God is holy. His holiness is intrinsic to who He is and directs all that He does. There are numerous verses that tell us about His holiness. Studying these verses is important for our walk with Jesus Christ and our progression in our faith in Jesus Christ.
1 In the year that King Uzziah died, I saw the Lord sitting on a throne, high and lifted up, and the train of His robe filled the temple. 2 Above it stood seraphim; each one had six wings: with two he covered his face, with two he covered his feet, and with two he flew. 3 And one cried to another and said: “Holy, holy, holy is the Lord of hosts; The whole earth is full of His glory!” 4 And the posts of the door were shaken by the voice of him who cried out, and the house was filled with smoke. 5 So I said: “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 my eyes have seen the King, The Lord of hosts.” 6 Then one of the seraphim flew to me, having in his hand a live coal which he had taken with the tongs from the altar. 7 And he touched my mouth with it, and said: “Behold, this has touched your lips; Your iniquity is taken away, And your sin purged.” 8 Also I heard the voice of the Lord, saying: “Whom shall I send, And who will go for Us?” Then I said, “Here I am! Send me.” 9 And He said, “Go, and tell this people: ‘Keep on hearing, but do not understand; Keep on seeing, but do not perceive.’ 10 “Make the heart of this people dull, And their ears heavy, And shut their eyes; Lest they see with their eyes, And hear with their ears, and understand with their heart, and return and be healed.” Isaiah 8:1-10
Isaiah was commissioned in his ministry as a prophet to the nation of Israel, and prophet to all nations, in the very throne room of God. He saw Jesus Christ seated on the throne with the seraphim declaring His holiness and His glory. Christ’s holiness brought His chosen vessel, Isaiah, to see His wickedness. Isaiah realized that he was undone, condemned and without recourse. God in His mercy cleansed Isaiah of his sin, and commissioned him to be His prophet to His people when he answered the call to go to them on behalf of the Lord. Israel was grossly disobedient to the Lord, involved in immorality and idolatry. God sent Isaiah to reprove the nation, but with a message that they would not respond to because of their sin and because of God’s judgment on their sin.
The holiness of our Savior should move us to see and repent of our sin, and then to serve Him in preaching the truth of the gospel. Our duty is to teach and preach the truth. We are not responsible for the outcome, that is God’s work. We must be faithful to our Lord, because He is holy, to declare His Word with others, and leave the results to Him.
Here is another portion of Scripture that declares the holiness of God. It is found in the book of Revelation.
2 Immediately I was in the Spirit; and behold, a throne set in heaven, and One sat on the throne. 3 And He who sat there was like a jasper and a sardius stone in appearance; and there was a rainbow around the throne, in appearance like an emerald. 4 Around the throne were twenty-four thrones, and on the thrones I saw twenty-four elders sitting, clothed in white robes; and they had crowns of gold on their heads. 5 And from the throne proceeded lightnings, thunderings, and voices. Seven lamps of fire were burning before the throne, which are the seven Spirits of God. 6 Before the throne there was a sea of glass, like crystal. And in the midst of the throne, and around the throne, were four living creatures full of eyes in front and in back. 7 The first living creature was like a lion, the second living creature like a calf, the third living creature had a face like a man, and the fourth living creature was like a flying eagle. 8 The four living creatures, each having six wings, were full of eyes around and within. And they do not rest day or night, saying: “Holy, holy holy, Lord God Almighty, Who was and is and is to come!” 9 Whenever the living creatures give glory and honor and thanks to Him who sits on the throne, who lives forever and ever, 10 the twenty-four elders fall down before Him who sits on the throne and worship Him who lives forever and ever, and cast their crowns before the throne, saying: 11 “You are worthy, O Lord, To receive glory and honor and power; For You created all things, And by Your will they exist and were created.” Revelation 4:2-11
John was called into the throne room of God’s glorious presence, a reality beyond our imagination. Much like Isaiah’s experience in the throne room of God, John saw God in His glory upon His throne with the twenty-four elders, representing New Testament saints, and the living creatures worshiping Him, giving Him praise, honor, glory, declaring His holiness. John, who was already cleansed of His sin through the shed blood of Jesus Christ, knew God intimately, was not conscious of his own sinfulness, nor was he overwhelmed by the glory of God because Jesus Christ had already strengthened him. (Revelation 1:17) Just as God commissioned Isaiah from His throne room, John was called by Jesus Christ to write what he had seen. So John recorded his experiences within the throne room of God, which was all a prelude to God’s final judgment upon wicked humanity consummated before the establishment of Christ’s kingdom upon this earth. This prophetic message given to John was delivered to him to write as a testimony to what will happen in the end times right before and after Christ returns. Again this is a revelation of Jesus Christ which reveals His holiness and glory, and is an impetus for us, as believers, to live holy lives and to share the gospel with others while we have opportunity.
