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What does Holiness mean?

  • ancient word
    • Hebrew: qadowsh—sacred, holy, Holy One, saint, set apart
    • Greek: hagios—most holy thing, a saint; hagios is also used for sanctification
  • not following our passions so we can be like God in our conduct
    • I Peter 1:14-16—As obedient children, do not be conformed to the passions of your former ignorance, 15 but as he who called you is holy, you also be holy in all your conduct, 16 since it is written, “You shall be holy, for I am holy.”

God’s Holiness

  • what God’s holiness physically looks like
    • Isaiah 6:1-4—In the year that King Uzziah died I saw the Lord sitting upon a throne, high and lifted up; and the train of his robe filled the temple. 2 Above him stood the seraphim. Each had six wings: with two he covered his face, and with two he covered his feet, and with two he flew. 3 And one called to another and said: “Holy, holy, holy is the LORD of hosts; the whole earth is full of his glory!” 4 And the foundations of the thresholds shook at the voice of him who called, and the house was filled with smoke.
  • Holiness is God’s righteousness.
    • Isaiah 5:16—But the LORD of hosts is exalted in justice, and the Holy God shows himself holy in righteousness.
  • Holiness is God’s Name.
    • Isaiah 57:15—For thus says the One who is high and lifted up, who inhabits eternity, whose name is Holy: “I dwell in the high and holy place, and also with him who is of a contrite and lowly spirit, to revive the spirit of the lowly, and to revive the heart of the contrite.
    • Luke 1:35,49—And the angel answered her, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you; therefore the child to be born will be called holy–the Son of God… 49 for he who is mighty has done great things for me, and holy is his name.

Why Holiness is Important

  • God protects His holy Name.
    • Ezekiel 36:20-21—But when they came to the nations, wherever they came, they profaned my holy name, in that people said of them, ‘These are the people of the LORD, and yet they had to go out of his land.’ 21 But I had concern for my holy name, which the house of Israel had profaned among the nations to which they came.
  • God acts because of His holy Name.
    • Ezekiel 36:22—Therefore say to the house of Israel, Thus says the Lord GOD: It is not for your sake, O house of Israel, that I am about to act, but for the sake of my holy name, which you have profaned among the nations to which you came.
  • God chose us to be holy.
    • I Peter 2:5-9—you yourselves like living stones are being built up as a spiritual house, to be a holy priesthood, to offer spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ. 6 For it stands in Scripture: “Behold, I am laying in Zion a stone, a cornerstone chosen and precious, and whoever believes in him will not be put to shame.” 7 So the honor is for you who believe, but for those who do not believe, “The stone that the builders rejected has become the cornerstone,” 8 and “A stone of stumbling, and a rock of offense.” They stumble because they disobey the word, as they were destined to do. 9 But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light.
    • Isaiah 62:12—And they shall be called The Holy People, The Redeemed of the LORD; and you shall be called Sought Out, A City Not Forsaken.

We must be Holy

  • because God is Holy
    • Leviticus 11:44-45—For I am the LORD your God. Consecrate yourselves therefore, and be holy, for I am holy. You shall not defile yourselves with any swarming thing that crawls on the ground. 45 For I am the LORD who brought you up out of the land of Egypt to be your God. You shall therefore be holy, for I am holy.”
    • Revelation 4:8—And the four living creatures, each of them with six wings, are full of eyes all around and within, and day and night they never cease to say, “Holy, holy, holy, is the Lord God Almighty, who was and is and is to come!”
    • Psalms 30:4—Sing praises to the LORD, O you his saints, and give thanks to his holy name.
    • Isaiah 40:25—To whom then will you compare me, that I should be like him? says the Holy One.
  • because we are sinful and in need of atonement
    • Isaiah 6:3-7—And one called to another and said: “Holy, holy, holy is the LORD of hosts; the whole earth is full of his glory!” 4 And the foundations of the thresholds shook at the voice of him who called, and the house was filled with smoke. 5 And I said: “Woe is me! For I am lost; for I am a man of unclean lips, and I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips; for my eyes have seen the King, the LORD of hosts!” 6 Then one of the seraphim flew to me, having in his hand a burning coal that he had taken with tongs from the altar. 7 And he touched my mouth and said: “Behold, this has touched your lips; your guilt is taken away, and your sin atoned for.”
  • because we can’t see God otherwise
    • Hebrews 12:14—Make every effort to live in peace with all men and to be holy; without holiness no one will see the Lord.