God is not our peer

Many people interact with God as if He were their equal.  They may not say it in those terms, but they think very little of Him or they treat Him with such indifference or irreverence that it’s true in their hearts.  

But God has not revealed Himself to us as a peer.  Not only is it that we are not equal with Him, but no one and nothing are equal with Him.  In Hannah’s prayer, she declares,

There is none holy like the LORD: for there is none besides you; there is no rock like our God.

Holy means set apart.  There is no one as set apart as the LORD.  There is none besides Him, no comparison.  And there is no rock like our God.  Rock often referred to deity, even the false gods of the other nations.  And none were in the same league as God, even if they were real.  

Why the three different statements?  Hannah is using parallelism here, with all three statements supporting the main idea, strengthening it with each addition.  The LORD is holy.  Very holy.  Very very holy.  

What does His holiness imply for our lives?  The next verse:

Talk no more so very proudly,

let not arrogance come from your mouth;

for the LORD is a God of knowledge,

and by him actions are weighed.

While God gives us access to Himself through faith in Jesus, such access is not license to over-familiarity and arrogance.  No, His holiness still demands a humility and awe before Him.  As Steven Lawson says, 

No one struts through the narrow gate, self-confident and erect, but enters humbled and bowed low.

May God’s holy, holy holiness cause our hearts to fear Him in love. 


15 thoughts on “God is not our peer

  1. Hello dear friend, Something happened after the Old Testament era. Jesus, the Son of God became flesh and dwelt among us, he sacrificed His life for us. Why?
    So that we, unworthy and unholy humans that were separated from God because of sin could be restored back to God. Jesus paid the price for us to become one with God.
    While this seems and sounds outrageous it is true and is revealed in the New Testament. We are saved by God’s grace and through faith in Him (Ephesians 2:8).
    Jesus said I will abide in you and you in me. Through the blood of Christ we have been made holy once and for all (Hebrews 10:10).
    Paul explained that Christ is the head and we are the body (members) of Christ.To call Jesus’s body unholy is like calling Jesus unholy.
    True we are not God, that is why we are not the head, but for those who believe Jesus Christ is their Savior, they have truly been made as holy as Jesus. Anything less
    would be demeaning to Christ.God wants us to part-take in a relationship where He no longer calls us slaves but friends, sons and daughters. What has God to do with unholiness?
    Why will He allow unholiness to cling to Him? Which is why He clothes us (who have made Him our Savior) with His robe of righteousness (Revelations 7:9).

      1. Dear friend, We are a spirit, a soul and a body. In our Spirit we are holy as God and Jesus because they dwell there. Our soul and body are yet to be perfected and this will happen in our resurrected bodies. But the point is we should walk in the spirit because the matter of sin in our body has been dealt with by Jesus. How can we be called saints if God wants us to focus on our sins? The more we focus on sins the more we commit them, the more we focus on the Spirit the more we live out God’s love.

      2. Thanks for interacting, Delon. We are definitely made holy in Christ. But would you say that we are now equal with God in holiness? And if so, what Bible passages would you use to support that? Thanks in advance!

      3. Dear friend, It is human tendency to think of levels of sinfulness and holiness. There is no such concept. Either you are holy or you are not. Either you sin or not. I would again urge you to visit 1 Corinthians Chapter 12 and Ephesians Chapter 5, where Paul talks about we being members of the body of Christ and Christ is the head. The head cannot be holy and the body unholy. Either call both the head and the body holy or both unholy. Thank you.

      4. Is it true that there are no levels of holiness? Consider for example that many things are called holy, but no one is called holy, holy, holy except God. And even though the Angels are holy, it is still said that God is set apart from even them

      5. Repeating the word “holy” does not mean you are taken to a new level of “being holy”. God is supreme and sovereign, He is the creator, so yes He is set apart from them because He created them, just as He created us. But we all share in His holiness. That’s the beauty and mind-boggling thing about His grace.

      6. God has His place as the creator of this universe, But when God chooses to do with us as He pleases why would anyone want to complain. Now He has chosen us to be one with Him in Spirit 1 Corinthians 6:17

      7. Yes very much now. Either you believe that the Holy Spirit of God dwells in you now or you don’t. If He dwells in you now, then you are holy now in your spirit. 1 Peter 2:9 says You are a royal priesthood, a holy nation and not you are going to be a royal priesthood, a holy nation.

  2. I guess, more to the point, are you as glorious as God? As righteous and just? As compassionate and merciful? As faithful? If the answer is no, then indeed God is still set apart from us, even though He has made us holy in Him

  3. The answer is Yes. Quoting from 1 Jn 4:17 “Love has been perfected among us in this: that we may have boldness in the day of judgment; because as He is, so are we in this world.” (Not in the next life i.e. the life to come, but right now in this life). We don;t want to believe this scripture because we can see many faults & mistakes in our lives, but that’s who we are in the flesh not in the spirit. When we look into the spirit we are truly one with Him. Our identity is who God has transformed us into in the spirit. You can either call yourself a sinner (by looking at your flesh) or a saint (by looking at who you are in the spirit). I suggest you read Spirit, Soul & Body by Andrew Wommack for a better understanding. It will blow your mind with joy to learn what God has done for you. Here’s a link to the audio teaching.(http://www.awme.net/audio/spiritsoulandbody)

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