Wednesday, May 23, 2012
"Woe to me," I cried. "I am ruined! For I am a man of unclean lips, and I live among a people of unclean lips, and my eyes have seen the King, the Lord Almighty."--Isaiah 6:5
The Bible sometimes expresses the wrath with which God shows Himself to human beings as His anger, but God doesn't have emotions the same way we do. He is constant, unchanging. But most importantly, He is God, and He responds to sin, when He encounters it, in just one way--destruction.
Jesus, of course, made it possible for us to be cleaned from sin, and therefore come into God's presence, but God made no such cleansing provision for His world. The earth cannot meet God, not any more. It, too, now bears sin and God has only one option:
The heavens will disappear with a roar; the elements will be destroyed by fire; and the earth and everything in it will be laid bare.--2Peter 3:10
The Lord is holy, completely and perfectly, and His holiness strikes down anything or anyone imperfect who falls within His gaze. He does this purposefully, the same way He formed His creation, instant and complete.
Biblical destruction is the only possible fate for a sinful creation encountering a holy God. Creation has no option but to quake and fall apart. It can do nothing else.
Only Jesus, sweet Jesus, stands between a holy God and a sinful creature. His love, and our faith in it, cast out all fear. The world will fall, but we will not--not if we cling to Jesus.