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Daily Bread - May 14, 2018
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Monday, 14 May 2018 13:16
Leviticus 19:2 - Speak unto all the congregation of the children of Israel,
and say unto them, "You shall be holy; for I, the LORD your God, am Holy."

The Holiness of God - Part 1

When the Lord tells us to be holy as He is Holy, what does that mean?
Before we can know how to properly respond to God's command, we must
understand what His holiness consists of. Holiness is not an attribute of
God, but His essence and nature. His holiness, which is also His glory, is
revealed by His righteousness: "The Lord Almighty will be exalted by His
justice, and the Holy God will show Himself Holy by His righteousness"
(Isaiah 5:16). Foremost, His holiness is defined by His love and goodness;
but it is even more specifically defined by His unwillingness to have any
association with any form of sin or iniquity. God and holiness belong
exclusively to each other. As the Creator of all things, holiness is only
derived from Him. Therefore, the essence of true holiness is only found in
God. Once again: holiness is not an attribute of God -it is His essence.
Everything God does is Holy, because His every action and deed flows out of
His holiness. God alone is holy, and everything that belongs to Him is
holy. It is God Who gives holiness to anyone who He brings into
relationship with Himself, and holiness cannot be obtained or possessed in
any other way (Revelation 15:4; Leviticus 8:12).

The most basic and foundational understanding of the holiness God has is
that there is nothing evil, wrong, or sinful in it. Everything in the
Scripture that reveals Who God is, reveals some dimension of His holiness.
To fully understand God's holiness, we would have to fully understand all
He is. Nonetheless, much about holiness is revealed to us by all God has
disclosed about Himself in the Bible. The holiness of God is witnessed
through everything He says and does. All of His ways are perfect, all of
His ways are just, righteous, and true (Psalm 18:30, 145:17; Deuteronomy
32:4; 2 Samuel 22:31). Everything He asks us to do, all of His decisions,
and all of His judgments are pure; and are expressed to reveal how to walk
in the blessings and benefits of His eternal life. Therefore, those who are
unwilling to do what God says are not only unwilling to be part of His
family, but are also unwilling to learn the ways of the only kind of life
that lasts forever.

The holiness of God is not only revealed in God the Father, Who is called
Jehovah God in the Old Testament; but also in God the Word, Who is Christ
Jesus, and God the Holy Spirit. The sum total of all Their actions and
judgements reveal the meaning of holiness. Although all Creation reveals
His glory, God's holiness is more beautiful in the majesty of its
sacredness, and forever and eternally unchanging in its splendor (Isaiah
6:3; Psalm 8:1, 19:1, 97:6, 113:4, 148:13; Romans 1:20). The holiness of
God is far beyond the wonder, beauty, and splendor of all His Creation
combined; for it is from His holiness they came into existence (Exodus
15:11; 1 Samuel 2:2; Isaiah 40:25, 57:15). His holiness not only uniquely
describes Who He is, but also is a statement to the moral perfection of His
character, as well as His absolute power and authority over all things
(Isaiah 5:16; Job 34:10, 38:1-41:34). God is distinct from all things, and
above all as the One Who created all things and sustains them. He alone is
the supreme example of what all things are to be (Psalm 89:5-7; Isaiah
57:15). God's absolute and total purity defines His self-existence. He
alone is the One Who can do no wrong. All He does is witnessed by the
entirety of His Creation as being Holy, and that holiness is just and good.

Therefore be holy, as He is Holy, in all manner of conversation! (1 Peter
1:13-16)
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