Hervey Bay Presbyterian Church

God’s holiness

It is more characteristic of us to clap our hands with joy than to blush with shame and tears. We saunter up to God to claim his patronage and friendship; it does not occur to us that He might send us away. We need to hear again the apostle Peter’s sobering words: “Since you call on a Father who judges each man’s work impartially, live your lives in reverent fear”  … We learn to appreciate the access to God which Christ has won for us only after we have first seen God’s inaccessibility to sinners.  We can cry ‘Hallelujah’ with authenticity only after we have first cried ‘Woe is me, for I am lost.'”

John Stott, The Cross of Christ

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