© 13 April 2018 Revive Israel
Seven Attributes of Holiness
One of the most important passages on holiness is the revelation Isaiah had
of the glorified Messiah.
I saw the Lord sitting on a throne, high and lifted up, and the
train of His robe filled the Temple. Above it stood seraphim... And one cried
to another and said, "Holy, holy, holy is the Lord of Hosts; the whole
earth is full of His glory." And the posts of the door were shaken by
the voice of him who cried out and the house was filled with smoke. 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
Let us fix our eyes on Yeshua and desire to be holy like Him. There are seven
attributes of holiness.
1. High and Lifted Up
There was something lofty and high about this vision of holiness.
It is about living on a higher plane. It makes me think about a person riding
in a helicopter who is far above the traffic jams of the morning rush hour.
Isaiah realized that the person he saw in this vision had something more than
he had. He thought to himself, "I want to be close to Him. I want to be
with Him. I want to be like Him. I want to be holy."
2. Shining in Light
A being filled with divine presence shines with light. This is called
the glory of God. To be holy is to be filled with glory. Holiness is glorious.
The whole earth will one day be filled with the glory of God through the children
of God. As we become holy, we are also filled with light.
3. Full of Power
Holiness is the opposite of worldliness. To be holy we have to say "no" to
the world, the flesh, and the devil. But holiness is more than just a list
of "don'ts." After all, holiness existed before worldliness. To
be holy is to come into the power of God. It is His ability. In this passage,
His very presence shakes the whole building.
4. Splendid in Beauty
This holy and glorious figure is extremely attractive. Holiness is
beautiful. The greatest pleasure of the world to come will be simply to gaze
upon the beauty of the Lord (Psalm 27:4). This world is also
filled with beautiful things. We can be drawn to the things of this world by
the lust of our eyes. However, the beauty of the Lord in his holiness is more
beautiful and more attractive than the things of this world. We have something
better to look at. We can worship the Lord in the beauty of His holiness. (Psalm
5. Spiritually Clean
When someone is holy they are free from guilt and shame. They are
not dirty on the inside. Isaiah, who was probably the most clean person living
on the earth in his generation, immediately felt unclean when he looked at
this perfectly clean being. He felt unclean and asked to be cleansed. To feel
dirty on the inside is a terrible feeling. Just to be free from that sense
of uncleanness, to be clean in our conscience, is already worth more than any
of the pleasures and lusts of this world. We are cleansed by the blood of Yeshua
and by the fire of the Holy Spirit.
6. Morally Pure
Holiness is the highest level of purity. It is the highest level of
morality. One aspect of holiness is to have pure motives. Many of us have decent
and good motives, but even these are not really pure. Even when people do good
things, there can be certain underlying selfish motives. To be really pure
would be to have our thoughts and motives openly displayed for everyone to
see. We can only have truly pure motives when we yield to the leading of the
Holy Spirit within us, and act according to His motives.
7. Wholly Perfect
To be holy is to be perfect. Our father in heaven is perfect, and
Yeshua calls us to be perfect like Him (Matthew 5:48). After
we are saved, we enter into a process of being made perfect by the Holy Spirit.
That is the process of sanctification. Through the promises of God, we cleanse
ourselves both in spirit and body to become perfect in holiness (2
Corinthians 7:1). Though we are not fully sanctified yet, we press
on toward the goal of becoming perfectly holy (Philippians 3:12).
Why We Believe in Yeshua
“I choose life. I choose to believe in the good things. Even if it’s a lie,
even if I’m wrong. That’s my choice. I’d rather die believing good than believing
bad. And it’s our choices that make reality. Now make a choice. What do you
choose?” – Youval Yanay
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