Holy, Holy, Holy
So, I hear that people usually only read about 30% of blog posts. So what I did was take my 3,000 word blog and made it into about 1,000 words. You’re welcome. Since you know this, you might only read 300 words, which is 30% of my 1000 words. Either way, I hope you are blessed reading this post.
The Holiness of God is said to be celebrated in heaven more than any other attribute of God. In Hebrew, when a word is simultaneously repeated, it reveals the importance and emphasis of it. Nowhere in the Bible will you see God is love, love, love or nice, nice, nice. However, you will see that God is holy, holy, holy in Isaiah 6:3 and Revelation 4:8. What does this mean? The Godheads wants you to know that He is Holy. Certain angels are given the specific role to shout out Holy, holy, holy for all of eternity. That’s all they do. This signifies the grandeur of the Holiness of God. You and I will only benefit from knowing a little more about God’s Holiness.
You want to know about God’s love? Study his Holiness. You want to learn about God’s forgiveness and grace? Study his Holiness. His Holiness is the umbrella to all of his attributes. Studying God’s Holiness has drastically made real who God is in my journey in eternity.
The word Holy means, “to cut.” It is purposed to make a clear distinction between God and all his creation. The distinction is that God is morally perfect and completely sinless. Also, the use of “cut” is supremely meaningful because God cut His son Jesus Christ that we might experience his Holiness personally.
God is Perfect in Everything
Since we learned that God is separate or different, we may ask, “What makes God so different from us?” Let me tell you. EVERYTHING! God’s Holiness is like an umbrella of perfection. Any virtuous attribute you lay on God must come under this umbrella. When you say the word “good,” there is a regular good and a Holy good. There is righteousness, then, there is God’s righteousness. There is love and then, there is God’s love.
David Mathis once quoted this statement in his post, “God is the absolute reality beyond which is only more of God. When asked for his name in Exodus 3:14 he said, “I am who I am.” His being and his character are utterly undetermined by anything outside himself. He is not holy because he keeps the rules. He wrote the rules! God is not holy because he keeps the law. The law is holy because it reveals God. God is absolute. Everything else is derivative.
Everything you and I consider enjoyable, loving, useful are all derivatives of God. He is it. God is God. There is none like him. Everything good comes from him. “To whom then will you compare me, that I should be like him? says the Holy One.” (Isaiah 40:25)
Once we clearly see that God is perfect, we realize that we are not.
We are inconsistent because we are easily bought. Calvin says we humans are idol factories. Our hearts have strong desires. One thing for one second and then something else the very next second. I have been married now for a little over a year. If I could jokingly sum up this year in one word, it would be “Change.” I choose the word “change” because I needed to change. If I was going to be a God glorifying man, husband and someday a father, there were a lot of things that needed to go. For example, we went to Bed Bath and Beyond to do our Wedding Registry. It was the right thing to do as a man to go with her and select the things that were going to make our home, “our home.” In the middle of it all, I got tired, hungry and impatient. Result: I took it out on my wife. We were picking out silverware and I just had a rotten attitude. When she asked what was wrong I replied, “Why are we shopping for expensive spoons when children are dying of hunger in Mexico?!” Yup, I pulled that card. Things got bad right there. She started crying and it was a mess. I was so selfish and insensitive. I was impatient and put myself above her. I tried to justify my actions by using San Telmo. As a man who lived and breathed Biblical manhood, I prided myself and thought I was going to be perfect. But that night, I proved to be the biggest jerk in the entire universe. I learned that the best thing I can do for Maria is to be a derivative; the man who leads her to God’s Holy perfection— Jesus Christ.
God is Completely Sinless
Another word for God’s Holiness is God’s uniqueness. This means that God truly is one of a kind. There is something about possessing something that is unique or rare. I grew up in Seattle, WA. Seattle is known for the reigning Super Bowl Champions, the Seattle Seahawks, but it is even more famous for the very first Starbucks location. The line is so long at this particular Starbucks because it is the only one that sells certain products. Nowhere in the whole world can you find these Starbucks mugs, tumblers and special roasted beans. People from all across the world wait in line for hours just to get those products. It is quite unique. However, the uniqueness of Starbucks does not some nearly as close to the uniqueness of the blood of Jesus Christ. Truly Christ blood is one of a kind because His life and blood alone is Holy.
A.W. Pink says, “God’s Holiness is made known by His law. The law, which forbids sin in all of its modifications: in its most refined as well as its grossest forms, the intent of the mind as well as the pollution of the body, the secret desires as well as the overt act.”
Recently, I have been studying how to use the Ten Commandments as a tool for evangelism. As I have been studying it, I have caught how easy it is for me to break these very commandments.
For example, the 2nd Commandment declares that we should not make any graven idol for ourselves. We shall only worship God and Him alone. But there are so many times where I so subtly make myself God and worship in my own ways. The trigger for idolatry is when we start our talks and thoughts with, “To me…” “To me, God will send everyone to heaven.” To me, I lived a good enough life to enter heaven.” “To me, there is no hell.” We do this all the time in our everyday lives. Replace our standard of God for ones we create on our own. The truth is, God condemned Adam and Eve from the Garden of Eden that they would never return to paradise. Is God too harsh? Actually, it is not harsh enough. James 2:10 says, “For whoever keeps the whole law and yet stumbles at just one point is guilty of breaking all of it.” We should stop asking why God allows us to live. Instead we should ask God why he has even let us live for so long? Romans 6:23 says that, “the wages of sin is death.” Our one act of rebellion against God’s law is damnable that very moment. “But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” Meaning while we were without a good enough ransom, Christ gave himself up for us. God’s holy righteousness is the only righteousness, exclusively, uniquely and preciously acceptable gift found in Jesus Christ.
The greatest gift which will never lose its value or preciousness is found in 2 Corinthians 5:21. Apostle Paul says, “For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.”
Merry CHRISTmas, friends.
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Joseph Jun is the Senior High School Pastor at Antioch Church of Philadelphia in Philadelphia, PA. He is currently pursuing a MDiv at Westminster Theological Seminary. He loves God, his wife, and his church.