Holiness? Or, Holiness!


Searching for an image on ‘holiness’ was no easy task. You would not believe some of the images that are out there. When you scan all of the different pictures, you find (in many cases) just the opposite of what a person should think of when you think of holiness. I suppose it is because the idea of the Holiness of God simply cannot be captured in a picture.

I was struck recently, yet again, of the holiness of God and our personal call to holiness. Sadly, I have seen that the whole issue of personal holiness has been lost in the sea of compromise within much of the church. We have become a church who insists that there must be a way that you can combine the flesh and the things of this world with the things of God. The Bible is clear that this is impossible.

Leviticus 10:3
And Moses said to Aaron, “This is what the Lord spoke, saying: ‘By those who come near Me I must be regarded as holy; And before all the people I must be glorified.’ ” So Aaron held his peace.

This verse is preceded by the untimely, and unnecessary I might add, death of Aaron’s sons, Nadab and Abihu. Many seem to think that God was not fair in killing them, but such thinking reflects a lack of understanding about God. Why did He kill them? Because He had declared His holiness to them and the seriousness of representing His holiness in their role as priests. God was making a clear statement in the deaths of these two vessels of God’s holiness. It is a statement which those who are desirous of knowing God intimately must heed.

Leviticus 11:44–45
For I am the Lord your God. You shall therefore consecrate yourselves, and you shall be holy; for I am holy. Neither shall you defile yourselves with any creeping thing that creeps on the earth. For I am the Lord who brings you up out of the land of Egypt, to be your God. You shall therefore be holy, for I am holy

“Oh, but that is the Old Testament, the Mosaic law which we are no longer bound to.” On the contrary, for the New Testament declares that without holiness, we cannot see God (Hebrews 12:14). The apostle Peter reiterated the importance of holiness, quoting the verse from Leviticus.

1 Peter 1:13–16
Therefore gird up the loins of your mind, be sober, and rest your hope fully upon the grace that is to be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ; as obedient children, not conforming yourselves to the former lusts, as in your ignorance; but as He who called you is holy, you also be holy in all your conduct, because it is written, “Be holy, for I am holy.”

So what’s it going to be…Holiness? Or, Holiness!