No Awareness of the Eternal

We have lost also an awareness of the invisible and eternal. The world is too much with us so that the invisible and the eternal seem to be quite forgotten or at least we are not aware of it. We’re only briefly aware of it when somebody dies. The Church has lost the consciousness of the divine Presence and the concept of majesty.

—A. W. Tozer
The Attributes of God, 1:179.


The Majesty of God

Today, vast stress is laid on the thought that God is personal, but this truth is so stated as to leave the impression that God is a person of same sort as we are—weak, inadequate, ineffective, a little pathetic. But this is not the God of the Bible! Our personal life is a finite thing: it is limited in every direction, in space, in time, in knowledge, in power. But God is not so limited. He is eternal, infinite and almighty. He has us in his hands; we never have him in ours. Like us, he is personal; but unlike us, he is great. In all its constant stress on the reality of God’s personal concern for his people, and on the gentleness, tenderness, sympathy, patience and yearning compassion that he shows toward them, the Bible never lets us lose sight of his majesty and his unlimited dominion over all his creatures.

—J. I. Packer
Knowing God, 83.


Worship Must Be Done Humbly

Worship must be done humbly

It is not worship without humility. They who worship have a deep sense of their own vileness.

In Scripture the saints of the Most High in all their addresses to God, have always low thoughts of themselves. As the centurion, Matt 8:8, ‘Lord, I am not worthy that thou shouldst come under my roof;’ and the great example of faith, Abraham—‘O Lord, I am but dust and ashes,’ Gen 18:27.

When we come to converse with God, it will put us in remembrance of our distance. Rev 5:8, ‘The elders fell down before the Lamb.’ There will be a comparing of ourselves with God.

Alas! what is our drop to his ocean? What is a candle before the sun? The children of God shrink into nothing, whether you respect the benefit they receive, or the glory of God’s presence in worship.

Gen 17:3, when God came to tender his covenant to Abraham, ‘he fell upon his face,’ in humble adoration of God, because of the richness of his bounty.

So when you consider the glory and majesty of God, you must humbly adore in the presence of God.

—Thomas Manton
The Complete Works of Thomas Manton, vol. 13 (London: James Nisbet & Co., 1873), 454.


Sin Casts Contempt

Sin casts contempt on the majesty and greatness of God

The language of it is, that he is a despicable being, not worthy to be honoured or feared; not so great, that his displeasure is worthy to be dreaded; and that his threatenings of wrath are despicable.

The language of sin is, that God’s displeasure is not worthy that the sinner should regard it. The proper vindication of God from this language is, to show, by the experience of the event, the infinite dreadfulness of that slighted displeasure. …

The majesty of God requires this vindication

When the majesty of God has such contempt cast upon it, and is trodden down in the dust by vile sinners, it is not fit that this infinite and glorious majesty should be left under this contempt; but that it should be vindicated wholly from it; that it should be raised perfectly from the dust wherein it is trodden, by something opposite to the contempt, which is equivalent to it, or of weight sufficient to balance it; either an equivalent punishment, or an equivalent sorrow and repentance. So that sin must be punished with an infinite punishment.

Sin casts contempt on the infinite glory and excellency of God. The language of it is, that God is not an excellent being, but an odious one; and therefore, that it is no heinous thing to hate him.

—Jonathan Edwards
The Works of Jonathan Edwards, vol. 2, 567.

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