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A Glimpse Of God's Holiness By What He Excludes
 
We get a glimpse of God's holiness by looking into what He accepts into His Presence or Holy Heaven. But not only that - we also get a glimpse by examining what or who He does not allow. The New Testament portion of the Pulpit Commentary says it so well - "The perfect holiness of the city is rendered more conspicuous by the denial of entrance to all abomination."
 
"Absolute truthfulness and perfect purity, without any admixture of defilement at all, these are what God requires in all who cross the threshold of His home above."
- Biblical Illustrator - New Testament
 
"The camp had to be holy because the Lord was in the midst of it. All that defiled belonged outside of it."
- Unger's Commentary On The Old Testament
 
"There are none admitted into heaven who work abominations."
"The purity of the church must be as carefully consulted and preserved as the peace and order of it. It is requisite...that every polluted Israelite be separated from it."
"The greater profession of religion(Christianity)any house or family make the more they are obliged to put away iniquity far from their tabernacle. The person, the place in the midst of which God dwells, must not be defiled; for, if it be, He will be affronted, offended, and provoked to withdraw."
- all of the above quotes are from Matthew Henry
 
Revelation 21:27 plainly states - "And there shall in no wise enter into it any thing that defileth, neither whatsoever worketh abomination, or maketh a lie: but they which are written in the Lamb's book of life." Here we see who is allowed into heaven and who is not. Notice that it is not a guessing game with God. Nor should it be with us. This matter is simply too important for people to slip on by saying - "I hope so..." when it comes to their eternal soul. There are those who will be admitted into heaven, and then there are those who will be excluded from it. It is best to know now on which side you stand.  
 
God excludes - "any thing that defileth"...whatsoever worketh abomination"...and "whatever...maketh a lie." Please note that He introduced this list with the following words - "And there shall in no wise enter..." In other words, He was saying - "By no means" or "on no account" will these ever be allowed into heaven. These words of introduction denote the absolute exclusion of these kind from God's Holy Presence.
 
"any thing that defileth" - includes anything that is unclean, unholy, unhallowed, and sinful. That includes the impure person who turns the grace of God into lasciviousness in order to accommodate his sinful lifestyle. It includes all evil works, thoughts, and actions. It also includes the profane sinner whose mind and conscience are defiled and whose conversation is defiling.
 
"whatsoever worketh abomination" - Whoever commits sin - lives in the course of wickedness or is guilty of making and serving idols - is an abomination in the sight of God.
 
"maketh a lie" - This entails embracing and propagating lies as well as delivering that which is false with the intention to deceive. It includes everything that is not real, erroneous, conceited, hollow, and pretentious as well as every one loving and doing a lie and propagating false doctrine. 
 
Said plainly - No impure thing is allowed to approach the Pure. No person, tendency, leaning, inclination, or will to sin can gain admission. No wish or desire towards that which is unclean will ever be found in the perfect city of God. Nor will you ever find unholy anger, a hasty temper, or a malicious mind. No thought of evil will ever be conceived there, nor will any sinful act be performed there.  
 
Only true and holy saints who have been washed in the Blood of the Lamb will gain entrance.
 
Are you getting the picture that God is a God of exclusion? His holiness certainly excludes.
 
Let's look at some other Scriptures that give this same impression.
 
In Leviticus 13:46, we read about the leper who was isolated from the camp because he was ritually "unclean" - "All the days wherein the plague shall be in him he shall be defiled; he is unclean: he shall dwell alone; without the camp shall his habitation be." A leper was considered to be "defiled" or an "unclean" person. Everything or everyone who came in contact with him was immediately polluted. Hence, he had to live apart in a separate house or apartment to prevent infecting others. 
 
In Numbers 5:1-3, we read about how the "unclean" was shut out of the camp. God's Presence in the midst of them demanded holiness and separation from that which was "defiling" - "And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying, Command the children of Israel, that they put out of the camp every leper, and every one that hath an issue, and whosoever is defiled by the dead: Both male and female shall ye put out, without the camp shall ye put them; that they defile not their camps, in the midst whereof I dwell."
 
In Numbers 12:14-15, we read how even Miriam the prophetess was shut out of the camp because she had sinned in speaking against her brother Moses and became leprous as a result - "...let her be shut out from the camp seven days...And Miriam was shut out from the camp seven days: and the people journeyed not till Miriam was brought in again."
 
In Isaiah 35:8, we read how the "unclean" - the defiled in the way or any idolater - are not found on this path - "And a highway shall be there, and a way, and it shall be called The way of holiness; the unclean shall not pass over it..." The "way of holiness" is the way of the Lord...the way of the Holy One...the holy way...or the way of separation from the world. Those who walk this path stay clear of being molested by this evil world. They are sanctified by the Spirit and by the grace of God.
 
In Isaiah 52:1, we find that the impure, unconverted, and unholy were not allowed into "the holy city" - "Awake, awake; put on thy strength, O Zion; put on thy beautiful garments, O Jerusalem, the holy city: for henceforth there shall no more come into thee the uncircumcised and the unclean."
                                                                                 
Once again, in Joel 3:17, we see God's desire for the Church - being that the profane or unclean person would not be found in it - "So shall ye know that I am the LORD your God dwelling in Zion, my holy mountain: then shall Jerusalem be holy, and there shall no strangers pass through her any more."
 
Lastly, in Matthew 13:41, we read of the angels gathering out of God's kingdom - "...all things that offend, and them which do iniquity" These are the ones who are authors of divisions and offenses...proved a stumbling block to others...do nothing but iniquity... secretly or openly are workers of iniquity...and are doing iniquity while professing Christianity. 
 
There is no doubt about it - God's Holiness excludes.
 
1 Corinthians 6:9 says - "Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived..."
Galatians 5:19-21 says - "Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness, Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies, Envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God."
Ephesians 5:5 adds - "For this ye know, that no whoremonger, nor unclean person, nor covetous man, who is an idolater, hath any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and of God."
 
In light of these Scriptures, consider the words of Pastor Henry once again -
 
"There are none admitted into heaven who work abominations."
"The purity of the church must be as carefully consulted and preserved as the peace and order of it. It is requisite...that every polluted Israelite be separated from it."
"The greater profession of religion(Christianity)any house or family make the more they are obliged to put away iniquity far from their tabernacle. The person, the place in the midst of which God dwells, must not be defiled; for, if it be, He will be affronted, offended, and provoked to withdraw."

Take note of these words especially -

"...It is requisite...that every polluted Israelite be separated from it."
"...The person, the place in the midst of which God dwells, must not be defiled..."
 
So we ask you - can others tell that you are holy or walking in holiness by your denial of entrance to all abominations into your tabernacle - whether it be your home or your soul?
 
We get a glimpse of God's holiness by what He doesn't allow. We also get a glimpse of how much you understand His holiness by what you don't allow into your life.
 
Have you placed outside of your camp everything that - "defileth"..."worketh abomination"...and "maketh a lie"?  
                                                                 
 
May God Bless His Word.
Connie