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The Bride of the Church Will Be as Holy as Bridegroom of Christ

Joel Beeke told the story of a new Nigerian student in one of his classes at Puritan Reformed Theological Seminary. According to Nigerian etiquette, you are not allowed to look at your teacher for long.  To Beeke’s surprise, the student would look at him for just a moment, before quickly turning away. Samuel Rutherford, the […]

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Holiness is the Sum of All God’s Attributes

“Holiness is His permanent crown, His glory, His beauty,” explained Joel Beeke. Jonathan Edwards wrote that holiness is “more than a mere attribute of God.  It is the sum of all His attributes.” “Have you ever stood at the ocean’s edge?” asked Beeke. “Did you see the light dancing on every wave? That’s how holiness […]

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When we sin, we’re playing the role of an atheist

“At the end of Acts 4, some Christians in the church of Jerusalem were so moved by generosity that they sold their lands and gave the money to the poor,” explained Joel Beeke at the Highway of Holiness conference here in Asheville, North Carolina.  “They showed their genuine Christian love which worked in them by […]

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God is Always Present

What Does the Fear of God Provoke?

Holy Spirit is Not a Mystical Force, But a Person

“Today if you talk to many Christians, they rarely speak of the Holy Spirit,” said Joel Beeke, pastor of the Heritage Reformed Congregation in Grand Rapids, Michigan.  “Many think of the Spirit today as a mystical force.”  But the Holy Spirit is a Person. “There are 100 references to the Holy Spirit in the Old […]

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How to Grow in Holiness

“Adam no sooner heard the voice of a holy God in the garden, but he considered his own nakedness with shame and fear.  We must be touched with a sense of our uncleanness,” wrote Steven Charnock, the Puritan English Presbyterian minister who died in 1680.  “The clear beams of the sun discover that filthiness in […]

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A Beautiful Sunset: Profane Next to Beauty of God

“All things which God has made on the earth express His glory. His wisdom and goodness, His power and holiness, are seen everywhere. The whole earth, with all its mountains, seas, streams, trees, animals, and people, lay the foundation of His praise,” wrote Albert Barnes, the American Presbyterian minister who died in 1870. Paul Washer […]

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Our Sinlessness Results from Valuing His Holiness

 “God is absolutely distinct from all His creatures, wrote Louis Berkhof, the  American-Dutch Reformed theologian who died in 1957.  “This may be called the majestic holiness of God.” “Lots of people hear the word ‘holy’ and they think ‘sinless,’” explained Paul Washer.  “Think of a woman with her carrots; she cuts and separates.  God is […]

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Washer is awestruck that holy God wants a covenant with sinful man

“When it comes to His holiness – it’s not something He has to work at. He is holy! And you can enter into a covenant with Someone like that.  The One who died for you is ‘holy, holy, holy’,” said Paul Washer. In Scripture, the holiness of God is the one attribute which is repeated […]

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To replicate Christ is a defamation

“What’s more like God?” asked Paul Washer. “The seraphim or a worm? Neither. “There is no one or nothing like the Lord. He is far greater.  Any attempt to replicate Him in statue or picture is a defamation,” said Washer. Artists depicted the face of Jesus on the back of a tract used for evangelism […]

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God’s Beauty Surpasses Streets of Gold

Paul Washer said, “I’m asked, ‘What topic should people study for a Ph.D?’  That’s simple: God’s beauty.” He explained that he spent most of his years hunting squirrels in the woods, where he fell in love with the beauty of God’s creation. “There is more for us than rules, ethics, and morality.  There is something […]

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Our Savior is not a little lamb, waiting to eat out of our hand

“I have had sinners tell me, ‘I will stand toe to toe with God in heaven.’” said Paul Washer with alarm. He is convinced that most Christians have an overly pedestrian view of God, a too familiar view of Him. “You will melt before him like a tiny figurine before a blast furnace,” warned Washer.  […]

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God is Worthy of Our Fear

The Exaltation and Humiliation of Christ

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