SIN AGAINST A HOLY GOD
“Against you, you only, have I sinned and done what is evil in your sight, so that you may be justified in your words and blameless in your judgment” (Ps 51:4 ESV).
“David does not deny that he has sinned against the others, but here he is going a step further. He realizes that his actions are not simply actions in and of themselves. He sees that they not only affect and involve other people, but their real essence is that he has sinned against God” Martyn Lloyd-Jones (ref#189, Dec 28th).
“[L]ook at sin as an offense against a holy God, instead of a personal defeat. It is only as we see His holiness, His absolute purity and moral hatred of sin, that we will be gripped by the awfulness of sin against the Holy God” Jerry Bridges (ref#244, p20).
“Why has God revealed Himself in Jesus? To demonstrate the exceeding hatefulness of sin, and to show that nothing short of such sacrifice could remove it and be consistent with the glory of the divine nature and the honor of the divine government. Each sin, then, is a blow struck at this transcendent truth. If we avert our eye from it, sin appears a trifle; it can be looked at without indignation, tampered with without fear, committed without hesitation, persisted in without remorse, confessed without sorrow. But when divine justice is seen, requiring the very heart’s blood of God’s only Son in order to satisfy its infinite requirements, how fearful sin against this holy Lord God becomes! Cultivate a constant, ardent thirst for holiness” Octavius Winslow (ref#135, July 24th).
“God does not require a perfect, sinless life to have fellowship with Him, but He does require that we be serious about holiness, that we grieve over sin in our lives instead of justifying it, and that we earnestly pursue holiness as a way of life” Jerry Bridges (ref#244, p36).