Should We View Scripture as Being Holy?

Biblical Authority Devotional: Claims of Scripture, Part 6

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One of the most powerful things any speaker or teacher can do with a really important point is to emphasize it through repeating it.

Paul, a bondservant of Jesus Christ, called to be an apostle, separated to the gospel of God which He promised before through His prophets in the Holy Scriptures. (Romans 1:1–2)

Today’s big question: should we view Scripture as being holy?

One of the most powerful things any speaker or teacher can do with a really important point is to emphasize it through repeating it. In fact, we see this many times in Scripture where there is repetition for emphasis. We even see that Christ used this method when He said, “Truly, truly, I say to you . . .” (for example, see John 3:3, John 5:19, etc.). Paul emphasizes in Galatians 1:8–9 that anyone preaching a different gospel is to be accursed, and he does this through repetition. Yet only in relation to one aspect of God’s character do we ever see a triple emphasis—holy, holy, holy is the Lord God almighty (Isaiah 6:3; Revelation 4:8).

To say that God is holy means that He is perfect in righteousness and purity. It is this sort of purity that required Moses to hide in the cleft of a rock as God only revealed part of His glory in pure holiness. For good reason we are not to take this word lightly—Scripture uses triple emphasis to encourage us to ponder on just how inexpressible God’s holiness is. This holiness sheds light upon our sin and has us falling to our knees in repentance of our human condition. God’s holiness can speak judgment on impurity brought about by rebellion and requires the whole of creation to cry out in praise and adoration. This is holiness to be revered. The Scriptures reveal that God is not just holy, but He is holy, holy, holy. Got it?

The very fact that the apostle Paul refers to the Bible as Holy Scriptures tells us all something about how we should revere these words. The holy, holy, holy God has revealed Himself to us, given us a history of the world, shown us a plan of salvation, and warned us of a coming judgment. Should we view Scripture as Holy? Too right we should! We don’t worship the book, but we do worship the One who wrote it—and He is holy, holy, holy—so His words should be humbly revered.

Today’s big idea: never ever take God’s Word lightly.

What to pray: seek God’s forgiveness for the times you have made light of His Word.

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