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Holiness of God

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The moral excellence of God that unifies his attributes and is expressed through his actions, setting him apart from all others. Believers are called to be holy as God is holy.

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God’s nature is holy

He is perfect

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He is uniquely holy

1 Samuel 2:2 CSB
There is no one holy like the Lord. There is no one besides you! And there is no rock like our God.
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God’s name is holy

Ezekiel 36:21–23 CSB
Then I had concern for my holy name, which the house of Israel profaned among the nations where they went. “Therefore, say to the house of Israel, ‘This is what the Lord God says: It is not for your sake that I will act, house of Israel, but for my holy name, which you profaned among the nations where you went. I will honor the holiness of my great name, which has been profaned among the nations—the name you have profaned among them. The nations will know that I am the Lord—this is the declaration of the Lord God—when I demonstrate my holiness through you in their sight.
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God’s dwelling-place is holy

David’s palace was regarded as holy because of the presence of the ark
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God’s holiness is revealed in his righteous activity

Isaiah 5:16 CSB
But the Lord of Armies is exalted by his justice, and the holy God shows that he is holy through his righteousness.
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God’s holiness affects worship

It is celebrated in worship

Psalm 99:5 CSB
Exalt the Lord our God; bow in worship at his footstool. He is holy.
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Coming before a holy God requires preparation

Exodus 3:5 CSB
“Do not come closer,” he said. “Remove the sandals from your feet, for the place where you are standing is holy ground.”
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Special requirements and tasks are given to worship leaders

the priests; the high priest

Aaron and his family:

the Levites

God’s holiness is to be seen in his people

God’s people are to be holy because he is holy

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Becoming holy involves striving after God

2 Peter 3:14 CSB
Therefore, dear friends, while you wait for these things, make every effort to be found without spot or blemish in his sight, at peace.
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The holiness of believers originates from God

Exodus 31:13 CSB
“Tell the Israelites: You must observe my Sabbaths, for it is a sign between me and you throughout your generations, so that you will know that I am the Lord who consecrates you.
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Jesus Christ purifies Christian believers

1 John 1:7 CSB
If we walk in the light as he himself is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus his Son cleanses us from all sin.
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God’s holiness makes sin objectionable to him

Habakkuk 1:13 CSB
Your eyes are too pure to look on evil, and you cannot tolerate wrongdoing. So why do you tolerate those who are treacherous? Why are you silent while one who is wicked swallows up one who is more righteous than himself?
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God’s holiness necessitates dependence upon him for forgiveness

Psalm 51:1–17 CSB
Be gracious to me, God, according to your faithful love; according to your abundant compassion, blot out my rebellion. Completely wash away my guilt and cleanse me from my sin. For I am conscious of my rebellion, and my sin is always before me. Against you—you alone—I have sinned and done this evil in your sight. So you are right when you pass sentence; you are blameless when you judge. Indeed, I was guilty when I was born; I was sinful when my mother conceived me. Surely you desire integrity in the inner self, and you teach me wisdom deep within. Purify me with hyssop, and I will be clean; wash me, and I will be whiter than snow. Let me hear joy and gladness; let the bones you have crushed rejoice. Turn your face away from my sins and blot out all my guilt. God, create a clean heart for me and renew a steadfast spirit within me. Do not banish me from your presence or take your Holy Spirit from me. Restore the joy of your salvation to me, and sustain me by giving me a willing spirit. Then I will teach the rebellious your ways, and sinners will return to you. Save me from the guilt of bloodshed, God— God of my salvation— and my tongue will sing of your righteousness. Lord, open my lips, and my mouth will declare your praise. You do not want a sacrifice, or I would give it; you are not pleased with a burnt offering. The sacrifice pleasing to God is a broken spirit. You will not despise a broken and humbled heart, God.
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