God’s love and holiness

“God is love (1 John 4:8) and God is holy (1 Peter 1:16). He is neither more loving than he is holy, nor more holy than loving. God’s love is holy, and his holiness is love. He is holy love and loving holiness.”

“Love without holiness becomes a squishy sentimentality, and holiness without love becomes an unholy focus on keeping the rules.”

In Romans 9-11 “Paul pondered how a loving and just God could save Jacob but not Esau, and after wrestling with the issue he concluded that he could only bow before the mystery of God. God is both loving and just, though he could not explain how. Paul simply worshiped: ‘Oh, the depth of the riches of the wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable his judgments, and his paths beyond tracing out!’ (Romans 11:33).”

Michael E Wittmer, Christ Alone, 2011, pp 17-18

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