Who Is God? He Is Holy

Yesterday at CrossWay we started a new series called “Who Is God?”  The first message was “He Is Holy.”  In this series we’re looking at three attributes of God, beginning yesterday with holiness.

When considering God’s attributes, it’s helpful to remember a couple things.  First of all, He never changes.  If He is something, then He has always been and always will be that something.  Second, He possesses all of His attributes to an infinite degree.  For example, He is infinitely loving.  He is infinitely generous.  He is infinitely just.  He is infinitely merciful.  He is not “kind of” anything.

Holiness is hard to define.  Even the original Hebrew word is difficult because it’s really a composite of several different words, conveying more of an idea or impression rather than a sharply defined word.  One way to understand holiness is separateness, purity, wholeness.

God is pure, totally unstained by sin.  He is completely separate from sin.  And He is whole, complete.  Since He is holy, He wants us also to be holy.  What does this mean?

It means that we can be separated from our sin.  Like a Teflon pan that nothing sticks to, Jesus makes us new so that our sins don’t stick to us.  The Bible says in 2 Corinthians 5:21: “God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.”  Because God is completely holy, He is completely separate from sin.  But when Jesus, the holy Son of God, was on the cross, He literally became our sin.  At first it looked like sin crushed Him, but when He rose from the dead three days later He proved that He triumphed over sin–yours and mine.  Jesus traded in His holiness for our sin so we could trade in our sin for His holiness.

To be holy does not mean to try to be good.  It does not mean being prideful.  It doesn’t mean we’re better than anyone else.  It just means that we’ve accepted Jesus’ gift of being removed from our sins.

Because God is holy, we can be holy.  Holiness is who He is, and because of Jesus, it can be who we are, too.

Published in: on April 28, 2008 at 5:51 am  Leave a Comment  

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