The Holiness of God. (The Gospel)


 

The Angels declare God holy.

This attribute is declared of Him by the Seraphs continually around His throne.

 

Isa 6:1-4

In the year that King Uzziah died, I saw the Lord seated on a throne, high and exalted, and the train of his robe filled the temple. 2 Above him were seraphs, each with six wings: With two wings they covered their faces, with two they covered their feet, and with two they were flying. 3 And they were calling to one another:

“Holy, holy, holy is the Lord Almighty;

the whole earth is full of his glory.”

4 At the sound of their voices the doorposts and thresholds shook and the temple was filled with smoke.

NIV

Rev 4:5

8 Each of the four living creatures had six wings and was covered with eyes all around, even under his wings. Day and night they never stop saying:

“Holy, holy, holy

is the Lord God Almighty,

who was, and is, and is to come.”

NIV

What other attribute of God is declared three times? Nowhere do we read that God is love, love, love; nor do we read that God is mercy, mercy, mercy.  Not even the title of Almighty is declared as emphatically as His holiness.  Only His holiness fills the mouths of the angels continually around the throne.

So what do we mean by the term holiness when used in reference to God? Well, if we look at the Hebrew word that Isaiah heard the Seraphs call out before the throne we catch a glimpse of the meaning.

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qadowsh (kaw-doshe’) at its root it means to cut or separate. The basic meaning is that God is wholly separate from all of creation, especially sinful humanity.  When we speak of His holiness, we are talking about God’s transcendent majesty- meaning His majesty is over and above all. God Himself values this (Holiness) attribute above all others.

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