HOLINESS: INTRODUCTION

KEY SCRIPTURE: 1 Peter 1:16. Because it is written, Be ye holy; for I am holy.

Holiness is the nature of God. It is an attribute of Got. It is also a communicable attribute of God. This means his creatures like mankind can also be holy. Love and kindness etc. are all communicable attributes of God. His nature or attribute like omnipotence, omnipresence, and His immutability or His ability not to change are all not communicable. That is, He does not share it with man. No man is immutable, omnipresent, or omniscient.

As discussed above man can be holy and must be Holy.

What does it mean to be holy? Holiness comes from the Hebrew word Qodesh and the Greek word Hagios. They all have the idea to be sanctified, hallowed, dedicated or separated critical assessment of the meaning of Holiness in relation to God, is that holiness is purity, absence of evil, perfect light, perfect love and perfect justice. Holiness in relation to God is a FULL EXPRESSION OF HIS MORAL UPRIGHTNESS.I use the word ‘ in relation to God’ so man could get a reference point when man considers God’s demand for him to be Holy.

From the above description we see holiness as a complete package. You can’t talk about holiness and leave out love for your fellow man, or fairness to all persons at all times. In our definition of holiness, we said it also involves absence of evil. What is evil? I will categorise evil into three aspects

1.Evil is anything that destroys good (John 10:10a)

2 Evil is anything that defiles (Jude 1:8)

3 Evil is anything that breaks God’s law or word (1st John 3:4)

Holiness is perfect light. James 1:17 reveals God is light with whom there is no variableness nor shadow of turning. There is no shadow in light .Light is pure. Light is very proactive, always revealing all under its influence. Holiness hides nothing but manifests the truth.

God is love and true love is always sincere. This is the God kind of love which have no sense of selfishness. The God kind of love shows His holiness

The last aspect of holiness to look at, is the fact that holiness is perfect justice. This is uprightness and fairness to all and under all circumstances. It is this aspect of holiness that makes God treat all men equally and favors non.

These explanations give us the clear portraits of holiness. It gives us a platform to stand on and make the journey into this very amazing topic, called Holiness.

PRAYER

Dear heavenly Father give me a clear understanding of these things as well as the ability to fully walk in them. I receive a transformation of my life as we go through this study. I thank you father in Jesus name.

FURTHER STUDIES

Hebrews 12:14 “Follow peace with all men, and holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord:”

Matthew 5:8 “Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God”.

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