Bible Study Index
The Holy One
"To whom then will ye liken me, or shall I be equal? saith the Holy One." Isaiah 40:25
The first lesson in holiness is that God and God alone is holy. No amount of effort on our part, no amount of sacrifice, no amount of works on our part will even scratch the surface of true holiness. I've seen men go to great lengths to convince others just how holy they are. Fact is, those who profess to be holy in this way have the least amount of holiness of all as genuine holiness bears with it the mark of deep humility.
The great test of whether the holiness we profess to seek or to attain is truth and life will be whether it be manifest in the increasing humility it produces. In the creature, humility is the one thing needed to allow God's holiness to dwell in him and shine through him. In Jesus, the holy one of God who makes us holy, a divine humility was the secret of his life and his death and his exaltation; the one infallible test of our holiness will be the humility before God and men which marks us. Humility is the bloom and the beauty of holiness. — Andrew Murray
Holiness in God is not some aspiration achieved sometime in His eternal past, nor is it merely a characteristic of God. But much like a man is clothed in flesh, so God is clothed in holiness, it is His very being and because He is holy, all His attributes are holy. It is for this reason that man can never be holy apart from God dwelling in him. We are only as holy as God is in us.
"Holiness or Sanctification is not a quality or attribute which can be attributed to us apart from the indwelling of the Holy One. If we would be holy, we must be indwelt by Him who is holy. If we would have holiness, we must be infilled by the Holy One." — F. B. Meyer
The prophet Ezekiel gives us this hope of God's holiness in us, "A new heart also will I give you, and a new spirit will I put within you: and I will take away the stony heart out of your flesh, and I will give you an heart of flesh. And I will put my spirit within you, and cause you to walk in my statutes, and ye shall keep my judgments, and do them." (Ezekiel 36:26-27) Notice all the work of holiness in us is done by God Himself, or as Jesus said, "for without me ye can do nothing." (John 15:5)
The problem I have seen in the Church is that men seek the characteristics of God, holiness, love, goodness, and so forth, without seeking God Himself. (Never rely on moral virtue, it is at best filthy rags and no where near the holiness of God.) Men seek the gifts of the Spirit, they seek the promise of heaven and eternal life, all without seeking God Himself. The Church is run by men who are without God, who minister the holy things without ever truly seeking God. Multimillion dollar ministries with their super-star ministers all void of the knowledge of God and His infinite holiness. The blind leading the blind down what they perceive is the narrow way, rather lead men to destruction. "Woe unto you, lawyers! for ye have taken away the key of knowledge: ye entered not in yourselves, and them that were entering in ye hindered." (Luke 11:52) The key to knowledge is God Himself.
God is a jealous God and for man to presume to seek holiness while excluding the very source of Holiness is an inexcusable sin. Moreover, to presume to live the Christian life while excluding the very source of Life is an inexcusable sin. Holiness has become little more than a church cliche because so few are willing to pay the price of worldly separation to attain He who alone makes Holy.
True holiness is in the deep searching out of God Himself, it is the drawing near unto Him, the yielding up to Him in brokenness. Far too few seek Him this way which is why there are far too few genuinely holy men. "For thus saith the high and lofty One that inhabiteth eternity, whose name is Holy; I dwell in the high and holy place, with him also that is of a contrite and humble spirit, to revive the spirit of the humble, and to revive the heart of the contrite ones." (Isaiah 57:15)
"But if from thence thou shalt seek the LORD thy God, thou shalt find him, if thou seek him with all thy heart and with all thy soul." (Deut. 4:29) When you have truly found God, you will have found His holiness. At the bottom of evey page on my site you will find a quote that God spoke to my heart years ago in Bible College, "When to seek God has become life and to glorify God has become self, then you have truly found God." Don't be deceived, holiness will cost you everything, this is genuine sanctification.
"And the very God of peace sanctify you wholly." I Thess. 5:23, I Thess. 5:24. When we pray to be sanctified, are we prepared to face the standard of these verses? We take the term sanctification much too lightly. Are we prepared for what sanctification will cost? It will cost an intense narrowing of all our interests on earth, and an immense broadening of all our interests in God. Sanctification means intense concentration on God's point of view. It means every power of body, soul and spirit chained and kept for God's purpose only. Are we prepared for God to do in us all that He separated us for? And then after His work is done in us, are we prepared to separate ourselves to God even as Jesus did? "For their sakes I sanctify Myself." The reason some of us have not entered into the experience of sanctification is that we have not realized the meaning of sanctification from God's standpoint. Sanctification means being made one with Jesus so that the disposition that ruled Him will rule us. Are we prepared for what that will cost? It will cost everything that is not of God in us. — Oswald Chambers
When we ask God to make us holy we are asking God to be within us, that is holiness. A holy man is full of God because he sought God out and found Him and God was pleased to dwell within Him by virtue of the living Christ who died for him and has made him acceptable before the Father.
This indwelling of a pure and holy God will cost you your dreams, ambitions, hopes, future, and yes, even your very life. In exchange for your life, God will give unto you His life, His Holiness by coming into you and filling you with Himself. "If a man love me, he will keep my words: and my Father will love him, and we will come unto him, and make our abode with him." (John 14:23) This is, "Christ in you, the hope of glory." (Colossians 1:27) If you would be holy beloved, you must be filled with The Holy One!
Editorial by Randy Munter