God is Holy: To Know and Love Him, part 5


Personal Goal

God's holiness is probably different, but also simpler, than you think or expect. Our goal here is to see profound truth of God's holiness in simple terms that reach our hearts and change how we live. But first I offer an important reminder for all of us. 

We have seen in this series that there is one Triune God who never changes. There is one divine essence who eternally and immutably exists as three distinct persons, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. The more we move through this series, the more of His attributes--i.e., His character traits--we will see and meditate on based on the Bible's teaching. The important reminder is that we do not think of God's different traits as different parts of God. You and I are made up of parts and pieces. All created things are; but not God. He cannot be divided or split up into component parts. How does this apply to us?

This applies to the way we think about God. Take holiness as an example. Holiness does not describe one part of God. He is not holy in some things He thinks, desires, and does, but not in others. All His thoughts, desires, aims, and actions are holy. Because He is holy. His love is a holy love. His justice is a holy justice. His truth is holy truth and His purpose is a holy purpose. You and I can do things that are holy, and the next moment say something that is unholy. Then the next moment we can think something that is holy. God is not like this!

God is Unique and Superior

God's holiness can be summed up in two profound truths expressed in simple and ordinary language. The first truth is that God is that He is unique and superior. 

God is so higher and so much greater than everything else, that we could never measure it. He is completely different than created things. He is infinitely superior to created things. God is utterly unique, and God's majesty is incomprehensible. On a side note, this is why we would never know God if God did not make Himself known to us.

This is a profound truth but can be put in simple terms that a child can understand. The ocean is bigger than a rain drop. The sun is bigger than your hand. Earth is bigger than a pebble. God is bigger than all created things. The only difference is that the illustrations present differences that are measurable. You can measure the distance between two created things. But you cannot measure the difference between the Creator and a created thing. Now do we grasp why human pride is foolish? We are not the big deal that stands as the center and standard of all things; God is.

In the year that King Uzziah died I saw the Lord sitting upon a throne, high and lifted up; and the train of his robe filled the temple. [2] Above him stood the seraphim. Each had six wings: with two he covered his face, and with two he covered his feet, and with two he flew. [3] And one called to another and said:

"Holy, holy, holy is the LORD of hosts; the whole earth is full of his glory!" 

Isaiah 6:1-3

God is considered "holy, holy, holy" by angels in heaven; He is worshiped by supernatural beings of immense power and radiant glory. God rules them. God made them. God is not their equal. He is "sitting upon a throne, high and lifted up." His authority is supreme. His glory and His power call for humble submission. Only God is holy, holy, holy! 

What is it that makes heaven such a glorious and holy place? God's presence does. The submission, adoration, and rejoicing, therefore, never cease: 

And the four living creatures, each of them with six wings, are full of eyes all around and within, and day and night they never cease to say,

"Holy, holy, holy, is the Lord God Almighty, who was and is and is to come!"

Revelation 4:8

God is the Standard 

There is a second profound truth about holiness that is based on the first. Since God is utterly unique and infinitely superior than us, He is therefore the standard of morality and purity. He is the right. He is the moral. Whatever contradicts Him is the wrong, the immoral. 

There is no measure of goodness outside of God that He must measure up to. God is the good. He is the standard of goodness; whatever contradicts Him is evil

There is no measure of perfection outside God that He is much closer to than the rest of us. God is the perfection. 

God is beauty.

God is purity.

God is the standard of morality. He is the measure; and everything else is to be measured against Him if we want to see its character. In other words, God is holy. Since God is utterly unique and infinitely superior than man, therefore God, not man, is the source and standard of morality and purity. 


Contemplate some of the numerous implications of God's holiness.

(1.) God should not be doubted or provoked to anger. Since He is good and right in all He says and does, He should be trusted. 

They tested God again and again and provoked the Holy One of Israel.

Psalm 78:41

(2.) God should be worshiped as King and trusted for protection. Since none is greater, none can defeat Him or stop Him.

For our shield belongs to the LORD, our king to the Holy One of Israel. 

Psalm 89:18 

(3.) God's Name should be known, spread, and loved. Since the world is His and all that is in it, there is no higher endeavor for man--the crown of God's creation--than to seek and love God. We ought to know and make known the Name of God because He alone is holy.

And my holy name I will make known in the midst of my people Israel, and I will not let my holy name be profaned anymore. And the nations shall know that I am the LORD, the Holy One in Israel. 

Ezekiel 39:7

(4.) Since God is holy, we should be holy. 

As obedient children, do not be conformed to the passions of your former ignorance, [15] but as he who called you is holy, you also be holy in all your conduct, [16] since it is written, "You shall be holy, for I am holy." 

1 Peter 1:14-16 

(5.) Since God is holy, and since we have violated His holiness and not reponded to Him as we ought, we should cry to God for mercy. God is holy indeed. Indeed, He is a holy Redeemer. 

Thus says the LORD, your Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel:

"I am the LORD your God, who teaches you to profit, who leads you in the way you should go."

Isaiah 48:17

Yes, we can come to God

How does an unholy sinner find mercy from a holy God? Well, this is the story of the Bible. A sinner finds mercy from a holy God in the good news of the salvation that Jesus freely gives based on His life, death, and resurrection

Jesus reconciles sinners to God. By His obedient life, He provides a righteousness for us that we could never achieve. By His sacrificial death, He erases the guilt and sentence of our sin. By His resurrection, He gives us the hope of eternal life. 

By His Spirit, as we turn from sin and place our faith in Jesus for salvation, He gives us new hearts to love God, love holiness, and love the infinite mercy of the one true God.

For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. [17] For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him. [18] Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only Son of God. 

John 3:16-18