The Lord God of Hosts, the Great I AM declares in Jeremiah 9: 23, 24, “Thus saith the LORD, Let not the wise man glory in his wisdom, neither let the mighty man glory in his might, let not the rich man glory in his riches:But let him that glorieth glory in this, that he understandeth and knoweth me, that I am the LORD which exercise lovingkindness, judgment, and righteousness, in the earth: for in these things I delight, saith the LORD.”
“…that he understandeth and knoweth me….”
To understand and know God; have you ever considered that to be possible? We are finite and sinful human beings; He is the Lord God Almighty…and yet, He tells us that we are to glory in one thing alone: knowing Him and understanding Him.
What a concept: knowing God. The thought begs the question: How?
We begin by seeking Him as He has revealed Himself through His Word. Many in Christendom today substitute feelings for truth: if they feel it, it must be truth. God sees it different. Jeremiah 17, 9 brings us down to earth on trusting our feelings. There we are told that “The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?”
To know God as He desires to be known, we must start where He starts: with His self-revelation in His Word.
In Scripture, twice God is referred to as “Holy, Holy, Holy”:
Isaiah 6: 3, “And one cried unto another, and said, Holy, holy, holy, is the LORD of hosts: the whole earth is full of his glory.”
Revelation 4: 8, “And the four beasts had each of them six wings about him; and they were full of eyes within: and they rest not day and night, saying, Holy, holy, holy, Lord God Almighty, which was, and is, and is to come.”
Holiness in triplicate: that is the starting place for knowing and understanding God. Nowhere does Holy Writ refer to the Lord as “Love, Love, Love” or “Justice, Justice, Justice” or even “Mercy, Mercy, Mercy” though, without a doubt, God is all of those things. Only His holiness is referred to in triplicate, not once but twice: once in the Old Testament, once in the New Testament. To know Him, we must get to the root of what “Holy, Holy, Holy” means.
Do a survey of most who call themselves Christian, or even most preachers or Christian teachers, and you will find that, when questioned about what holiness means, they will define it as “moral purity”. They would be wrong.
Holiness means to be set apart or cut off, separate from everything and everyone else. God is “Holy” because He alone is completely and uniquely different from everyone and everything else in creation. He is different because He is the perfect and pure Creator and all else is the created: an angelic being is just as different from Him as a bug is.
God is unlike every single thing, person or being that exists: thus He is Holy…set apart, different, wholly unique. God in His wisdom revealed this to us in Scripture twice. Two times, each in triplicate, so that we would get the message: God alone is Holy, Holy, Holy…as different from us or anything else as He possibly can be. To know Him, first we must begin to wrap our minds around this holiness. When we have a right view of His holiness, then we have a starting place for knowing and understanding…and loving…God.