“And the Lord spoke to Moses, saying, “Speak to all the congregation of the children of Israel, and say to them: ‘You shall be holy, for I the Lord your God am holy.” Leviticus 19:1-2 NKJV
What exactly is holiness? What does holiness mean? Nelson’s Compact Bible Dictionary defines “holy” as ethical and moral wholeness or perfection; freedom from moral evil. Holiness is one of the essential elements of God’s nature required of His people. The Hebrew word for “holy” denotes that which is “sanctified” or “set apart” for divine service. The theme of sanctification, or growing in God’s likeness and being consecrated for His use, is prominent throughout the Bible. According to Nelson’s Compact Bible Dictionary, the word “holy” is used to describe God’s righteous nature or the ethical righteousness demanded of His followers as we read in Isaiah 1:10-14.
“But just as he who called you is holy, so be holy in all you do; for it is written: ‘Be holy, because I am holy.’” 1 Peter 1:15-16 NIV
“I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.” Romans 12:1 KJV
God’s high expectations of His people flow out of His own holy nature. “Therefore, since we have these promises, dear friends, let us purify ourselves from everything that contaminates body and spirit, perfecting holiness out of reverence for God.” 2 Corinthians 7:1 NIV
Holiness is a unique quality of God’s character; a divine attribute originating in God’s nature. “Who shall not fear You, O Lord, and glorify Your name? For You alone are holy. For all nations shall come and worship before You, for Your judgments have been manifested.” Revelation 15:4 NKJV
Last but certainly not least, the Bible instructs us “Make every effort to live in peace with everyone and to be holy; without holiness no one will see the Lord.” Hebrews 12:14 NIV
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