“It is fatally easy to think of God’s holiness simply as a mode of God’s sheer otherness and transcendence – that is, as the opposite of relational; as concerned, not with God *with* us, but with God *apart from* us.
But to follow that path is radically to misunderstand the biblical testimony.
The holiness of God is not to be identified simply as that which distances God from us; rather, God is holy precisely as the one who in majesty and freedom and sovereign power bends down to us in mercy. “
~ John Webster