The holiness of God is a perfect and unpolluted freedom from all evil.
As we call gold pure that is not embased by any dross, and that garment
clean that is free from any spot, so the nature of God is estranged from all
shadow of evil, all imaginable contagion.
As there is no darkness in his understanding, so there is no spot in his will:
as his mind is possessed with all truth, so there is no deviation in his will
from it. He loves all truth and goodness; he hates all falsity and evil. In
regard of his righteousness, he loves righteousness (Psalm 11:7); “The righteous
Lord loveth righteousness,” and “hath no pleasure in wickedness” (Psalm 5:4).
He values purity in his creatures, and detests all impurity, whether inward or
He is as necessarily holy, as he is necessarily God; as necessarily without sin,
as without change. As he was God from eternity, so he was holy from eternity. he
was gracious, merciful, just in his own nature, and also holy; though no creature
had been framed by him to exercise his grace, mercy, justice, or holiness upon.
If God had not created a world, he had, in his own nature, been Almighty, and
able to create a world. If there never had been anything but himself, yet he
had been omniscient, knowing everything that was within the verge and compass
of his infinite power; so he was pure in his own nature, though he never had
brought forth any rational creature whereby to manifest this purity. These
perfections are so necessary, that the nature of God could not subsist without
– Steven Charnock, The Existence and Attributes of God, pp