I feel there is a war going on inside of me. Do you have that feeling? The war is against the part of me that desires to obtain what will make me feel good short-term, and the part of me that desires to fulfill the will of God. The age-old: Good vs. Evil story. It's hard for me to imagine the time when I will no longer have that struggle. When I will be ONE.
DOCTRINE #21: HOLY
Holy means, "sacred and separated from everything else because it is of one substance: clean, pure". Holy is completely apparent to all. It is manifested. Holy lacks everything impure, dirty, and obscure. God is Holy. God's Spirit is the Holy Spirit. Jesus is the Holy One of God.
Question: Do you believe holiness is possible?
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"8 And the four living creatures, having each one of them six wings, are full of eyes round about and within: and they have no rest day and night, saying, Holy, holy, holy, is the Lord God, the Almighty, who was and who is and who is to come." (Revelation 4:8)
(God is Holy. What does "Holy" mean? In the New Testament, the Greek word was Strong's 40 - hagios. It meant a most holy thing and was even translated as the word "saint". Ultimately, "holy" means "of one substance". This was the cause, the effect of this definition is that the "holy" thing is "clean and pure". Notice, using "clean and pure" doesn't do this definition justice because we use the words "clean and pure" for something that still has even the smallest amount of impurity. When you use the word "clean" do you mean that their isn't any dirt at all, even microscopically? Here was another verse that helps us understand the extent to which God is "Holy"...)
"5 And this is the message which we have heard from him and announce unto you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all." (I John 1:5)
(The disciple John's main message was that God is light and in Him there is no darkness/obscurity/impurity AT ALL, not even one atom that is different from the rest of God! This is why it is impossible for God to lie. He doesn't have the causes in Him that would result in the effect of lying...not even one atom that is not the same substance as the rest of God. If God could lie, then He would be unclean and un-pure, and if He was unclean AT ALL, then He would not be Holy; He would not be God. This would be contradictory! God cannot have contradictions. Man can attempt to live with contradictions because man is wrong.)
"50 And Jesus cried again with a loud voice, and yielded up his spirit.
51 And behold, the veil of the temple was rent in two from the top to the bottom; and the earth did quake; and the rocks were rent;
52 and the tombs were opened; and many bodies of the saints that had fallen asleep were raised;
53 and coming forth out of the tombs after his resurrection they entered into the holy city and appeared unto many." (Matthew 27:50-53)
(The word for saints in this passage was Strong's 40 - hagios. These were purified believers who had died. It appears that all uncleanness is removed from those who are saints. These believers had faith and pleased God. They thought like God. Do you have the faith to believe that God could raise people from the dead? It was not only Jesus that was risen from the dead, it was these other believers. In fact, we all have an opportunity to be raised from the dead; we have a choice in this life if we are going to be a part of God's CAUSES, as these believers were. We have seen this begins as our responsibility, specifically with whether we choose to think like God or not. Let's look at the Old Testament passage that explained this veil in the temple...)
"33 And thou shalt hang up the veil under the clasps, and shalt bring in thither within the veil the ark of the testimony: and the veil shall separate unto you between the holy place and the most holy.
34 And thou shalt put the mercy-seat upon the ark of the testimony in the most holy place." (Exodus 26:33-34)
(The veil separated the holy place from the most holy place. In this passage, the Hebrew word for "holy" was Strong's 6944 - qodesh. It meant sacred, separated. The root of this word was Strong's 6942 - qadash, which meant to be clean... pure. Now we can see why this was translated as "holy". The implication being that it was set apart from everything else because it was more pure and more clean than the regular pure and clean place.)
"23 And straightway there was in their synagogue a man with an unclean spirit; and he cried out,
24 saying, What have we to do with thee, Jesus thou Nazarene? art thou come to destroy us? I know thee who thou art, the Holy One of God." (Mark 1:23-24)
(The demons called Jesus "the Holy One of God". The demons blatantly asked Jesus a WHAT question. They were asking Jesus for understanding because they didn't have understanding. Demons only have facts and experience, this is what we learned about animal thinking. Their belief did not create with a HOW/WHY, it is only focused on WHAT/facts. No wonder their second question was in regards to their survival!)
"36 David himself said in the Holy Spirit, The Lord said unto my Lord, Sit thou on my right hand, Till I make thine enemies the footstool of thy feet." (Mark 12:36)
(The Bible called God's Spirit "the Holy Spirit". David spoke a revelatory word that was wisdom. This was rhema. Clearly, this word was holy because it was from the Holy Spirit.)
"38 For whosoever shall be ashamed of me and of my words in this adulterous and sinful generation, the Son of man also shall be ashamed of him, when he cometh in the glory of his Father with the holy angels." (Mark 8:38)
(The Bible called the angels that come with Jesus "the holy angels". God is totally clean and pure, so these angels must be clean and pure as well. Look at what Jesus said about His words in that passage.)
"19 And Herodias set herself against him, and desired to kill him; and she could not;
20 for Herod feared John, knowing that he was a righteous and holy man, and kept him safe. And when he heard him, he was much perplexed; and he heard him gladly." (Mark 6:20)
(Herod recognized John the Baptist was a holy man. If you look at the story of John's life, it may not seem that he had lived the life that we would consider glamourous. He lived out in the wilderness, wore goat hair for underwear, and ate locus and wild honey. He must have been physically dirty, but he was spiritually pure and clean. Again, this spoke more to how John the Baptist thought than his appearance. Clearly, God looks on the inside, not the appearance as man does. God's measures are much different than man's measures.)
God is Holy. God being Holy is a WHAT, a pretty enormous WHAT. When the Bible spoke about other believers being holy, Jesus being Holy, and angels being holy, all have something in common, all of these individuals thought as God thinks.
We learned that the HOW/WHY creates because it is the cause. God has causes in place and the effect is that He is HOLY. Do you know How God is Holy? Do you know Why He is Holy? In the next Doctrine we will find out the causes for His Holiness.