In part one I wrote on how God is holy, now it is time to learn where God’s holiness shines in people.
The Fallen Race
When we take Biology we learn how all of our genetics come from our parents. Even though we may not look exactly the same we have some of the same traits. This is kind of like how sin has affected us. Adam and Eve were the first humans to live and the first to fall. Their sinful nature has now affected the rest of the Human Race. Though some people may act as if they never sin, they still do.
When I was a young boy, somewhere between the ages of six or seven we lived in town. One of the things that an adult might not really notice was the curbside dumpsters that lined the street. These dumpsters I was quite fascinated with. This fascination did not come from the dumpsters themselves but what happened to them. Every week the “garbage truck” came and I loved to watch the bin be first “clawed”, then lifted, then emptied into the towering truck.
In the same way, the trash was removed from the bin, is like how God purifies us. Trash is either incinerated with fire and made into something new or it is just dumped in a landfill to rot for what seems like an eternity. In the end, we humans will either be purified or tortured in hell for the rest of time.
The Holy Fire
When we are purified by God our flesh is redeemed. In the Bible, we see fire as imagery for purification. It is commonly found in the book of Psalms. The authors speak of gold being refined in the fire to its pure self.
We see in the book of Isaiah in chapter six some of the same imagery. God’s glory fills the house that Isaiah is in and he is instantly terrified. He is so fearful in fact that he calls a curse upon himself. “4 And the foundations of the thresholds shook at the voice of him who called, and the house was filled with smoke. 5 And I said: ‘Woe is me! For I am lost; for I am a man of unclean lips, and I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips; for my eyes have seen the King, the Lord of hosts!’” When he utters the words “Woe is me!” He is cursing himself. Isaiah knows he is not a pure man, but rather he acknowledges that he is “a man of unclean lips.” I do not know if he is referring directly to having a foul mouth or if he is making a general statement about his sinful nature.
In the next two verses we see God’s holy fire that cleanses Isaiah or in this case a “live coal”. “6 Then one of the seraphim flew to me, having in his hand a burning coal that he had taken with tongs from the altar. 7 And he touched my mouth and said: ‘Behold, this has touched your lips; your guilt is taken away, and your sin atoned for.’” God is too holy to press the coal against Isaiah’s lips, if He did Isaiah would have died. Just as we have a mediator Jesus Christ so did Isaiah. The seraphim. The seraphim were not what cleansed Isaiah it was the power of God working through the glowing hot coal. After the coal takes away Isaiah’s guilt and atones for his sin God gives Isaiah a commission for the people of Israel.
When we become faithful Christians we are cleansed by the blood of our Lord Jesus Christ. We do not need a live coal to take away our sin because Christ already died for it. Just like Isaiah was given a task after he was purified we are given a task, our task is to live faithfully for the rest of our earthly lives. Though all true Christians want to live faithfully we will still have different tasks that need to be completed.
What to Write On Next
I hope you enjoyed this post, and thank you for reading. I have had a great time researching this topic but I do not know off of my head what to write about next. If you have any ideas please let me know in the comments section below. Have a great day!