God is Holy.

By Pastor David Crossley September 14, 2018

God is Holy

“God is holy. Of all the attributes of God, holiness is the one that most uniquely describes Him. In reality, this is a summarization of all His other attributes. The word holiness refers to His separateness, His otherness, the fact that He is unlike any other being. It indicates His complete and infinite perfection. Holiness is the attribute of God that binds all the others together. Properly understood, it will revolutionize the quality of our worship.”

– John MacArthur.

It is true. God is separate – set apart from all others. He is one to be venerated and placed above all else. Reverencing His holiness will bring us to a higher place in worship. A place that is reached as we humbly realize that we are in the presence of the most holy and unique being existing. According to scripture, the attribute of God that is most radiant is His holiness. Notice Isaiah 6:3,

“One called out to another and said, “Holy, holy, holy, is the Lord of All. The whole earth is full of His shining-greatness.”

This scripture is referencing the heavenly host, who behold the glory of God continually. The sum of their intake of His character, splendor, and power is “Holy, holy, holy”. Angels can worship better than us. They see Him. They know Him greater. We are beholding Him anthropomorphically – through imagery and impressions that describe who and what He is. For instance, God is a spirit. He is an energy. He does not get tired, or need to sit. Yet, the scripture talks about a throne. Does God have legs? Does He need to rule from a throne? No. But He allows these anthropomorphic terms for us to understand that He is in authority above all. But Angels don’t require that. They experience Him without the cloak and veil of the natural. And it is recorded that, when they see Him, their impulse response of worship is to declare His holiness.

Holiness essentially means to be set apart. To be placed higher. This characteristic of God is essential in His dealings with humanity. You see, holiness is not innocence. Innocence means to be unaware of evil. When there is awareness of evil then holiness is possible. God being holy means that He is conscious of the evil that men do, yet He has set His wrath apart from His will for us. He beholds every decrepit debauchery committed be humanity every day, but He, Himself is unchanging and unaffected. He isn’t angrier, or more disappointed, or more awed by the wickedness that we can conceive and accomplish. And His character is not changed by what He beholds. This is where Jesus was trying to steer those that listened to Him. He said in Matthew 15:11,

“What goes into someone’s mouth does not defile them, but what comes out of their mouth, that is what defiles them.”

The subject of holiness was being raised by those who wanted to entrap Jesus in His words. Their understanding of holiness was restricted to the commandments, ordinances, customs, traditions, and rituals that were established by God in their culture. By them, they believed that they could, and had attained holiness. It was all outward. Jesus was introducing a new concept of true holiness which has its origin in the heart. The law that they were attempting to entrap Jesus in was washing before eating. His disciples did not practice that tradition. Jesus took that moment as a teaching lesson to try and transcend their thinking to a much higher law. A law of holiness. What you do or don’t do, what you see, what you hear etc., does not make you any more or less holy. It’s about to what degree are you effected by those things, which will determine what comes out of you.

We must begin to experience life on God’s frequency. He is holy. Defiled by nothing. We too, can be holy and defiled by nothing. There has not been anything that you’ve done in your life that He turned a blind eye to. He’s seen it all! Does that make you feel embarrassed? Well, the good news is He has already made up His mind about you, and that cannot be corrupted by what you have or haven’t done. This is why we should join in with the angels as they proclaim, “Holy, holy, holy”. His ways are set apart from ours and his desire for us is set apart from our sins. Thank God!

pastor david crossley

Pastor David is the Founder and Senior Pastor of Awakening Faith Church in Madison Heights, MI. He is a graduate of Rhema Bible Training Center, and has served in ministry for 18 years.