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“          ho is like unto thee, O LORD,   ence recognize this, crying “Holy, holy,
                 among the gods? who is like
                                              earth is full of his glory” (Isa 6:3). One of
        Wthee, glorious in holiness, fear-    holy, is the LORD of hosts: the whole
        ful in praises, doing wonders?” (Exo   the ways that God describes Himself to
        15:11).                               His people is as the “Holy One of Israel”
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          There are many notable statements   (2Ki 19:22; Isa 1:4). When this title is used
        that attest the essential nature and awe-  of the Lord, particularly in the book of
        inspiring holiness of God. The quotation   Isaiah, it indicates a startling contrast to
        cited above is one of those. Its passion is   the sinful condition of Israel. It manifests
        magnified by the fact that the people who   His perfection and His absolute separation
        were singing these words had just seen the   from evil (Hab 1:13). God’s holiness will
        manifestation of God’s power and noted   also be exhibited on a universal scale in a
        the holiness of His person in redemption.   day to come: “Who shall not fear thee, O
                                              Lord, and glorify thy name? for thou only
        The Intimation of the Holiness        art holy: for all nations shall come and
        of God                                worship before thee; for thy judgments
          While the root, etymology and deriva-  are made manifest” (Rev 15:4).
        tives from which the Hebrew word “holy”   The Intrinsic Holiness of God
        comes are still unresolved, its meaning
        stands in direct contrast to that which is   As the Lord’s name is holy, so is His
        secular. The word clearly indicates some-  nature. He is morally perfect in every
        thing that is separate; to be “holy” marks   way: in His thoughts, deeds, motives and
        out and denotes separation from all that   movements. He is and always has been
        is unclean.                           and ever will be holy. The New Testament
          This contrast is seen when we consider   revelation of God is in agreement with
        the revelation of God; He has revealed   its Old Testament counterpart: “God is
        Himself as the one “who inhabits eternity,   light, and in him is no darkness at all” (1Jn
        whose name is Holy” (Isa 57:15 NKJV).   1:5). All three persons of the Godhead are
        The angelic beings that move in His pres-  described as being holy: God the Father
        ¹ Scripture quotations in this article are from the   (Joh 17:11), the Lord Jesus (Mar 1:24; Luk
        KJV unless otherwise noted.           1:35) and the Holy Spirit (Eph 1:13). The

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