"Holy, Holy, Holy - A neglected Bible
A theme on my heart lately has been Holiness and Holy Spirit.
Holiness is up there as one of the most misunderstood subjects among
True Biblical holiness is not hardness, legalism, or mean-spirited people
making everyone miserable with their own list of concocted standards.
God is a trinity of FATHER, SON and HOLY
Why not Father, Son and LOVE SPIRIT, GRACE SPIRIT, COMPASSION SPIRIT, ETC.
We must see he is the HOLY
Spirit. God wants us to know He is the HOLY SPIRIT.
Holy is used in various forms over 650
times in the Bible.
noun hagiasmos, “holines,” “consecration,” or
is from the root hagios which means holy or sacred.
Two ideas on Holiness:
One of the meanings of holiness is the idea of
being "set apart". God is apart from us . . . He is in a
class by Himself. "There is a profound difference between Him and those He
has created. When the Bible speaks of holy objects or holy people or holy time,
it refers to things that have been set apart, consecrated, or made different by
the touch of God upon them. It was the nearness of the divine that made the
ordinary suddenly extraordinary and the common, uncommon." [Sproul ibid.]
Holiness means that God is transcendent (or unique and superior) in His
The second aspect of holiness (and the one we
generally think of first) is the idea of purity. God is good. He does
what is right and never does what is wrong. God is unstained by, and
uncompromising with sin. God does not "bend a little" when it comes to
wrong-doing. God always acts in a righteous manner because His nature is
holiness. He is both great and good.
(by R.C. Sproul)
Holiness is to be separated from sin
consecrated to God. Jerry Bridges
Isaiah 6:3 "And one cried unto
another, and said, Holy, holy, holy, is the LORD of hosts: the whole earth is
full of his glory."
Revelation 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."
You will note what the angels sing is holy, holy,
holy. It's not just Holy. It's not even Holy, Holy. They
proclaim "Holy, Holy, Holy is the Lord
Why holy 3 times?
Similarly to our bold, italic, and underline, a Hebrew emphasis was
So the angels are not content with, “Holy!” And they are not even content
with the emphasis of, “Holy! Holy!” They must
say it three times—“Holy! Holy! Holy!” They take it to the
third degree—the unmatched degree. No other attribute of God is
praised like this. Not love or mercy or justice or sovereignty. Just Holy. RC
And they are affirming in this trihagion, this repetition of the word holy, the
complete character of God. No scripture says, love, love, love, goodness,
goodness, goodness, mercy, mercy, mercy, grace, grace, grace. While God is those
things, never a thrice use of it when speaking of the consummate nature of God, He
is holy, holy, holy.
Though our study and pursuit of holiness must never end, this devotion
needs to come to a conclusion. So let me make several final observations.
First, it should be obvious, that there is no
better way to use our time than to use it for God's glory. There
is nothing better. There is no one greater than the Lord. He is our life, our
hope, our joy. To run after and serve anything other than the Lord is
foolishness. Look at your own heart and turn away from the trivial pursuits that
so often occupy our energy.
Second, we need to take personal holiness
seriously. We spend a good deal of our lives trifling with sin.
I know I find myself battling with the unholy all the time. We push God off to
the side when we feel He is getting in the way of our enjoyment or of our
Look, I know that taking holiness seriously means significant change in our
lives. And like you . . . I resist it.
However, if we understand God's mercy and grace at all (even a little bit); if
we have any sense of God's holiness (which is becoming more and more rare) we
will want to purge all that is profane from our lives.
It is time to do a personal inventory and to make
in your entertainment
your use of your time
the way you spend your money
the way you talk
the way you do your job
the way you treat others
the way you worship
Finally, we need to stop comparing ourselves to others and start measuring
ourselves by the correct standard. When we measure our lives by God's standards
we truly see ourselves.
Yes, it often hurts, and facing the truth is painful. We must accept
responsibility for our own behavior. But the amazing thing about the gospel is
that it tells us that because of what Christ has done on our behalf, if we admit
our sin and turn to Him for mercy . . . we will find it. Our Holy God will cover
us with the righteousness or goodness of Christ.
Indeed, God is great and He is good, and He is HOLY. Let us
devote the rest of our lives to Him! AMEN!
Until next time, be blessed and be a blessing,
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