Wholly Holy

April 7, 2009 at 11:13 am | Posted in A Little Alliteration | 24 Comments
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When we speak of the “holiness” of God, we often focus on the idea of “cleanliness” and “freedom from defiling sin.” This is sometimes referred to as “living a holy life.” However, this is only part of the meaning of the complex idea of what the Bible means when it says that God is “holy.”

The word “holy” was originally derived from a root word which had a connotation of “cutting” (setting apart) and “culling” (removal from). This helps give a fuller understanding of God’s holiness. Not only is He perfect and completely free from sin, but He is utterly unique. Our Creator is not like any of His creations. Man is created in God’s image, but we are just that: an image.

In Leviticus Chapter 22 God calls priests from among His people to be set apart – in special cleansing rites, in devotion to Him, and in abstinence from unclean activities.

And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying, Speak unto Aaron and to his sons, that they separate themselves from the holy things of the children of Israel, and that they profane not my holy name in those things which they hallow unto me: I am the LORD. Say unto them, Whosoever he be of all your seed among your generations, that goeth unto the holy things, which the children of Israel hallow unto the LORD, having his uncleanness upon him, that soul shall be cut off from my presence: I am the LORD. What man soever of the seed of Aaron is a leper, or hath a running issue; he shall not eat of the holy things, until he be clean. And whoso toucheth any thing that is unclean by the dead, or a man whose seed goeth from him…

Leviticus 22:1-4

Christians today are “royal priests.” (I Peter 2:9) Are you motivated by love for God to keep yourself from uncleanness, from the defilement caused by breaking His law? Do you have a righteous fear of the Lord, recognizing His complete uniqueness, majesty, power, and perfection? Our God is not the “Man Upstairs” or our “Co-Pilot.” He is the all-powerful, omniscient King of glory.


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