holiness

holiness

A term signifying separation from what is ordinary or profane. In the OT God is the Holy One par excellence. Israel’s earliest hymn praises God as “majestic in holiness” (Exod 15:11). Both Psalms and Isaiah frequently refer to God as the Holy One (Isa 1:4; Isa 5:19; Ps 99). Places where God appeared and was customarily worshiped were also holy (Gen 28:11-22; Exod 3:5; 1Kgs 8:10-11). Holiness may also include the idea of consecration to God; the equipment used in the Temple was especially set aside and thus holy. Holiness extended also to the name of God (Lev 20:3), to the Sabbath (Gen 2:3), and to the appointed festivals (Lev 23), and Israel itself is a holy nation (Exod 19:4; Deut 7:6). The Holiness Code, a comprehensive series of ethical and ritual laws in (Lev 18-26), details observances to maintain holiness. The NT reaffirms many of the ideas of holiness found in Judaism. The Temple occurs as a metaphor for Christian holiness (1Cor 3:17; 1Cor 6:19). God is addressed as “Holy Father” by Jesus (John 17:11), praised in heaven by the threefold “Holy” of Isaiah (Rev 4:6-10; Isa 6:3), and addressed by the petition of the Lord’s Prayer, “Hallowed be your name” (Matt 6:9). The unclean spirit recognizes Jesus as the Holy One of God (Mark 1:24), as does Peter (John 6:69). The disciples preaching after Jesus’s death refer to him as holy (Acts 3:14; Acts 4:27; Acts 4:30), as does the book of Revelation (Rev 3:7). Like Israel in the OT, the Christian community is holy (Rom 1:7; 1Cor 1:2; 1Cor 7:14; 1Pet 2:9).

Exod 15:11

11“Who is like you, O Lord, among the gods?
Who is like you, majestic in holiness,
awesome in splendor, doing wonders?

Isa 1:4

4Ah, sinful nation,
people laden with iniquity,
offspring who do evil,
children who deal corruptly,
who have forsaken the Lord,
who have despised the Holy One o ... View more

Isa 5:19

19who say, “Let him make haste,
let him speed his work
that we may see it;
let the plan of the Holy One of Israel hasten to fulfillment,
that we may know it!”

Ps 99

Praise to God for His Holiness
1The Lord is king; let the peoples tremble!
He sits enthroned upon the cherubim; let the earth quake!2The Lord is great in Zion;
... View more

Gen 28:11-22

11He came to a certain place and stayed there for the night, because the sun had set. Taking one of the stones of the place, he put it under his head and lay do ... View more

Exod 3:5

5Then he said, “Come no closer! Remove the sandals from your feet, for the place on which you are standing is holy ground.”

1Kgs 8:10-11

10And when the priests came out of the holy place, a cloud filled the house of the Lord,11so that the priests could not stand to minister because of the cloud; ... View more

Lev 20:3

3I myself will set my face against them, and will cut them off from the people, because they have given of their offspring to Molech, defiling my sanctuary and ... View more

Gen 2:3

3So God blessed the seventh day and hallowed it, because on it God rested from all the work that he had done in creation.

Lev 23

Appointed Festivals
1The Lord spoke to Moses, saying:2Speak to the people of Israel and say to them: These are the appointed festivals of the Lord that you shal ... View more

Exod 19:4

4You have seen what I did to the Egyptians, and how I bore you on eagles' wings and brought you to myself.

Deut 7:6

6For you are a people holy to the Lord your God; the Lord your God has chosen you out of all the peoples on earth to be his people, his treasured possession.

Lev 18-26

Sexual Relations
1The Lord spoke to Moses, saying:2Speak to the people of Israel and say to them: I am the Lord your God.3You shall not do as they do in the lan ... View more

1Cor 3:17

17If anyone destroys God's temple, God will destroy that person. For God's temple is holy, and you are that temple.

1Cor 6:19

19Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, which you have from God, and that you are not your own?

John 17:11

11And now I am no longer in the world, but they are in the world, and I am coming to you. Holy Father, protect them in your name that you have given me, so that ... View more

Rev 4:6-10

6and in front of the throne there is something like a sea of glass, like crystal.
Around the throne, and on each side of the throne, are four living creatures, ... View more

Isa 6:3

3And one called to another and said:
“Holy, holy, holy is the Lord of hosts;
the whole earth is full of his glory.”

Matt 6:9

9“Pray then in this way:
Our Father in heaven,
hallowed be your name.

Mark 1:24

24and he cried out, “What have you to do with us, Jesus of Nazareth? Have you come to destroy us? I know who you are, the Holy One of God.”

John 6:69

69We have come to believe and know that you are the Holy One of God.”

Acts 3:14

14But you rejected the Holy and Righteous One and asked to have a murderer given to you,

Acts 4:27

27For in this city, in fact, both Herod and Pontius Pilate, with the Gentiles and the peoples of Israel, gathered together against your holy servant Jesus, whom ... View more

Acts 4:30

30while you stretch out your hand to heal, and signs and wonders are performed through the name of your holy servant Jesus.”

Rev 3:7

The Message to Philadelphia
7“And to the angel of the church in Philadelphia write:
These are the words of the holy one, the true one,
who has the key of David, ... View more

Rom 1:7

7To all God's beloved in Rome, who are called to be saints:
Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.

1Cor 1:2

2To the church of God that is in Corinth, to those who are sanctified in Christ Jesus, called to be saints, together with all those who in every place call on t ... View more

1Cor 7:14

14For the unbelieving husband is made holy through his wife, and the unbelieving wife is made holy through her husband. Otherwise, your children would be unclea ... View more

1Pet 2:9

9But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God's own people, in order that you may proclaim the mighty acts of him who called you out of dar ... View more

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