Leviticus 10:1-3.. 1 Now Nadab and Abihu, the sons of Aaron, took their respective firepans, and after putting fire in them, placed incense on it and offered strange fire before the Lord, which He had not commanded them. 2 And fire came out from the presence of the Lord and consumed them, and they died before the Lord. 3 Then Moses said to Aaron, “It is what the Lord spoke, saying, ‘By those who come near Me I will be treated as holy, And before all the people I will be honored.’” So Aaron, therefore, kept silent.
The key verse in Leviticus “Be holy for I am holy” is referenced in 1 Peter 1:15-16.. “ 15 But as the one who called you is holy, you also are to be holy in all your conduct; 16 for it is written, Be holy, because I am holy.” CSB Therefore it is important for disciples today to be holy in our conduct by the grace of God.
A “In disobedience to God Nadab and Abihu offered the “strange fire” and faced the fiery wrath of God as a result. Do you fear God in His holiness? Scripture…teaches that God is holy and that in His holiness His response to sin is wrath. You may wonder, then, how it is that you are still alive today, after having sinned so many times in your life.
While God is holy and while He does smite sin, He is also gracious and merciful. This tension in God’s character–holiness and grace, wrath and mercy–presents us with a dilemma: How can a holy God forgive sin? If God is holy, He must punish sin in the fiercest terms. He must return an eternal offense with an eternal punishment. Yet if God is gracious, He must also in some way show kindness to us even when we don’t deserve it. It is part of His character to do so.
So, then, what is the solution to the dilemma? The solution is the gospel of Jesus Christ; where the holiness and the grace of God work in perfect harmony. God’s holiness and wrath against sin are satisfied in the person of Jesus Christ as He absorbs all of our sin into Himself. God’s grace and mercy are shown when in exchange for our sin Christ gives us His own righteousness so that we can be right before God. In the gospel, then, God satisfies His own holiness while also displaying His grace in the salvation of sinners. Only an infinitely wise, eternally loving Father could ever have devised such a wonderful plan and He devised it before the foundations of the earth!
Is your understanding of God’s holiness well-rounded? Do you tend to think only of God’s holiness while excluding His other attributes? B What can you draw from this study that would help you have a more well-rounded understanding of God’s character?
Thank God for the gospel! Thank Him that in His infinite wisdom He devised a way to satisfy His own holiness while still accomplishing salvation for sinners.”
Notes: A- Source: Personal Study Guide [PSG], Fall 2017, FBC Jacksonville, FL p.79 This is an excellent resource each quarter. For entire PSG click here; B- For Attributes of all-powerful and all-caring God click here
Henry Luke 11/16/2017
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