When my daughter turned 3, oftentimes we see her gather objects and instruct them the same way her teacher talks in class. She would even call them names of her friends and push pencils into shoes or plates to make them read and write. Looks strange? The girl is not seeing those objects as lifeless, she’s seeing her friends and only continuing the wonderful moments they shared in class!
Your life is not defined by what you’re currently living of it, it’s what God has defined it to be. If there’s a gap between the two, checking God’s definition is your best choice. So is the subject of Holiness. Holiness is not what you’ve defined it to be, it’s what God says it is.
Popular religion limits the discussion of Holiness and equates it to morality, to the extent, many unbelievers can boast to be holier than many Christians. Of course we know that God is too holy to behold sin, but God is also so Holy that an attempt to understand the depth of his holiness, will immediately dwarf all our self definition of Holiness and prove to us that our self righteousness are simply filthy rags before him – Isaiah 64:6!
So, what is Holiness? Holiness is God’s Holiness. God is Holiness, or how can I even put it? Holiness is God. Holiness is not just an attribute of God. It’s his nature. So if we ever try to interpret holiness in our lives, let’s take exactly what God says it is. 1 Pet 1:15-16 tells us how it should be:
But as he which has called you is holy, so be ye holy in all manner of conversation….Be ye holy; for I am holy.
In other words, God’s Holiness is the real standard of Holiness, not our fulfilment of certain ordinances. The next question is: How holy is this God, since his holiness will be the benchmark for scoring our own. Isaiah 6:3 says is Holy, Holy, Holy! Thrice Holy. The angel there lacked words to describe God’s Holiness. He then says: The whole Earth is full of His glory! HALLELUJAH! So can you match this depth of Holiness? Tell me. Can you? The good news is, he has commanded us to be Holy, and by that alone we stand a chance. Tomorrow, we’ll see how. Please bow down in awe of this Thrice Holy God.
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