Ryan is the Senior Pastor of Harvest Bible Chapel in Hickory, NC. He is the host of the "In The Room" podcast, and the author of 8 Hours, Or Less: Writing Faithful Sermons Faster.  

Two Components Of God's Holiness

Two Components Of God's Holiness

God is holy. 

If you’re a Christian that simple truth should come as no surprise to you. Psalm 99:9 plainly and emphatically states, “The LORD our God is holy!” While that sentiment is familiar to most of us, many of us don’t really know what it means. Sometimes as Christians we have a bad habit of talking flippantly about things we don’t understand. We use words like worship, glory, and gospel, often with little clarity as to what they actually mean and the implications they produce. 

So what does it mean that God is holy? The challenge in answering that question is that it can’t be fully answered. Foundational to a Biblically-faithful understanding of the holiness of God is the humble acknowledgement that we can’t fully conceive of it. Yet, just because we can’t grasp all of it doesn’t mean we can’t grasp some of it. So, at the risk of being a heretic, here are two Biblical components of God’s holiness:

1. Holiness refers to God’s POSITION.

God is distinct from and exalted above all that He has created. This means that God is not dependent on us. He doesn’t need us to fill some void that exists inside of Him because there is no void in God. Furthermore, how amazing is it that though God doesn’t need us, He still desires us? That should make your heart swell!

2. Holiness refers to God’s PURITY. 

God is completely separate from sin and morally perfect in all He does. God doesn’t make mistakes. He doesn’t sin and He never falls short. Not only does God not sin Himself, but He’s separate from sin itself. God is perfect, pristine, and pure in all things.  

Charles Spurgeon said, “Holiness is the harmony of all the virtues.” All of God’s attributes are necessarily anchored to His holiness. Take some time this week to meditate on Psalm 99 and expand both your heart and mind by pushing for a fresh understanding of God’s holiness. 

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