A few days ago we discussed what holiness is. The definition of holiness in the Merriam Webster Dictionary is: exalted or worth of complete devotion as one perfect in goodness and righteousness. We also saw that if someone is holy they are separate. So what does this mean? And how does it relate to God?
In the Bible, God is called holy many many times. This is a common word used to describe Him. There are many popular Christian songs that sing “holy, holy, holy, is the Lord God Almighty” and that shout out His holiness. God’s Holiness is seen in so many ways throughout the Bible and today. There are two main parts to holiness that I want to talk about today, how He is separate, and how He is loving.
God is separate from all of his creation. He is unlike us. He is perfect in being and has no faults. We, His creation, are full of sin. This is something that distinguishes Him from His creation.
But just because we are full of sin doesn’t mean God doesn’t love us. He loves us a thousand times over. In fact, this is a whole other attribute of God. But in the definition of holiness is the word righteousness. This ties directly into His love. Being righteous means that He is morally right and justifiable. Because of this, He is the ultimate judge of sin. He decides what is right, what is wrong, and how to punish.
This was something I used to be scared of when I was little. I thought he was some big bad judge in the sky who wanted to punish me. But that’s not true at all! He is so incredibly loving and caring. He hates that we sin and He is completely separate from sin. He can not look at it or take part in it. But he forgives us of our sin. He even sent His Son to die for us and take on the punishment of our sin. That is the ultimate act of being righteous while being loving.
These are just two of the ways that God is Holy. In this series we will dig deep into all the ways that God is Holy through His Creation, His Son, His Judgements, and more.