Key Verse: Day after day and night after night they keep on saying, “Holy, holy, holy is the Lord God, the Almighty—the one who always was, who is, and who is still to come.” Revelation 4:8

Our God is pure, holy and completely uncontaminated from the wickedness and sin that has befallen the human race. God’s holiness is something that can be hard to grasp because everything that we can lay our eyes on in this fallen world is defiled. The term “holy” is often misunderstood in our modern language, The word holy originates from a word meaning, ‘to cut,’ or ‘to separate.’ Perhaps similarly to how we use the expression that something or someone is ‘a cut above the rest.’

Examples of the holiness of God can be found throughout the Bible. Moses removed his sandals in the Lord’s presence. When bringing the ark back from the Philistines, a man named Uzzah touched it and immediately dropped dead because the holiness of the Lord cannot be defiled. When God gave Isaiah a dramatic revelation of His holiness.The vision of the God’s holiness caused Isaiah to confess his utter sinfulness. In seeing how holy God was, Isaiah recognized how unholy he stood. Isaiah 6:5 “Then I said, “It’s all over! I am doomed, for I am a sinful man. I have filthy lips, and I live among a people with filthy lips. Yet I have seen the King, the LORD of Heaven’s Armies.”

Let us remember that God’s holiness is something to be celebrated. We serve a God in whom resides the source of all love, grace and truth. The fear of the Lord (or reverence) comes when we recognize His holiness. Psalm 128:1 says,  “Blessed are all who fear the LORD, who walk in obedience to him.” An understanding of God’s holiness will cause us to hate sin. Further Scripture teaches because God is holy, we who are His people must be holy too (See Ephesians 1:4 and 1 Peter 4:16). This is the wonder of the gospel, we perceive God’s holiness, it causes us to recognize our sin and unrighteousness, and to trust in Christ’s death on our behalf, resulting in new birth. Our sins are forgiven, and our unholiness cleansed. 2 Corinthians 5:21 declares, “For God made Christ, who never sinned, to be the offering for our sin, so that we could be made right with God through Christ.”

 

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