Reformation Trust Publishing
In Holy, Holy, Holy: Proclaiming the Perfections of God, the talks given at Ligonier Ministries National Conference of 2009 have been edited and brought together into one volume. As the title suggests, these writings focus on the holiness of God and gather the thoughts of such scholars as R. C. Sproul, Sinclair Ferguson, Steven Lawson, D. A. Carson, and others.
One of the first questions addressed within is “What is holiness?” Dr. Sproul explains this in terms that anyone can understand, stating that the primary meaning is the idea of “God’s otherness” (p. 4), while the secondary meaning relates to the purity and perfection of His nature. What follows is a beautiful series of essays that provide truths that any Christian will want to ponder and savor.
Some of the topics explored within Holy, Holy, Holy include: an examination of the holiness reflected in the Father, in Jesus, and in the Holy Spirit; understanding the depth of our sin in relation to the height of His perfection; how the church can live out its mandate to be holy; the significance of the cross in dealing with a holy God; and training our children to a lifestyle of worship.
One of many thoughtful analogies that struck me was from Don Carson’s chapter titled “A Holy Nation”: “Only God is God; only God, in the ultimate sense, is holy. But the entailments of His holiness wash out in concentric waves. We are to belong to Him and be His holy nation, peculiarly His, such that God in His infinite mercy dares call us holy—a holy people, a holy ethnicity, a holy nation. Thus, holiness becomes a communicable attribute of God” (p. 82). Although this is nothing like a devotional, I found myself stopping mid-chapter and meditating on the character of God, giving thanks to Him in response to His uniqueness and, yes, holiness. I recommend Holy, Holy, Holy: Proclaiming the Perfections of God to all Christians who want to come closer to understanding the awesome holiness of our Lord. – Stacy Oliver, www.ChristianBookPreviews.com
The angels in Isaiah's vision of God s heavenly temple (Isa. 6) used threefold repetition to praise His holiness, the superlative form of emphasis in the Hebrew language. Their cry tells us that nothing is as significant as the holiness of God.
Tragically, the holiness of God has been obscured in our time, and as a result, the church's doctrine and ethics have been tarnished, entertainment has replaced worship in many places, the Gospel is misunderstood and neglected, and the church assimilates itself to the culture instead of seeking to transform it through the preaching of God's Word.
Holy, Holy, Holy: Proclaiming the Perfections of God offers a corrective. Here, the holiness of God is defined, explored, and praised by a lineup of leading evangelical pastors and scholars, who show how it affects our worship, doctrine, and personal walks with Christ.
Adapted from the lectures at the 2009 Ligonier Ministries National Conference, Holy, Holy, Holy unfolds the character of God and the holiness that sets Him apart. Here is high theology in understandable language, bringing deeper knowledge of God and promoting love for Him.