HOLINESS OF GOD
Is the purity and rectitude of his nature. It is an essential attribute of God, and what is the glory, lustre, and harmony of all his other perfections, Ps. 27:4. Exod. 15:11. He could not be God without it, Deut. 32:4. It is infinite and unbounded; it cannot be increased or diminished. Immutable and invariable, Mal. 3:6. God is originally holy; he is so of and in himself, and the author and promoter of all holiness among his creatures. The holiness of God is visible by his works; he made all things holy, Gen. 1:31. By his providences, all which are to promote holiness in the end, Heb. 12:10. By his grace, which influences the subjects of it to be holy, Tit. 2:10, 12. By his word, which commands it, 1 Pet. 1:15. By his ordinances, which he hath appointed for that end, Jer. 44:4,5. By the punishment of sin in the death of Christ, Is. 53. and by the eternal punishment of it in wicked men, Matt. 25. last verse.
Charles Buck (1771-1815) was an English Independent minister, best known for the publication of his “Theological Dictionary”. According to the “Dictionary of National Biography”, a Particular Baptist minister named John C. Ryland (1723-1792) assisted Buck by writing many of the articles for the aforementioned publication. One may conclude, based not only Buck’s admiration for his friend Ryland, but also on the entries in his Theological Dictionary, that he stood head and shoulders with the High-Calvinists of his day.