This blog focuses on one of my classes that I’m taking right now, Biblical Theology.
What does it mean to be HOLY? Why do we as nations fail to fall to our knees from the single thought that there is a being far above our lowly means that debased Himself to LOVE US?
When is there a time when we come to know that there is something higher, something bigger? When do we realize that there is a time that there was nothing but this higher being? When is the time that we realize that we do not fit into any time line that can be compared to this higher entity? When? There needs to be that moment when we realize that we are an infinitesimal cog in the workings of an infinite machine. What do we do when we suddenly realize that there is something HOLY, something that is above and set apart. We forget sometimes that this word, that commonly came to be used in expletives in the 1880’s and later, was originally a sacred word. It was used to describe very few things, things that were meant to be either, “complete or something that is set apart”.
We have forgotten that our God is Holy, not that he is, but that HE IS. The difference comes when its gets down to the practicality of this being an attribute of God. Simply put, how is it that we respond knowing that we serve a Holy God? Do we lock up our children? Do we try to avoid that small little voice in the back of our conscious that says that we have no room for pride? Do we try to do what we can to recognize such a tremendous chasm between us and God? Do we run from the chasm? You see, I’ve come to learn that without that actions of this HOLY and SET APART being that, this is all we could have done. That’s not where the story ends, this amazing HOLY being has set himself apart from us, but yet has lowered himself to act on our own accord. This is the true difference of Christianity, this one component is what sets us against a cacophony of other shouting religions trying to capture the heart and minds of those that have not yet seen the truth. The difference is that, unlike all other gods of the world, our God acted on our part to redeem us, he himself not only acted but LOWERED himself to reach his creation.
Again, coming back to the question, what do we do when we realize that this HOLY God acted for us when we could not do so ourselves? The title of this segment is ‘Kadosh! Kadosh! Kadosh!’, it is the Hebrew word for Holy. This phrase, “HOLY, HOLY, HOLY” is used many times within scripture to describe and give praise to God. Not only does it signify the outright Holiness of God through its proclamation of this attribute three times, a number itself that is considered to signify holiness, but when it is used or uttered it is by angelic beings that are praising God. One of my favorite passages of scripture within the OT is Isaiah 6, the Throne Room Scene. In this utterly amazing and beautiful scene, Isaiah is given the vision of God on his throne. He cannot see God, no one may lay eyes on such a HOLY being. What he sees is angels, seraphim to be exact, these angels God specifically made to live within His presence. To be within the vicinity of such Holiness, they had SIX WINGS. Two to fly, two to cover their face, and two to cover their feet. These beings then flew around God at all times, their only job… to praise him. To one another they cried, which means, “HOLY, HOLY, HOLY is the Lord of hosts; the whole earth is full of his glory! (Isaiah 6:3)” (read from right to left) קָדוֹשׁ קָדוֹשׁ קָדוֹשׁ יְהוָה צְבָאוֹת; מְלֹא כָל-הָאָרֶץ, כְּבוֹדוֹ.
As Isaiah realized into what company he had been brought and what he had only partially glimpsed, he knew that he was unworthy of even the life that he lived. “Woe is me! For I am UNDONE (אוֹי-לִי כִי-נִדְמֵיתִי); I am a man of unclean lips…(Isaiah 6:5)” Do we react in this way? Do we find ourselves almost mindless with the thought that we have seen the ultimate being of the universe, its CREATOR, lower himself in a selfless act of love for his creation. we forget ourselves in the order of creation, we may be high on the list, but we still needed invited to the party. We could not get here on our own, it is not by anything that we have done or could do that we have come to this point in our lives. It has taken me a long time to realize that, that all that has happened, all that will happen, it’s all HIS. Even this act of my life, it is to be HOLY, set apart from me and for the Glory of him.
The last thing that I will say is what I’ve come to learn in my class as consequences of those who have come to knowledge of the Holy.
- We will learn to hate sin: naturally this is not our response we need to find that same hatred and righteous that our Creator feels towards sin.
- We will learn to Love righteousness and strive for it: 1 Peter 1:15-16 says it all, Jesus told us, “You shall be holy, for I am holy.” Remember this does not say ‘as I am holy’ we cannot achieve that.
- Finally, we must look for the day when all people will finally come to know the Fullness of the Holiness of God: we must remember that we were once like those who do not know.
With all of this in mind, we must come to reevaluate our view of what we see of Holiness. The church needs a new doctrine of Holiness, or at least to restore the one we have, because we have lost much of what can be learned from this attribute of our Creator.