Philosophy View of Holiness
• Holiness is the quality or state of being holy used as a title for various high religious dignitaries
• Holiness is to characterize the believer’s life each moment of each day.
Biblical View of Holiness
Having therefore these promises, dearly beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God.
Follow peace with all men, and holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord: Hebrews12:14KJV
But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light: 1 Peter 2:9 KJV
For God hath not called us unto uncleanness, but unto holiness.
1Thessalonians 4:7 KJV
Holiness is that Christlikeness which is the highest description of character. Being Holy is not a one time event but an ongoing process. It is an instinct build into a believer at the time of conversion and desire within of a new hatred for sin and new love for purity.
In Exodus 33:20 we can clearly see the demonstration of holiness, God told Moses that he cannot look directly into his face because no one can see his face and live. No one can look at God and live because God is so holy, and we are so unholy.
And he said, thou canst not see my face: for there shall no man see me, and live. Exodus 33:20
Jesus said that God blesses those whose hearts are pure for they will see God
Matthew 5:8 makes a valid point, the verse states that we will see God when our hearts are pure but how does that happen?
Love the things that God loves
Prayer and Fasting
Read the word of God and apply it daily to our lives
Generosity and always ready to help others
Forgiving even those who don't deserve it
Treating each and everyone with respect
Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God. Matthew 5:8 KJV
In a vision Isaiah saw the holiness of God in the year king Uzziah died. Isaiah 6:1;4; 5, He said he heard the Angels singing and the Temple shook at the sound of their voices. Isaiah must have thought to himself, if God’s Temple shakes at the voice of angels, what will it do at the voice of God? such a realisation of the Lord’s holiness must have brought about a searing awareness of his sinfulness. My destruction is sealed, for I am a sinful man of a sinful race, yet I have seen the king the Lord Almighty
In the year that king Uzziah died I saw also the LORD sitting upon a throne, high and lifted up, and his train filled the temple.
And the posts of the door moved at the voice of him that cried, and the house was filled with smoke.
Then said I, Woe is me! for I am undone; because I am a man of unclean lips, and I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips: for mine eyes have seen the King, the LORD of hosts. Isaiah 6:1;4;5
Whenever we see God’s holiness with the eyes of faith, we should find ourselves reacting as the Prophet Isaiah recognized God:
• He is so good; I am so bad
• He is perfect and I am imperfect
• He is sinless and I am sinful
As soon as we acknowledge and verbalise our own sinfulness, God will move to clean us up.
The most holiest of Christians will sin, the word says we were born in sin and shapen in iniquity Ps 51:5, It will continue to be so until we get to heaven. The PERSON who is ready for God to cleanse them, however, is that PERSON God can use.
Even though the great prophet Isaiah was a holy man, he needed God’s cleansing in order to see God aright and see what God wanted him to do. There is happiness in holiness, cleansing contentment go together.
Who likes to feel dirty? would you like to feel soiled and guilt-ridden? No one that I know including myself. There is no happiness to be enjoyed while you remain unforgiven. The only way to keep our heart pure is to constantly turn to God for forgiveness and cleansing, this makes us holy in the eyes of God. Being holy brings a real happiness only God can offer. We should take him up on it.
I want to finish off with this beautiful verses from the book of Philippians 1
And it is my prayer that your love may abound more and more, with knowledge and all discernment,
So that you may approve what is excellent, and so be pure and blameless for the day of Christ, Philippians 1:9-10 ESV
GOD BLESS YOU ALL