El Qadosh – The Holy One
God is Holy. What does that mean?
According to the online resource, www.kingjamesbibledictionary.com/Dictionary/Holy it means that God is perfectly pure, immaculate and complete in moral nature—and I would add, complete in every way.
In my recent readings, I came across the idea that it is the gap between where we are in life and what we perceive as our “Ideal Self” that causes a lot of unhappiness. When we think in terms of Holiness, this is a biblical principle. God, of course, is the ultimate Ideal and He alone in Himself has obtained the perfection that we seek. Romans 3:23 (NLT) tells us that, “everyone has sinned; we all fall short of God’s glorious standard.”
We long to reach this standard, but too often we turn away from God’s perfection because it shines a glaring light on our own faults. But the good news is that God’s Holiness includes perfect love, grace, and mercy (Isaiah 57:15). Holiness does not mix with unholiness, but He did not turn away from us. Instead, He made a way for us to be perfect, too!
God came to earth as the man, Jesus, to pay the price to cancel our debts and when we accept His payment, our spirits are born again (2 Corinthians 5:17 NLT), washed clean and white (Isaiah 1:18, 1 John 1:9), and sealed to keep them that way until Christ comes again (Ephesians 1:13-14).
We are filled with the pure and perfect Holy Spirit, and this becomes our new identity. We wait for new bodies, and we renew our minds day-by-day (Romans 12:2) to be more in line with God’s way of thinking but the spiritual job is done once and for all.
Because of Jesus, we do not need to fear or hide from The Holy One. We can rejoice in the settled fact that we have been made the righteousness of God in Christ Jesus. When we focus on this truth, we live at peace with ourselves and with God (Romans 8:6). We are to put on the new self He has given us, created after the likeness of God in true righteousness and holiness (Ephesians 4:24 ESV).
Therefore, you shall be perfect, just as your Father in heaven is perfect (Matthew 5:48).
What do these verses show you about the nature of God?