God’s Holiness

The word “holy” appears 612 times in the King James version of the Bible. In the King James Version of the Bible, the word ‘holiness’ appears 43 times. But what does the word mean? What does it mean to us as believers of Christ?


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Literally, it means “set apart” as in “consecrated to God”.

There is a lot of discussion on the internet about the church being Christ centered. After all, He is the one that allowed us to be free from the bondage of sin; He has set the captives free.

What believers need to know is that the Man-God Jesus was in a relationship with His Father, our Heavenly Father. We need to know who His Father is or we will have a distorted view of the son.

God, the Father IS holy. All things are set apart from Him. Our relationship with him only comes through the grace of the blood that Jesus shed. The Father sees us through that blood. We are not holy. We are not representatives of holiness. God, the Father is. It is God’s holiness that sets Him apart from everything else, and it is our holiness that sets us apart and makes us distinctive from the world.

When I read modern theology holy is a word I am finding, missing from the lexicon. I am missing that God IS holy and from that, we are set apart. As believers, Jesus is many things to us, friend, brother, saviour, confident. Christ is the son, representing/manifesting the Father in the flesh.
We are called to be holy like our Father God is holy. We are called to be set apart from the world, to belong to the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. As they reside in us, we reside in them. Leviticus 20:26: “Thus you are to be holy to Me, for I the Lord am holy; and I have set you apart from the peoples to be Mine.”

I know and realize that I fall extremely short of being holy. I stumble and trip over my own two left feet. As I turn to Jesus to lift me up, ultimately, it is the Father that through my relationship with His son, forgives me as a son. It is Jesus that intercedes for me to the Father.
I am grateful for the Trinity and all of its wonderful mysteries. I am excited that as the prodigal son, my Father ran down the road to embrace me. I am honoured to be a part of such a great family.

I want to be holy. I want to be the man Jesus believed enough in to die for. All I can do is keep trying. That’s all any of can do and find rest in the comfort of the Cross, of Jesus and the Father and the Spirit.