Our God is Holy
On Sunday Zack Tondoro continued the series on The 5 Key Concepts of the Bible that must be mastered by every believer. These were:
- There is only one God
- God is Holy
- God always helps His people
- God instituted redemption for mankind
- There will be a resurrection for those who die in Christ.
Zack reinforced the importance of Holiness to God. For believers to relate well with God, they must understand what holiness means.
This principle that God is a holy God should lead to a desire to want to know more about His holiness. In His holiness He has gave us the Holy Spirit to help us towards being holy. The Holy Spirit was sent to help us to walk in holiness, so then why is holiness so difficult? It can only be due to our refusal to yield fully to Him.The Holy Spirit is more than just speaking in tongues. He is there to teach us the kind of life that we must live before God. If we are filled with the Holy Spirit then there must be holiness in our lives. We are in-dwelt by a spirit whose nature is Holy! He is our guarantee into holiness but without which, the Bible says no one will see God. We must learn to ask God to help us to understand holiness and to pursue it so that we may see God. If we want to spend eternity with God, then we need to get a better understanding of what it means to be holy.
Leviticus 19:1-2 reads, “And the LORD spoke to Moses, saying, 2 “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.”
This is the declaration. “I am a Holy God!” Because of that God has demanded that his children be holy like Him. To be a child of God one must be Holy. There is no other way round this requirement and the church must understand that.
In Leviticus 11:43-45 we are told the same thing, to be holy as He is holy. It’s a requirement. There is no other way to see God accept through this. Even if you are struggling, God will help his people to be holy if they ask for that help. Our problem is that we ask for anything else but holiness. God is not just there to help us through difficult times like to pay your bills or buy a car. He is our help for holiness towards holiness as well. God is your strength because you cannot do it on your own or by your own power. You need the Holy Spirit to help you; He is called Holy Spirit because He knows holiness inside and out. He is the very epitome of Holiness.
In reading Exodus 39:30-31, the Priests made a plate of the holy crown using pure gold and then inscribed the words, “HOLINESS TO THE LORD.” They understood this requirement to such an extent that they tied a rope to the hem of their garments to enable those outside to pull them out in case they died in the holy of holies due to uncleanness. This is how dangerous the place of holiness is. So before you can minister or usher, understand that you are doing this unto a holy God. Understand that you are speaking and greeting a people that belong to a holy God. This should change your perspective and attitude.
Hebrews 11:6 tell’s us that faith is pleasing unto God. So is holiness! If you absolutely trust Him when He says,‘Be holy” you will seek ways to be holy because you have faith in Him. But if your faith falters then your holiness will falter, and the end result is that you will not receive anything from God, let alone walk with him.
If you are holy then you are not unequally yoked with unbelievers as 2 Corinthians 6:14 tells us. If you are holy you will not keep company with unbelievers. Verse 17 say’s to separate yourself from those that defile you. You have to come out and separate yourself! Holiness will require you to step out of things that are unholy, it may be uncomfortable to step out of what you have been accustomed to but God has set us apart and consecrated us to be pleasing unto him. Holiness requires us to come out of certain things and to cleanse ourselves of these things so that we can be holy and to identify ourselves with God.
AsEphesians 1:4 say’s
“ Just as He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before Him in love, having predestined us to adoption as sons by Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the good pleasure of His will, to the praise of the glory of His grace, by which He made us accepted in the Beloved. In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of His grace”
We identify ourselves with the blood and with redemption. Being sons of a God that is holy, requires that we too, should be holy. It is through Jesus Christ that we are made holy in Him, and it is He who chose us for holiness. He chose us to be His sons but if we conduct ourselves in a way that is not holy then we are distancing and disqualifying ourselves from a promise of fellowship with Him. Holiness means to align yourself with God and to have your life with Him. They were holy. But when Adam and Eve sinned they tainted that holy lifestyle and were separated from God and lost that close communion with Him.
Genesis 3:8 “And they heard the sound of the LORD God walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and the man and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the LORD God among the trees of the garden”. Why did they hide? They were now defiled and could not stand the presence of God. What man runs away from God? It’s one who is guilty. Adam and Eve fled from God. Their unholiness filled them with guilt and shame that they could no longer stand God’s presence. In walking with God in holiness there is no shame, or guilt, or heavy burdens of sin but only freedom. To be with God you must meet the standard of holiness. Without it you are separated from Him, from His help, and His covering just like Adam and Eve.
Another consequence of unholiness is not being able to hear God’s voice. When you are separated from someone, the further away you are from them, the less you are able to hear them. In this same way we cannot hear God when we are separated from Him and are unable to discern his voice.
Holiness also requires us to be disciplined. To be disciplined may mean to be taught and corrected and this will require humility. Hebrews 12:10-11 tells us that chastisement is necessary in order to be a partaker of His holiness. It’s painful and uncomfortable to be rebuked and corrected but God will take you through some stuff that are hard, but he does this out of love and so that we can learn and grow closer to Him, and to His holiness.
1 Peter 3:1 shows us that holiness is visible. By our actions alone people can see God.
In Revelations 4:8-11 the Living creatures declared day and night ‘Holy, holy, holy, Lord God almighty, who was and is and is to come”. If this is the attitude of heaven towards holiness then we will do ourselves a lot of good to learn its importance and value. “Be Holy as I am Holy.”
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18 March 2014 – God That Helps His People
12 March 2014 – The 5 Key Concepts of the Bible
13 February 2014 – The Power of Discipleship
19 January 2014 – Benefits of Fasting
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