The Divine Transcendence
Far beyond the lofty heights of the soaring eagle,
beyond earth and sky and unfathomable space,
veiled from the eyes of mortal men by clouds of impenetrable mystery:
Here is the dwelling place
of the Most High and Exalted One.
He is beyond the din of the day
the shroud of the night, the winding of the seasons.
His boundaries are inscrutable,
the sum of His ways incomprehensible.
He is not measured within the confines
of creaturely definition.
His measure is infinitude.
His dimensions are goodness, mercy, and love.
He is quantity without capacity
for capacity implies a limit.
the garment of His divine transcendence.
All power to be, is the power of He
who is omnipotent.
Life, love, and every energy
is formed through the conduit of His Sovereignty.
He has no helpmate,
For He is sufficient within Himself.
Yet from within Himself,
He spoke His present company into creation.
The bull does not charge, the heron does not fish,
but that He has decreed it.
His commands order the establishment
of cause and effect.
His self-existence insures
the perpetuation of our own eternity.
That He changes not,
grants us hope to endure the ravages of time.
The High and Exalted One, who is above all else,
reduces time and space to a habitation for His omnipresence.
…the LORD says: “Heaven is my throne
and the earth is my footstool.
Where is the house you will build for me?
Where will my resting place be?”
10/25/02 R. Thomas Brass
He is Holy
Transcendent God. God Incomprehensible.
Infinite. All powerful. All Knowing.
Self-existent. Without beginning or end.
Able to create. Creator of the heavens. And the earth.
And all things within.
All things needed God.
But God did not need to create. He did not need at all.
(John 5:26) Yet, He chose to create.
For His pleasure.
And because it was good.
(Gen. 1:4,10,18, 25, 31)
He can only do what is good. Whether in justice or mercy.
He is a holy God.
His holiness is not our holiness. It is unique.
For there is no other, like God.
He is not like us. For God is not made in the image of man.
But man in the image of God.
“ ‘ For my thoughts are not your thoughts,
neither are your ways my ways,’ declares the Lord.
‘ As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways
higher than your ways
and my thoughts than your thoughts. ’ ”
Immutable God. God without change.
(Malachi 3:6) By His unchanging nature, His holiness is insured.
In all that He is and all that He does;
He is holy.
His holiness exposes. (Isaiah 6: 1-7) Brings punishment. (2 Samuel 6:6-7) Induces great excitement of desire. (Exodus 33:12-23)
Evokes unending praise. (Rev. 4:8-11)
It is strange and indescribable. (Ezekiel 1:26-28) Unapproachable. (Exodus 3:2-5) Fearful. (Exodus 3:6) Overwhelming. (Daniel 10:4-9)
And yet, there was an angel,
Who turned his eyes away.
He turned his eyes away. From holiness.
“ You were the model of perfection, full of wisdom and perfect in beauty.” Angel among angels! Perfect to behold!
Wondrous reflection of a holy God.
“You were in Eden, the garden of God; every precious stone adorned you: ruby, topaz and emerald, chrysolite, onyx and jasper, sapphire, turquoise and beryl. Your settings and mountings were made of gold; on the day you were created they were prepared.”
Carefully and deliberately prepared. Beautifully adorned.
“You were anointed as a guardian cherub, for so I ordained you. You were on the holy mount of God; you walked among the fiery stones.”
Empowered by God’s anointing. Ordained. Positioned.
He dwelt in the fiery place.
He beheld the holiness of God!
“You were blameless in your ways from the day you were created
till wickedness was found in you.
Through your widespread trade you were filled with violence,
and you sinned.
I drove you in disgrace from the mount of God, and I expelled you O guardian cherub,
from among the fiery stones.”
And so, he fell. (Jude vs. 6)
And he fell. (Luke 10:18)
And he never really stopped falling. (Rev. 20:10)
“Your heart became proud on account of your beauty, and you corrupted your wisdom because of your splendor.”(Ezekiel 28:11-17)
His eyes, he turned away from God. The Holy One.
His vision he turned unto himself.
His own beauty.
His own wisdom.
And he fell.
But as he fell, he reached out….. (Gen. 3:1)
We turned! We looked! (Gen. 3:2-3)
And as we looked, we turned our eyes away from
the Holy One… (Gen. 3:6)
And we fell. (Gen. 3:7)
And we fell. (Gen. 6:5-7)
And we never really stopped falling. (Gen. 11:1-9)
Until we saw God die. (John 19:30)
And wake up from the dead. (John 20:10-31)
And fly up into the sky. (Acts 1:9)
Now we watch for His return. (Acts 1:10-11)
And with the eyes of our hearts, we perceive… (Job 38:36)
Once we were blind, but now we see! (Acts 9:3-18)
In Christ, again, we see the glory. (Acts 7:55-56)
With eyes unveiled. Faces turned. (2 Cor. 3:18)
We behold His glory.
He is our lamp.
Forever more. (Rev. 21:23-24)
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