What is Holiness?
1 : the quality or state of being holy -- used as a title for various high religious dignitaries
2 : SANCTIFICATION
Function: adjectiveInflected Form(s): ho·li·er; -estEtymology: Middle English, from Old English hAlig; akin to Old English hAl whole -- more at WHOLE
1 : exalted or worthy of complete devotion as one perfect in goodness and righteousness
2 : DIVINE
3 : devoted entirely to the deity or the work of the deity
4 a : having a divine quality : venerated as or as if sacred
We sing about it, we seek it, we say we have it, and we talk about how God is defined by it, but what is holiness? Webster's dictionary can offer us some interesting definitions, but still seems to fall short of what holiness really is. The English word "holy" is used about 650 times in Scripture, "holiness" 21 times. The angels declare God's holiness in Isaiah 6. Peter tells us in his first epistle that we ought to be holy like God. So it is apparent that we ought not only to understand what it means to be holy, but we ought to practice it as well.
Because of this necessity, I have decided to take some time and talk about this issue with the weblog. I have realized recently that corollary issues like sin and atonement are very misunderstood among Christians. So I am going to start with holiness and work toward an understanding of what it means to lack holiness and how that affects us spiritually. Finally, I want to show from Scripture how we become holy and how that translates to a change in our lifestyle.
I hope some of you will hang with me on this and interact some. Let me know if you have any questions that you want me to address and maybe we can together find some Biblical answers.
Until Christ is Formed in Us All,