Sharing in God’s Holiness

The holiness of God is beyond man’s ability to face it without becoming undone and falling to the ground. Isaiah cried, Woe is me! For I am undone and ruined, 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 of hosts! (Isaiah 6:5).  Sharing in God’s holiness is a step we take to be closer to Him. These are steep and hard steps; they are those that bring us grief mingled with tears, hardships to the point of giving up. These steps are the steps where sufferings are the main feelings the soul experiences. The higher we go the steeper and more difficult the way gets. We must share His suffering if we are to share His holiness. There is no short cut, as there were no short cuts of suffering for our Lord and Savior, when paying for the penalty of our sins. If we reject suffering that comes from Him, we are rejecting the way to our sanctification, which is the most important step after being saved, to have our salvation complete and for us to share in God’s holiness. We were called unto holiness. It is written, You shall be holy, for I am holy (I Peter 1: 16); as the One Who called you is holy, you yourselves also be holy in all your conduct and manner of living (I Peter 1:15). We were regenerated through the blood of the Lamb; He purchased us with His precious blood. It was not by God’s holiness that we were saved, but by His grace and mercy. We could never have been saved otherwise. When God’s Son suffered all the scourges and crucifixion in our instead, that was God’s punishment on His Son. The Prophet Isaiah said, …And the Lord has made to light upon Him the guilt and iniquity of us all (Isaiah 53: 6b); and Yet it was the will of the Lord to bruise Him; He has put Him to grief and made Him sick. (Isaiah 53:10a).  But at the same time, He dispensed His grace and mercy toward us. To the Ephesians Paul confirms when he said (Eph. 2:8-9), For it is by grace that you are saved through faith; and this salvation is not of yourselves, but it is the gift of God; not because of works, lest any man should boast. To achieve God’s holiness is to go through the process of sanctification. Walking in obedience shows our love for Him and in agreement with Him. Together, we walk the road to sanctification, guided by His Holy Spirit into the holiness of God. When the holiness of God was seen on Mount Sinai, upon Him coming down to covenant with Israel, nature could not hold him without trembling with thunder, lightning, and fire. God’s holiness should produce in us the fear and awe of Him. Israel, when experiencing His presence, begged Moses to speak to them instead of God. Their idolatrous ways were a stumbling block to face the One and true God. They could not face Him without falling back and standing afar off.

Who shall not reverence and glorify Your name, O Lord? For You only are holy; all nations shall come and pay homage and adoration to You, for Your just judgments (Rev. 15:4). After crossing the Red Sea on dry ground, Moses acknowledged the majesty and holiness of the Lord saying, Who is like You, O Lord, among the gods? Who is like You, Glorious in holiness, awesome in splendor, doing wonders? (Ex. 15:11). How does one describe the holiness of God? Seemly, so out of our reach, it overwhelms us, causing us to hide from the splendor of His holiness, while we see our sinful condition, as Adam and Eve did when they lost the position of being holy to being unholy. The unholy cannot meet the Holy without reacting. Untainted by evil, pure without blemish, deserving our reverence and fear, the Holiness of God causes even nature and the earth to tremble, as an electric shock in times of a storm. But Heaven is filled with the holiness of God and with worship of Him day and night. The four creatures of Revelation 4:7-9 worship God with honor, thanksgiving through eternity to eternities without stopping saying, Holy, holy, holy is the Lord God Almighty; Who was and Who is and Who is to come. The love of God is visible in the sacrifice of His Son, and in His sharing His holiness with mankind. His holiness is beyond our reach, for we were born in sin. Our nature received the curse of sin and death when Adam and Eve fell into sin. However, the Son of God broke the chains of sin and death and freed us to be His children and sharers of His glory, and of His holiness at the moment of our new birth. The veil of the temple was torn in two and the access to the Holy God was offered us. We are free to enter His presence and be sharers of His holiness.

We are called to be holy as God is holy. The road to His holiness is narrow and not frequently traveled, because it is not the work of the flesh, for it will never submit to the Holy Spirit. It is instead, the work of His Holy Spirit. YAHSHUA gave us the guidelines how to pursue the holiness of God through His teachings: lose sight of self, take up your cross and follow Him. His words are permanently written, remaining powerful and convicting, clear, without any shadow of doubt. We are Crucified with Him to pursue a life filled with His Spirit, born to a new way of life, no longer one to please the world or the flesh. We are sharers of His holiness, that He might present the church (us) to Himself in glorious splendor, without spot or wrinkle or any such things (Eph. 5:27).

Author: Jacinta da Cruz Rodgers

I have been committed to teaching the truth of the Word of God beginning with Trans World Radio on Bonaire, N.A and Swaziland, Africa (1969-1980), then through churches in the United States in both English and Portuguese and then through ministry in Israel (2005-2006). This ministry continues through local Bible studies and outreach to the world via the internet. I have written a book about my life from that of an orphan in Brazil to missionary in 5 countries. You can find out more on the "Book" page of our blog site.

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