One of the main ways that God is set-apart unto Himself (holy) is that God alone is sovereign. To be sovereign is to be unrestricted in power and absolute domination, confessing no limitations or restraints ( greek/1203.htm). In layman’s terms this means that God is in control, totally and completely in control of everything, everywhere, all the time. As the Bible says, “…He does according to his will among the hosts of heaven and among the inhabitants of the earth, and none can stay his hand or say to him, “What have you done?” (Daniel 4:35). Unlike all created entities (angels, humans, animals, everything but God), God is not dependent upon any outside source for anything at all. God never has to ask permission. God never needs help, aid, council, approval, or affirmation: He does what He wants to do, when He wants to do it, how He wants to do it, and He does it despite how people may feel about it. Only God is sovereign; because only God has absolute and unrestricted, unlimited power and domination. For this reason, King David prayed, “Yours, O LORD, is the greatness and the power and the glory and the victory and the majesty, for all that is in the heavens and in the earth is yours. Yours is the kingdom, O LORD, and you are exalted as head above all. In your hand are power and might, and in your hand it is to make great and to give strength to all” (1 Chronicles 29:11).

Since God is holy in every way possible; God is glorious in the most possible way. To say that God is glorious means that God is worthy of fame and admiration; that God has striking beauty and splendor that evokes feelings of delighted admiration in us. God’s glory is the overflowing radiance and the brilliance of the holiness of God (i.e., the set-apart-ness of God) which calls forth our worship, admiration, and praise of God[i]. God’s glory is generated by the surpassing magnificence, beauty, and value of Who God is in all of His perfect characteristics. His perfect love, His sovereignty, His patience, His kindness, His wisdom, His loveliness, and all of His other perfections make God desirable, delightful, pleasing, admirable, and glorious. That is why in God’s throne room, the great seraphim cry out, “Holy, holy, holy is the Lord of hosts; the whole earth is full of his glory!”(Isaiah 6:3).[ii]

God created everything that exists in order to manifest (or to make known) His glory. All matter was created to give us a small glimpse, a physical picture, of the incomprehensible greatness of who God is. Do you think that fruit is sweet? God is sweeter than the sweetest of fruit. Do you think that the sun is dazzlingly brilliant? God is dazzlingly brighter still. Do you think cool water is refreshing on a hot summer’s day? God is more refreshing than a thousand thirst-quenching mountain springs. Do you think that the ocean is vast? The vastness of God is greater still. Do you think that the universe is large? It is nothing in comparison to the greatness of God. So you see, matter matters because of what it shows us about God.