Read Isaiah 6:3
When you think of God’s holiness, do you see what Isaiah does?
In ancient Israel, only the high priest was able to walk into the “Holy of Holies”. Why do you think that is? Well, think of Moses, when he asked God to show him His Glory (Exodus 33:18) …it’s too much that we can’t bear it. After the fall, the Lord set up boundaries in order to see His holiness.
Fast forward to Moses in the desert and the Lord giving him the law. Not just laws to abide by but laws on how to treat each other, what to eat, what not to eat. All of this in order to set His people apart. All of it to show the world that God’s people are different than the rest. That they are God’s people, set apart.
To be holy is to be set apart. In every aspect of God’s character, there stands holiness. Every story, every relationship we read about in scripture, consistently and constantly points to God’s holiness. It’s hard to sum up this attribute, but I will try.
From the very beginning, God had a plan. To send His ONE Son to offer His life so that we may truly live where we were intended to be. Now, looking at Jesus’ life before the act of the cross, He was different than all of the rest. He didn’t act or speak like anyone else; He was resembling holiness. And when He chose the cross, He approached the Holy of Holies and sacrificed Himself for us to be justified. This act alone nothing else on earth can offer.
When you look at the characteristics of God such as loving, caring, protecting, and providing, all of the characteristics point back to His holiness because He is like no other. No one and nothing else compares.
You see, since nothing compares, since there is NO equal to our God, He is Holy.
He is apart from all the rest. His love, care, peace, provision, protection…it’s all different because it is all holy.
Reading Isaiah’s vision in chapter 6, we get a glimpse of Christ on the throne and the singing of His praises and pronouncing His holiness. Isaiah sees himself and his unworthiness.
And what happens? An angel comes before Isaiah and shows him that, because of Christ, he is saved, he is called holy.
Being set apart is not an easy task in our world, but we are called to be set apart. We are called to be like Christ, we are called to be holy.
Be holy for He is holy (Leviticus 11:44).
What does that mean? When I was just beginning my walk as a follower of Christ, I started with the fruit of the spirit (Galatians 5:22-23). Do you know why Paul calls this list “Fruit of the Spirit”?
Short answer: When we are living life hand in hand with Jesus, we begin to look like Him. Our life begins to look like no one else on this earth, but begins to look like our Savior and people see Him instead of us.
If you could look at this list, what would you find within yourself?
He is holy and we are called to be.