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The Lord Your Healer: 

Discover Him and Find His Healing Touch by Paul J. Bucknell

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Discover Him and Find His Healing Touch

First step of discipleship
revive devotions
Advanced Discipleship

The Bible Teaching Commentary on Genesis: The Book of Foundations

Commentaries that specialize on training the teacher!

Overcoming Anxiety: Finding Peace, Discovering God


Knowing God: Experience & Love Him

Knowing God: Experience & Love Him

The Holiness of God

Assured that all our Lord’s requests
and plans are good.

Dr. Ridge Orr

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Knowing God Series Index

Series Introduction| Knowing God | The Revelatory God | Goodness of God | Holiness of God | Power of God | Omnipresent God | Exalted God | Faithfuness of God | Wisdom of God | Mercy of God |Wrath of God | Love of God | Sovereignty of God | Providence of God

Purpose: Grasping God’s untouchable holiness (His righteousness).

“Who among the gods is like you, O Lord? Who is like you – majestic in holiness, awesome in glory, working wonders?” (Exodus 15:11)

A) How does God’s holiness fit into the full spectrum of Godly attributes?

“Moreover, the doctrine of the unity of God should caution us against attempting to single out any one attribute of God as more important than all the others.

At various times, people have attempted to see God’s holiness, or his love, or his self-existence, or his righteousness, or some other attribute as the most important attribute of his being.

But all such attempts seem to misconceive of God as a combination of various parts, with some parts being somehow larger or more influential than others.” (Wayne Grudem)

Some theologians have referred to God’s holiness as the ‘attribute of attributes’

The ‘Name’ of God, which represents His character (Ps 103:1)
Scripture is replete with references to God as being HOLY.

“His wisdom, goodness, and power, are declared in creation; his sovereign authority in his law; his grace and mercy in the gospel, and his righteousness in all.”— Holy as Creator and Benefactor; Holy as Lawgiver and Judge; ‘ Holy as Restorer and Redeemer.” (Stephen Charnock)

B) How should we define the Holiness of God?

In negative terms, and we define it as meaning that God is entirely separate from and apart from sin. Holiness primarily means separation — separation from any and all evil.
But, of course, holiness is also something positive. It is essential, absolute purity.

The Bible teaches everywhere that God is holy, and part of this holiness is His hatred of sin and His separation from sin, from the sinner and from all that is evil. (Wayne Grudem)

1. Holy indicates the ‘apartness’ or ‘otherness’ of God, His transcendent majesty. This is why His people reverence, adore, worship, and honor Him. As taught in Scripture, Holy things were set apart for God – said to be ‘consecrated’.

2. At the same time, Holiness refers to God’s pure and righteous actions, His imminent presence or manifestation. It is essential and absolute purity. That is why God hates sin and must be totally separate from evil.

HOLY: God’s otherness has to do with His majesty & His purity has to do with His righteousness.

C) Which Bible characters outstandingly illustrate the experience of God as Holy?

1. Positive Examples:

2. Negative Examples:

The Bible depicts the ‘Holy One’ as “independently, infinitely, and immutably Holy” (Stephen Charnock).

He is the sum of all moral excellence, absolute purity, manifest perfection and that is why at times, God is revealed as One who swears by His name – His ‘HOLY character’.

D) In what practical ways is God’s holiness revealed?

  1. By His works, (Ps. 145:17),

  2. In His law, (Rom. 7:12) (Ps. 19:8,9)

  3. In His chosen people, (Lev 11:44-45 ; 20:7) (1 Cor 7:1) (1 Thes 3:13) (1 Pet 1:15-16)

  4. At the cross, (Heb. 10:10-14)

  5. Because of the honor of His Name, (Ezek. 36:20-23)
    “Power is God’s hand or arm, omniscience His eye, mercy His bowels, eternity His duration, but holiness is his beauty.” (Stephen Charnock)


Scriptures typically quoted from the New American Standard Bible unless noted: (C) Copyright The Lockman Foundation 1988

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