and wrestling with. Thanks for your thoughts.

Mike Riccardi said...

Hi Cameron,

Thanks so much for your kind words of encouragement. Praise God for the sufficiency of His Word!

Where do you go to seminary?

Cameron said...

I go to Liberty Theological Seminary and am in my second year of school altogether working towards my M.Div.