Few teachers have been more influential on my life than Dr. R.C. Sproul, and few books have affected me more than what is perhaps is most well-known work, The Holiness of God.
I’ve assembled a list of ten quotes that, in particular, seemed to jump out at me as I read. I hope that they encourage you to pick up a copy of The Holiness of God for yourself.
- God appears, people quake in terror, God forgives and heals, God sends. From brokenness to mission is the human pattern. (40)
- Far from God seeking to destroy the “self,” as many distortions of Christianity would claim, God redeems the self. He heals the self so that it may be useful and fulfilled in the mission to which the person is called. (41)
- It is dangerous to assume that because a person is drawn to holiness in his study that he is thereby a holy man. There is irony here. I am sure that the reason I have a deep hunger to learn of the holiness of God is precisely because I am not holy. I am a profane man – a man who spends more time out of the temple than in it. But I have had just enough of a taste of the majesty of God to want more. I know what it means to be a forgiven man and what it means to be sent on a mission. My soul cries for more. My soul needs more. (41
- The overwhelming testimony of the world is to the incomparable perfection of Jesus. (69)
- God did not choose Israel because Israel was already holy. He chose to make them holy. Israel was called to be holy in two senses of the word. They were called to be different, to be set apart as a vehicle of God’s plan of redemption. (146)
- The false conflict between the two testaments may be seen in the most brutal act of divine vengeance ever recorded in Scripture. It is not found in the Old Testament but in the New Testament. The most violent expression of God’s wrath and justice is seen in the Cross. If ever a person had room to complain of injustice, it was Jesus. He was the only innocent man ever to be punished by God. If we stagger at the wrath of God, let us stagger at the Cross. Here is where our astonishment should be focused. If we have cause for moral outrage, let it be directed at Golgotha. (147)
- One thing is certain: No matter how much injustice I have suffered from the hands of other people, I have never suffered the slightest injustice from the hand of God. (153)
- Sermons stressing the fierce wrath of a holy God aimed at impenitent human hearts do not fit well with the civic meeting hall atmosphere of the local church. (211)
- And there is no other reason to be given, why you have not dropped into hell since you arose in the morning, but that God’s hand has held you up. (213)
- Loving a holy God is beyond our moral power. The only kind of God we can love by our sinful nature is an unholy god, an idol made by our own hands. (221)
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