Broken Cistern | The mystery of Christ’s holiness
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The mystery of Christ’s holiness

Excerpt taken from Crossway’s blog: The Reason We Don’t Feel the Weight of Our Sin:

“Just as the purer a heart, the more horrified at evil, so also the purer a heart, the more it is naturally drawn out to help and relieve and protect and comfort, whereas a corrupt heart sits still, indifferent. So with Christ. His holiness finds evil revolting, more revolting than any of us ever could feel. But it is that very holiness that also draws his heart out to help and relieve and protect and comfort. To those who do belong to him, sins evoke holy longing, holy love, holy tenderness. In the key text on divine holiness, that holiness flows naturally and immediately into forgiveness and mercy.”

This is profound. See this in action in Isaiah 6:1-7

“Holy, holy, holy is the Lord of hosts;
the whole earth is full of his glory!”

Isaiah 6:3

My horrific sin:
And the foundations of the thresholds shook at the voice of him who called, and the house was filled with smoke. 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!”

Christ draws near:
Then one of the seraphim flew to me, having in his hand a burning coal that he had taken with tongs from the altar. And he touched my mouth and said: “Behold, this has touched your lips; your guilt is taken away, and your sin atoned for.”

That’s a new lesson for me. Even though Christ is so holy, His perfect holiness means that He can’t stand sin remaining, and is committed to getting rid of it. That’s an amazing Saviour.


This theme keeps coming up tonight. Not only in this article, but also in the song. I’ve been constantly listening to to YouTube music – Sovereign grace:

Come, O sinner, come and mourn
For He calls your sin His own
Do you feel the weight of justice served?
He suffers the wrath that you deserve
Come, O sinner, come and mourn
For He bears the curse for all you’ve done

Oh the wonder of this awesome scene
Where our Savior bleeds
Oh the power of the love of God
Come and stand in awe

Jesus died, so that we could die to sin. Jesus lives, so that we can live for righteousness:

“He himself bore our sins” in his body on the cross, so that we might die to sin and live for righteousness; “by his wounds you have been healed.”

1 Peter 2:24

Is Christ did rise from the dead, then He can rise me from the dead. He bore my sins – and now I must live for righteousness.

“He who has been forgiven much, loves much. That’s true for any form of forgiveness from my wife and from God – I have sinned so much, yet I shall love much if I am forgiven much!