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The One True God is Holy

Day Ten
by Gini Crawford, MSW

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God is holy. This means God is completely separated from sin. He cannot tolerate sin. He punishes sin.

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

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 can only sin. (Psalm 51:3-5; Romans 1:28-32, 3:9-18) 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! I must confess, the number of times I sin in a day far outnumbers Eve's sins in Genesis 3. 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 holiness and sin. In the Old Testament, if anyone got near God's holiness with any sin, even a sin we might think is just an itsy bitsy one, that person in most cases would 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.

God's love through Jesus solved the problem of our sin and God's holiness. Jesus, Who is perfectly holy, and hates sin with His whole being, willingly took the guilt and punishment for our sins upon Himself. Jesus, shedding His blood (His sacrifice) on the cross, appeased or satisfied God's just anger over our sins. (Isaiah 53;6; Romans 5:8-10; 1 Peter 2:24) Jesus' sacrifice gave us complete forgiveness for our sins, and allowed us to be in a close relationship with our holy God. Jesus also permanently set us free from enslavement to sin, so we can be holy.

... To Him (Jesus) who loves us and released us from our sins by His blood... Revelations 1:5 NASB®

As Christians, we are told to be holy. What does holiness look like in our lives? It's a devotion to the One true God. It's also sharing in God's purity; with a determination to abstain from sin, even though we could never be sinless as God is. Mary the mother of Jesus demonstrated holiness in her life. Her song of praise exalts God's holiness and other characteristics.

And Mary said: "My soul exalts the Lord, and my spirit has rejoiced in God my Savior. For He has had regard for the humble state of His bondslave; for behold, from this time on all generations will count me blessed. For the Mighty One has done great things for me; and holy is His name. AND HIS MERCY IS UPON GENERATION AFTER GENERATION TOWARD THOSE WHO FEAR HIM. He has done mighty deeds with His arm; He has scattered those who were proud in the thoughts of their heart. He has brought down rulers from their thrones, and has exalted those who were humble. HE HAS FILLED THE HUNGRY WITH GOOD THINGS; and sent away the rich empty-handed. He has given help to Israel His servant, in remembrance of His mercy..." Luke 1:46-54 NASB®


Life Application:

Read Isaiah 59:1-2; Romans 5:8-11; Ephesians 1:4; Colossians 3:12-14; 2 Timothy 1:9; 1 Peter 1:15-16. We can only be holy through Jesus Christ, but never on our own because of our sin. Write down any insights from these passages. What does God being holy, say about the importance of getting sin out of your life? (1 John 1:5-9) What stops you from sinning? When I want to sin, I remind myself, God abhors sin because He is holy, and that Jesus had to die for my sins - this remembrance does a good job in stopping me from sinning. Don't forget, to ask the Holy Spirit to help you to live a holy life for God. (Jude 19-21)


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