Central to God's character is the quality of holiness. Yet, even so, most people are hard-pressed to define what God's holiness precisely is. Many preachers today avoid the topic altogether because people today don't quite know what to do with words like "awe" or "fear." R. C. Sproul, in this classic work, puts the holiness of God in its proper and central place in the Christian life. He paints an awe-inspiring vision of God that encourages Christian to become holy just as God is holy. Once you encounter the holiness of God, your life will never be the same.
Sproul takes us from Rudolf Otto‘s mysterium tremendum to Martin Luther‘s “insanity” and the great American purtian Jonathan Edwards‘ fiery sermons, this classic offers a concise exploration of history and Scripture that will help its reader better understand God’s holiness. He reminds us that the first petition in the Lord’s Prayer is “hallowed by your name”.
How we understand the holiness of God affects every area of our lives since God is inescapable. Holiness fundamentally means separation is to be set apart. Because we are unholy, our first impulse is fear since God is holy. Sproul shows that Holiness provokes hatred hence forth the greater the divide between his holiness and our own, then greater the hostility toward God from man. This explains why Jesus with his perfect love was rejected by his own people.
Lastly, an additional plus is that Hovel Audio’s narrator Grover Gardner speaks clearly with a voice that greatly compliments the richness of the book. This is a must needed addition to the Christians audio library. The reason is stated clearly by Dr. Sproul himself when he states, “that the failure of modern evangelicalism is the failure to understand the holiness of God.”
One sentence synopsis--- Sproul beautifully describes God's Holiness to restore the sense of awe in our relationship with God.
His writing emotes warmth. I can imagine Sproul could tell somebody to go to Hell in the nicest way that their response would be shall I take the direct or scenic route?
Recommended for Christian readers who want to understand God's holiness.
This book needs to be read! Sproul brings forth a biblical vision of God that is absent from much of the American religious landscape. Discovering and responding to the God of the Bible is the only hope anyone has.