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Holy, Holy, Holy

February 21, 2011

Several features are embraced in the holiness of God. It has a transcendent emphasis, indicating “He is absolutely distinct from all His creatures and is exalted above them in infinite majesty.” Exodus 15:11 explains that in His holiness God is without peer and awesome – revealed in the marvelous way He delivered Israel from the Egyptians. Isaiah 57:15 describes His transcendence: He is “high and exalted” living on a “high and holy place.” It has an ethical emphasis, indicating “He is separate from moral evil or sin. ‘Holiness’ points to God’s majestic purity, or ethical majesty.” The foundation of this emphasis is Leviticus 11:44, 45, “Be holy, for I am holy.” Because God is morally pure, He cannot condone evil or have any relationship to it (Ps. 11:4-6). In His holiness God is the moral and ethical standard; He is the law. He sets the standard.

Paul Enns, The Moody Handbook of Theology, 193.

Today I am still absorbed with the question of the holiness of God. I am convinced that it is one of the most important ideas that a Christian can ever grapple with. It is basic to our whole understanding of God and of Christianity.

RC Sproul, The Holiness of God, 24.


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