In today's world many people don't think about the impact of holiness on their life or the lives of generations after them. After all only God is holy and we're only human, some might reason. Maybe some know it's importance, but are struggling with personal issues that keep them from developing this quality. It is my desire that after reading this article you will want more of what God has for you, and realize how important this attribute is in the process.
Let's look at some definitions:
Webster's 1898 Dictionary
Applied to the Supreme Being, denotes perfect purity or integrity of moral character, one of his essential attributes. (Who is like thee? Ex. 15).
1. Applied to human being; purity of heart or dispositions; sanctified affections; piety; moral goodness, but not perfect.
2. Sacredness; the state of any thing hallowed, or consecrated to God or to his worship; applied to churches or temples.
3. That which is separated to the service of God.( Jer. 2.)
The quality or state of being holy; purity or integrity of moral character; freedom from sin; sanctity.
Strong's Greek Dictionary
Greek: sacred, physically pure, morally blameless, ceremonially consecrated.
Strong's Hebrew Dictionary
Hebrew: (qadash) To be, to make, to pronounce as clean (ceremonially or morally); consecrated, dedicated; prepare, proclaim, purity, sanctify oneself wholly.
To be honest with you this is probably the easiest question to answer. We all pretty much know that holiness has to come from someone or something that is already holy. Webster's Dictionary states that it is attributed to a supreme being who denotes perfect purity or integrity of moral character. Does that sound like you or anyone else you know? Although mankind can become this way in areas of our lives, we do not naturally have those attributes, we were not born with it as you can see stated in Psalm 51:5, David was acknowledging his sin and repented.
"Behold, I was shaped in iniquity; and in sin did my mother conceive me."
David came to the realization that he was not just guilty of a sinful act, but that his whole being was in need of cleansing in his inward parts so that he would be filled with the wisdom of God. He said, in verse 7:
"Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean, wash me and I shall be whiter than snow."
David realized that he needed sanctification from God.(read all of chapter 51)
Let's look further into the word of God:
In the year that King Uzziah died I saw also the Lord sitting upon a throne, high and lifted up, and his train filled the temple.
2-Above it stood the seraphims: each one had six wings; with two he covered his face, and with two he covered his feet, and with two he did fly. 3-And one cried to another, and said,
"Holy, Holy, Holy, is the LORD of Hosts!"
The whole earth is full of His glory. 4-And the posts of the door moved at the voice of him that cried, and the house was filled with smoke.
There it is, the greatest testimony of the attributes of God is from the seraphims standing before him continually proclaiming that He is pure, perfect and sacred in every way ! The awesome vision that the prophet Isaiah experienced affected him profoundly to the point where He said:
verse 5-"Woe is me! I am undone; because I am a man of unclean lips, and I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips: for mine eyes have seen the King, the LORD of Host.
Yes we see here that God is perfectly pure and those that stood before him felt unclean and defiled!
What about you? Are you morally pure and sacred? Is holiness possible in this life? What does God think about man becoming pure and free of sin?
Let's keep reading...
Verse 6-Then flew one of the seraphim unto me, having a live coal in his hand, which he had taken with the tongs from off the altar: 7-And he laid it upon my mouth, and said Lo, this hath touched your lips; and your iniquity is taken away, and your sin purged.
God is sitting on His throne with seraphim all around Him proclaiming his glory, and Isaiah was so undone by the glory of God that he cried out in distress. At God's direction the seraphim took a tong and grabbed a coal from the altar! Everything he touched was perfect and pure unto God. And the seraphim touched Isaiah's lips and proclaimed this piece of coal from the very altar of God has taken away your iniquity and purged (cleansed) your sinful nature. In essence Isaiah's lips were now pure and clean and ready to be sent with the voice of God to the rebellious nation of Israel and proclaim the word of the Lord without iniquity in his mouth (heart).
In essence what I am saying is, God made sure that Isaiah, the mouth piece of God, was cleansed and made pure to represent Him in what he spoke.
You might say, "well that's Isaiah, he was a prophet, what does this have to do with me?" It has Everything to do with you--I'll show you...
( Here's an exercise for you, everywhere you see a blank space below read it with the correct word out loud!)
Leviticus 20:7-8 says,"Sanctify yourselves therefore, and be ye ____; for I am the LORD your God. 8-And ye shall keep my statutes, and do them: I am the LORD which do sanctify you."
Leviticus 11:44-45 says,"For I am the LORD your God: you shall therefore sanctify yourselves, and you shall be ____; for I am ____: neither shall you defile yourselves with any manner of creeping thing that creeps upon the earth. 45-For I am the LORD that brings you up out of the land of Egypt, to be your GOD: you shall therefore be ____, for I am ____.
I Peter 1:15-16 says, "But as He which has called you is ____, so be ye ____ in all manner of conversation; 16-Because it is written, Be ye ____; for I am ____".
I hope the word of God is speaking to you right now. First, we looked into Leviticus which was written to the Hebrews in B.C. 1490, the people set aside by God. Next, we went to the New Testament, where Peter is admonishing the people of God in the early church at around A.D. 60 more than 1500 years later, telling them the same thing. The scripture in I Peter is referenced back to Leviticus 11! A command for everyone connected with God. Finished, end of argument!
Why is this so important? To Be Continued...
Contributing Author: Rachel Baht BinahYah
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