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The One True God is Holy

Day Ten
by Gini Crawford, MSW

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God is perfectly holy; no one is as holy as He. (1 Samuel 2:2) This means He is completely separated from sin and evil; He is absolutely pure. His holiness cannot tolerate sin. Sin is an abomination to God, which means He can do no less than punish it. Holiness has the idea of devotion to God, purity, being set apart from sin, and sanctifying in it.

...for I the LORD, who sanctifies you, am holy. Leviticus 21:8 NASB®

God's Holiness and our Sin

God's Word teaches us that we all are sinners just like Adam and Eve. This is because we are born with a nature that sins. (Psalm 51:3-5; Romans 3:9-18,23, 5:18-19) It is reasonable to think that it is unfair that what Adam and Eve did thousands of years ago affects us today. The sad truth is, we all would have eaten from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. Additionally James 2:10 tells us, even if we were capable of sinning only once in our lifetime, we would still fall short of God's perfect holiness. I must confess, I sin more than once a day because my thoughts and actions are not always holy. Ouch! (James 2:10) Our sin clearly presented a problem for God. He loved us and wanted to be with us, but He cannot tolerate sin since He is holy. Sad but true, our sin separates us from God. (Isaiah 59:1-2)

God's absolute holiness can have nothing to do with sin. In the Old Testament, if anyone got near God's holy presence with intentional sin, in most cases that person would immediately die. (Leviticus 10:1-3) Even Moses, who God said in Numbers 12 was faithful in all God's household, didn't escape punishment because of his sin. In Numbers 20, God said to Moses that since he didn't treat Him as holy, he would not live to go into the land that God promised. (Deuteronomy 32:48-52)

What does God's holiness mean to you? Does it make you afraid? It makes me afraid, and it should.

In the Old Testament times, people could have "a holiness" if they dedicated themselves to God - this means setting themselves apart to God and abstaining from impurity. But the people still needed to obey all God's laws to be holy, which means they always fall short because of their sin nature (Romand 3:23). It was obvious something needed to be done about sin and God did it.

Jesus Christ solved the problem of our sin and God's holiness. God's holiness and justice demanded punishment for our sins; that punishment is death. (There are two forms of death: Spiritual death which is separation from God, and physical death.) So Jesus, Who is perfectly holy and hates sin with His whole being, willingly took our punishment upon Himself when He died on the cross. Jesus' sacrifice justified us before God, which enabled us to be truly set apart to God, or holy to God. This is called sanctification. Our sanctification allows us to be in close relationship with our holy God, not separated from Him.

...but you were sanctified, but you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and in the Spirit of our God. ... To Him (Jesus) who loves us and released us from our sins by His blood... 1 Corinthians 6:11; Revelation 1:5 NASB®


Life Application:

Our holiness as Christians.

What does holiness look like in our lives? It's a devotion to the One true God, with a commitment to follow His Word. It's also sharing in Godís purity; with a determination to abstain from sin, even though we could never be sinless as God is. Read Ephesians 1:3-4; Colossians 1:21-22; 1 Peter 1:15-16.

Write down your thoughts about God's holiness and your holiness from God.

Sanctification has three parts to it:

  1. We are sanctified (set apart) or made holy at the moment of our salvation, because the Holy Spirit comes to live within us.
  2. As Christians, we experience the process of sanctification which we can call "growing in holiness." This is where the Holy Spirit, with our cooperation, slowly but surely throughout our lives, transforms us into the image of Jesus.
  3. In eternity we will have perfect holiness.

Read 2 Corinthians 3:18; Ephesians 4:20-24; 1 Thessalonians 4:7-8; 2 Thessalonians 2:13-14; Titus 3:5. As a Christian you are made holy through Jesus Christ. You now have a choice - to either allow the Spirit to make your life one of holiness to God, or not.

Do you think you have been cooperating with the Holy Spirit in growing in holiness?


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