The Glory of God: Thoughts on Good Friday

God’s essential attribute is His holiness. It is the only attribute of God emphasized in an unparalleled triple repetition in the scriptures (Isa 6:3).

Holiness is the single attribute that defines all of God’s other attributes and possessions. God’s love is a holy love, God’s justice is holy justice, God’s wrath is a holy wrath, God’s will is His holy will, God’s city is a holy city, God’s people are to be a holy people, God’s law is a holy law, etc.

His glory on the other hand is the manifestation of His holiness. So, there is an inseparable link between God’s holiness and God’s glory. Any revelation of God is always a revelation of God’s holiness and thus results in a display of God’s glory.

God’s glory is the revelation of God’s innermost, true, and ultimate character, His holiness.

This is why the preaching and living out of the Good News is the greatest way to glorify God, because the life, the death and the resurrection of Jesus Christ reveals God’s innermost, true, and ultimate character, His holiness (His holy love, mercy, and grace as well as His holy wrath and justice) in the clearest manner available to mankind.  In the person of Christ do we see the clearest picture of God possible.

John 14:7-9

If you had known me, you would have known my Father also.  From now on you do know him and have seen him.” Philip said to him, “Lord, show us the Father, and it is enough for us.”  Jesus said to him, “Have I been with you so long, and you still do not know me, Philip?  Whoever has seen me has seen the Father. How can you say, ‘Show us the Father’?

Colossians 1:15

He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation.

Have a wonderful Easter weekend.



Mini word study for fellow bible-nerds:

The English word “Holy” translates the Hebrew word Qadosh which emphasizes His purity, His perfection, His alienness (ie transcendence or “other”-ness).

The English word “Glory” translates several Hebrew words which mean similar things with slight nuances Kavod (weight, heaviness, gravity), Hod (grandeur, imposing), Paar (beautiful, embellished), Hadar (swelling up, magnificence), etc.

Exo 15:11 KVJ “Who is like unto Thee, O LORD, among the gods? Who is like Thee, (hadar) glorious in (qadosh) holiness, fearful in praises, doing wonders?”

Isa 6:3 ESV “And one called to another and said: ‘(qadosh) Holy, holy, holy is the LORD of hosts; the whole earth is full of his (kavod) glory!'”

Psa 105:3 “(halal) Glory in his (qadosh) holy name; let the hearts of those who seek the LORD rejoice!”


About Mike Sung Im

Trying to love of God with all my heart, mind, strength, and soul. Trying to love others as myself. I'll let you know when I get there.
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