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‘God is holy’, 14th of 14

Tuesday, June 13, 2006 Mr. C. Pat Lanyon


Character Attribute #14C Holiness

Review: God is Free> He is independent of all others.

The Holiness of God’s Character

In Relation to Prayer to Him

From the Prayer Notebook

1 JN 1.5; PS 99 14C. Holy (one separate from all other)

1 John 1:5

This is the message which we have heard from Him and declare to you, that God is light and in Him is no darkness at all.

God holiness is His separateness from all aspects of His creation. He is [to be] set apart, especially when being worshiped.

Psalm 99:1-9 [Adoration for God’s HOLINESS]

The Lord reigns; Let the peoples tremble! He dwells between the cherubim; Let the earth be moved!

[2] The Lord is great in Zion, And He is high above all the peoples.

[3] Let them praise Your great and awesome name– He is holy.

>[4] The King's strength also loves justice; You have established equity; You have executed justice and righteousness in Jacob.

[5] Exalt the Lord our God, And worship at His footstool– He is holy.

>[6] Moses and Aaron were among His priests, And Samuel was among those who called upon His name; They called upon the Lord, and He answered them.

[7] He spoke to them in the cloudy pillar; They kept His testimonies and the ordinance He gave them.

>[8] You answered them, O Lord our God You were to them God-Who-Forgives*, Though You took vengeance on their deeds.

[9] Exalt the Lord our God, And worship at His holy hill; For the Lord our God is holy.

*God forgiveness (vs.8) is the highest contrast to be made with His holiness.


What do we mean when we say that God is HOLY?


"Moral and ethical wholeness or perfection." – It is one of the attributes of God which He expects of His creation. "Holiness may also be rendered as ‘sanctification’ or ‘godliness.’ The word holy denotes that which is ‘sanctified’ or ‘set apart’ for divine service." – Nelson’s Illustrated Bible Dictionary.

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It is noteworthy to see how some humans reacted in the Bible at their personal appearance before God:

Adam was ashamed after his sin to be in God’s presence. Genesis 3.

Abraham baked cakes and rendered special treatment when he knew he was entertaining messengers from God. [See Genesis 18]

Moses was commanded to take off his sandals when he saw God’s presence in the burning bush. [Exodus 3.5]

Joshua was similarly commanded when he stood before the commander of the Lord’s army. [Joshua 5.14-15]

Manoah thought he was going to die after being face to face with the angel of the LORD. [Judges 13.22]

Samuel heard ‘ear-tingling’ judgments pronounced regarding Eli’s house when he first realized God was speaking to him. [1 Samuel 3.11ff]

Isaiah saw Seraphims crying ‘Holy, holy, holy is the LORD God of Hosts’ and he cried out, ‘Woe is me, for I am undone’ because he saw himself unclean and living with an unclean nation. Immediately a burning hot coal was taken from the altar and made to touch his lips to purge iniquity and take it away from him. Is. 6. 1-7.

Daniel, only after: 1)living a holy, set apart, life with 2) prayer three times a day for many years and 3) faithfully serving ungodly kings and 4) confessing his own and his nation’s sins was given a revelation of things not even yet fulfilled. See Daniel 9.


  • 1. Le 11:44 For I am the LORD your God: ye shall therefore sanctify yourselves, and ye shall be holy; for I am holy: neither shall ye defile yourselves with any manner of creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth. Le 20:7 Sanctify yourselves therefore, and be ye holy: for I am the LORD your God.
    • 1Pe 1:15 But as he which hath called you is holy, so be ye holy in all manner of conversation; 16 Because it is written, Be ye holy; for I am holy.
  • 2. As a Nation: Ex 19:6 And ye shall be unto me a kingdom of priests, and an holy nation. These are the words which thou shalt speak unto the children of Israel. 1Pe 2:9 But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light:
  • 3. 1Th 4:7 For God hath not called us unto uncleanness, but unto holiness.
  • 4. 2Ti 1:9 Who hath saved us, and called us with an holy calling, not according to our works, but according to his own purpose and grace, which was given us in Christ Jesus before the world began,
  • 5. Re 4:8 And the four beasts had each of them six wings about him; and they were full of eyes within: and they rest not day and night, saying, Holy, holy, holy, Lord God Almighty, which was, and is, and is to come.
  • 6. Mt 5:48 Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect.
  • 7. 2Co 7:1 Having therefore these promises, dearly beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God.
  • 8. Heb 12:14 Follow peace with all men, and holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord:
  • 9. 2Pe 1:5-10 And beside this, giving all diligence, add ... to patience godliness; 7 And to godliness brotherly kindness; ... 10 Wherefore the rather, brethren, give diligence to make your calling and election sure: for if ye do these things, ye shall never fall:
  • 10. 2Pe 3:11-14 Seeing then that all these things shall be dissolved, what manner of persons ought ye to be in all holy conversation and godliness ...