2 - God is Holy

2 - God is Holy




All Biblical understanding must begin and end, as much as possible, with a knowledge of God. The character of God is defined by the attribute of holi­ness—the absolute absence of any evil — “For You are not a God who takes pleasure in wickedness; No evil dwells with You,”Psalms 5:4. John says,"God is light; in Him there is no darkness at all,”1 John 1:5. John is telling us that God is completely free from any moral evil - He is the essence of moral purity (seeJob 34:10-12).His holiness is all light and goodness.

It is God‘s holiness that perfects His attributes of omnipotence (infinite po­wer), omniscience (perfect knowledge), and omnipresence (everywhere pre­sent). Holiness makes all of His attributes perfectly good. It is His holiness that makes Him worthy of our praise and devotion (see Exodus 15:11).

God’s Purpose. God has purposed to have spiritual beings with Him in hea­ven. We are spirits created and placed in these temporary containers (phy­sical bodies) in order to train our spirits to love, serve, and worship Him. God wants a spiritual relationship with us based upon our choosing to love and serve Him out of our own free will and not out of compulsion. (see also Isaiah 43:7; Ephesians 1:14; Psalm 149:4; Philippians 2:14; Acts 17:27; Colossians 1:16). Heaven is pre­pared for those spirits that are proven to put God first.

God’s Holy Demand. God repeatedly states that we are to be holy because He is holy. ― Thus you are to be holy to Me, for Ithe LORD am holy; and I have set you apart from the peoples to be Mine,”Leviticus 20:26. God created us as spirit beings (Genesis 1:26)and if we are holy we can then have the spiritual union that a holy God desires.

God’s Holiness Is Demonstrated In His Justice And Love. Our relationship with God is defined by these two characteristics of His holiness.For the word of the Lord is upright,...He loves righteousness and justice; The earth is full of the lovingkindness of the Lord,”Psalm 33:4-5; 89:14 (also Romans 11:22).We can trust that God will always treat us fairly because He loves us.