19 Write the things which you have seen, and the things which are, and the things which will take place after this. Revelation 1:19
1 The Revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave Him to show His servants—things which must shortly take place. And He sent and signified it by His angel to His servant John, 2 who bore witness to the word of God, and to the testimony of Jesus Christ, to all things that he saw. 3 Blessed is he who reads and those who hear the words of this prophecy, and keep those things which are written in it; for the time is near. Revelation 1:1-3
Since God is holy, Peter, directed by the Holy Spirit, declares that we too must be holy. This commandment is given to us throughout the Scriptures.
13 Therefore gird up the loins of your mind, be sober, and rest your hope fully upon the grace that is to be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ; 14 as obedient children, not conforming yourselves to the former lusts, as in your ignorance; 15 but as He who called you is holy, you also be holy in all your conduct, 16 because it is written, “Be holy, for I am holy.” 17 And if you call on the Father, who without partiality judges according to each one’s work, conduct yourselves throughout the time of your stay here in fear; 1 Peter 1:13-17
44 ‘For I am the Lord your God. You shall therefore consecrate yourselves, and you shall be holy; for I am holy. Neither shall you defile yourselves with any creeping thing that creeps on the earth. 45 For I am the Lord who brings you up out of the land of Egypt, to be your God. You shall therefore be holy, for I am holy.’ Leviticus 11:44-45
46 “For if you love those who love you, what reward have you: Do not even tax collectors do the same? 47 And if you greet your brethren only, what do you do more than others? Do not even the tax collectors do so? 48 Therefore you shall be perfect, just as your Father in heaven is perfect.” Matthew 5:46-48
The holiness of God brings us to see our sin and to declare that we are undone. By God’s holiness He made provision for our sin through the sacrifice of His Son Jesus Christ upon the cross for our forgiveness and reconciliation to God our Father and the promise of eternal life through His resurrection from the dead. Christ’s propitiation delivers us from God’s wrath that rests upon all sinners, because we have offend His holiness by our wicked works, satisfying His justice and making the sinner justified in His sight because He has removed our guilt and our sin by receiving in full the punishment that we deserve. The forgiveness we receive when we repent of our sins and put our faith in Jesus Christ reconciles us to God so that we can then live lives of grateful love and holy obedience to Him.
The holiness of God moves us to worship Him and declare His praise and honor. The holiness of God motivates us to tell others about our great God and to share the gospel of salvation with them. The holiness of God guarantees that this fallen world will not continue as it has in open unabated rebellion against Him, but that it will be judged by God and then be delivered to Jesus Christ for Him to reign a thousand years in righteousness by ruling through His holiness. Praise God for His holiness and glory that is soon to be on display before all mankind.
8 Therefore do not be ashamed of the testimony of our Lord, nor of me His prisoner, but share with me in the sufferings for the gospel according to the power of God, 9 who has saved us and called us with a holy calling, not according to our works, but according to His own purpose and grace which was given to us in Christ Jesus before time began, 10 but has now been revealed by the appearing of our Savior Jesus Christ, who has abolished death and brought life and immortality to light through the gospel, 11 to which I was appointed a preacher, an apostle, and a teacher of the Gentiles. 2 Timothy 1:8-11