The Power of Holiness is what RIOT Podcast, a Christian Discipleship Podcast will be discussing on today’s show. What is Holiness? I think A.W Tozer said it best in his book “The Knowledge of the Holy”. He said, “Holy is the way God is. To be holy He does not conform to a standard. He is that standard. He is absolutely holy with an infinite, incomprehensible fullness of purity that is incapable of being other than it is. Because He is holy, His attributes are holy. That is, whatever we think of as belonging to God must be thought of as holy.”
The Power of Holiness subject is so vast and our efforts alone won’t do it justice. To simplify this we are going to deal with two things about the holiness of God. We first want to look at the nature of God's holiness-what He is. And then we are going to look at our need for personal holiness in our lives because of it.
The nature of Gods holiness:
What is Webster's dictionary meaning of Holy- That which is Holy or Other, that which is extraordinarily different than anything else. Refers to God's transcendence, He is higher and more superior than anything else. His goodness and His power is humanly Incomprehensible.
John Wesley stated, “Bring me a worm that can comprehend a man, and then I will show you a man that can comprehend the Triune God.”
In Exodus 15:11, it says in the Song of Moses: "Who is like You, O LORD, among the gods? Who is like You, glorious in holiness." No one is like the Lord in holiness, in being separate, He is totally separate.
1 Samuel 2:2 Hannah said, "No one is holy like the LORD, for there is none besides You, nor is there any rock like our God."
In Psalms 96:9 says “Worship the Lord in the splendor of holiness; tremble before him, all the earth!”
There is power in Gods holiness, in his presence we tremble.
Psalms 104: 1 “Bless the Lord, O my soul! O Lord my God, you are very great! You are clothed with splendor and majesty”
God’s holiness is very great
Exodus 3:5 “Do not come any closer,” Take off your sandals, for the place where you are standing is holy ground.”
He is so Holy we can’t wear shoes in his presence.
So wherever the Spirit of God is, that place is separated from anything normal, it is changed, it is Holy. So when we come into Gods presence or walk in His Spirit we are now Holy.
1 Peter 1: 13-16 says “Therefore, with minds that are alert and fully sober, set your hope on the grace to be brought to you when Jesus Christ is revealed at his coming. 14 As obedient children, do not conform to the evil desires you had when you lived in ignorance. 15 But just as he who called you is holy, so be holy in all you do; 16 for it is written: “Be holy, because I am holy.”
What do we have to do to become Holy?
God’s holiness exposes our sin problem. Most people run when they come face to face with God's Holiness. The bible says in Hebrews 12:29 “He is a consuming Fire”. I think Isaiah 6 gives us an inside look at how he does that.
In the year that King Uzziah died, I saw the Lord sitting on a throne, high and lifted up, and the train of His robe filled the temple. Above it stood seraphim; each one had six wings: with two he covered his face, with two he covered his feet, and with two he flew. And one cried to another and said: "Holy, holy, holy is the LORD of hosts; the whole earth is full of His glory!" And the posts of the door were shaken by the voice of him who cried out, and the house was filled with smoke.
So I said: "Woe is me, for I am undone! Because I am a man of unclean lips, and I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips; for my eyes have seen the King, the LORD of hosts." Then one of the seraphim flew to me, having in his hand a live coal which he had taken with the tongs from the altar. And he touched my mouth with it, and said: "Behold, this has touched your lips; your iniquity is taken away, and your sin purged." Also, I heard the voice of the Lord, saying: "Whom shall I send, and who will go for Us?" Then I said, "Here am I! Send me."
Rev 4: 8-11 gives us a commentary of this scene-
We are impure; our bodies are completely filled with sin. In God's light, we too should be humbled to our knees and in awe of God. We are unworthy The Stone touching Isaiah's lips made his whole body Pure. What was once unclean became clean. When we surrender our lives over to Jesus, He touches us and makes us clean and Holy.
After we have been touched by God and made Holy we now must be different.
Accept God’s Grace and live out your life in concert with God's desires. Everything he touches is transformed to be different
1 Peter 2 say But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, His own special people, that you may proclaim the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light; who once were not a people but are now the people of God, who had not obtained mercy but now have obtained mercy.
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