God is 100% holy.
“But though art holy, O thou that inhabitest the praises of Israel.” Psalm 22:3
“I will also praise thee with the psaltery, even thy truth, O my God: unto thee will I sing with the harp, O thou Holy One of Israel.” Psalm 71:22
“For the LORD is our defence; and the Holy One of Israel is our king.” Psalm 89:18
“Exalt the LORD our God, and worship at his holy hill; for the LORD our God is holy.” Psalm 99:9
There is no doubt that God is absolutely, completely, and perfectly holy. These are only a few references. The word ‘holy’ appears 611 times in the King James Bible. God is so holy that there are beings in Heaven who’s sole and only purpose are to continually praise and worship God and proclaim His holiness.
“In the year that king Uzziah died I saw also the Lord sitting upon a throne, high and lifted up, and his train filled the temple. Above it stood the seraphims: each one had six wings; with twain he covered his face, and with twain he covered his feet, and with twain he did fly. And one cried unto another, and said, Holy, holy, holy, is the Lord of hosts: the whole earth is full of his glory.” Isaiah 6:1-3
God is so holy that He cannot be anywhere near sin. Sin cannot come into His presence because He is so holy and perfect. It is completely impossible for God and sin to be anywhere near each other. It simply cannot happen. They cannot reside in the same place. Anything that comes into His presence must be perfect and clean, just like Him. Everything surrounding Him is perfect. Nothing, anywhere near him, is sinful or wrong or twisted. If anything wants to come before Him, it must first be searched and found clean and pure. Then, and only then, can it come into His sight.
God is 100% love.
“That Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith; that ye, being rooted and grounded in love, May be able to comprehend with all saints what the breadth and length and depth and height; And to know the love of Christ, which passeth knowledge, that ye might be filled with all the fullness of God.” Ephesians 3:17-19
“Be ye therefore followers of God, as dear children; And walk in love, as Christ also hath loved us…” Ephesians 5:1-2a.
“And the Lord direct your hearts into the love of God, and into the patient waiting for Christ.” 2 Thessalonians 3:5
God is wholly and completely, utterly, the epitome of love. If there was no God, there would not be love of any kind. Without God, feelings and emotions would be gone. There would be nothing. God is the supreme Father and He was the first one to love. He cannot not love His children and His creation. As the perfect Father, He wants to pour out blessings on His children and fulfill their wants and needs, and take care of them, and keep them safe from any harm that might come to them. He wants to gather them in His arms and show His love to them in ways they could not even imagine.
God is 100% just and righteous.
“For I the LORD love judgment, I hate robbery for burnt offering; and I will direct their work in truth, and I will make an everlasting covenant with them.” Isaiah 61:8
“For the righteous LORD loveth righteousness; his countenance doth behold the upright.” Psalm 11:7
“Righteous art thou, O LORD, and upright are thy judgments.” Psalm 119: 137
In His perfect righteousness, God cannot bear to see the sin of the world. In His Holiness He cannot be near it, in his righteousness, he cannot let it continue. As righteous Judge, He must punish sin and those who do it. He cannot let it get away without punishment. He has to condemn it.
Sin only has one punishment that can appease God’s righteousness; there is a Lake of eternally burning Fire created for the Devil and his angels. But God also has to send sin and sinners there because it is the only sentence He can give that will satisfy His righteousness.
In God’s Holiness He cannot be near sin.
In His love He loves sinners despite of sin.
In His righteousness He has no choice but to punish sin.
His Holiness prevents any sinner from coming into his presence.
His love wants to breach that gap between Him and the people He created.
His righteousness demands that a price be paid for the sin of the world.
If He were to send every single sinner to Hell, His Holiness and His righteousness would be appeased. If He were to let sinners into Heaven His love would be fulfilled but his Holiness and righteousness would be tainted.
His righteousness cannot let sin be unpunished. His love wants to save us from that damnation. His Holiness is perfect enough to reach between the two and provide the Perfect Answer.
Because God is Holy and Perfect, He IS the Answer. Being Holy and Perfect, He can appease His righteousness by taking that punishment for sin upon Himself. Because of His love for us, He is willing to do whatever it takes to cross that divide and have renewed fellowship with His people.
Because of His Holiness, in His love He was able to take our place and pay the price His righteousness demanded be paid. He gave His very self that He might save us from an eternal Hell and bring us into His Holy presence once we are clean through His taking of our place in the judgment.
He executed the Judgment. He took the Judgment. He fulfilled the Judgment.
But there’s one catch.
You must fully believe that He took your place, and put your trust in Him that He did take your place, before you can enter into His Holy presence. Knowing what He did is not enough. You must personally believe in your heart that He did, and ask Him to allow and bring you into His presence, before He will.
He took your place. But if you do not believe He did, and tell Him that you believe, and ask Him to take you to Heaven to live in His Holy presence, His righteousness still has to condemn you to hell. Without accepting and being washed clean through His substitution, He may as well have never died for you, because He still has to send you to Hell.
His love doesn’t want to have to do that.
His Holiness cannot allow you into Heaven otherwise.
His righteousness accepted His own substitution in your place.
All you have to do is believe.