Torrey - God -8.1- The Holiness of God

8. THE HOLINESS OF GOD

I. GOD IS HOLY.

Isaiah 6:3 — "And one cried unto another, and said, Holy, holy, holy, is the LORD of Hosts: the whole earth is full of his glory."

Joshua 24:19 — "And Joshua said unto the people, Ye cannot serve the Lore): for he is an holy God; he is a jealous God; he will not forgive your transgressions nor your sins."

Psalm 22:3 — "But thou art holy, O thou that inhabitest the praises of Israel."

Psalm 99:5,9 — "Exalt ye the LORD our God, and worship at his footstool; for he is holy. Exalt the LORD our God, and worship at his holy hill; for the LORD our God is holy."

Isaiah 5:16 — -"But the LORD of hosts shall be exalted in judgment, and God that is holy shall be sanctified in righteousness."

John 17:1 l — "And now I am no more in the world, but these are in the world, and I come to thee. Holy Father, keep through thine own name those whom thou hast given me that they may be one, as we are."

1 Peter 1:15-16 — -"But as he which hath called you is holy, so be ye holy in all manner of conversation. Because it is written, be ye holy, for I am holy."

Proposition: God is holy, absolutely holy.

God is called the Holy One of Israel about thirty times in Isaiah, and is so called also in Jeremiah and Ezekiel and elsewhere. In the New Testament God the Son is spoken of as the holy one ( 1 John 2:20). The third person of the Trinity is constantly spoken of as the Holy Spirit. Holiness is the essential moral nature of God.

Isaiah 57:15 — "For thus saith the high and lofty one that inhabiteth eternity, whose name is Holy; I dwell in the high and holy place, with him also that is of a contrite and humble spirit, to revive the spirit of the humble, and to revive the heart of the contrite ones." (The name stands for the character and being.)