God Is Holy School of Theology Series: Lecture 12
Ye Grace Life…Saints!
Imagine introducing yourself this way: "I am saint." This article shows that God considers you a saint, but that sin and the devil are hindrances to seeing yourself as among the holy ones.
The Holiness of God
On this topic of the holiness of God, the author starts by attempting to understand the meaning behind the Hebrew term used for the English word "holy." Suggestions include holiness as separation and as an expression of relationship. The author then goes on to describe the holiness of God as revealed in Scripture.
The Ethical Implications of Holiness in James
This article argues that the letter of James speaks of favouritism within the community of faith as a violation of the holy name of God. James 2:8 is a direct quote from Leviticus 19:18. Fiorello's thesis is that the whole of James 1:27-James 2:13 is tied to Leviticus 19 in a number of ways.
On Holiness and Sanctification
Knowing God’s Holiness
The Holiness of God: Awakening to His Character
What does it mean to say God is holy? This article argues that holiness defines the otherness of God. It discusses the two principles of holiness in God. It draws implications for the believer.
Acting the Miracle – Prelude to Acting the Miracle: Putting Sanctification in Its Place
In the first part of Chapter 1, Piper defines sanctification. In the next part he gives it a place in the order of salvation. He explains that sanctification has to do with being and becoming holy and this is nothing less than a sharing in the holiness of God.
What is a Holy Life?
What does it mean to live a holy life? True holiness is summed up in the command of Matthew 22:37-40.
The Creation and Fall of Man (2): The Righteous and Holy Image Bearer
Only God’s children are true bearers of God’s image. This is so because bearing God’s image implies that one is righteous, holy, and knows God. Only the regenerate can be referred to in this way.
The Bible reminds Christians that they are strangers and pilgrims in this world. Why is this so? This article discusses God’s holiness and the call to reflect this holiness. Being holy requires Christians to separate themselves from sin, and as a result they become strangers to worldly life.
Sometimes people speak about there being two types of Christians - those who show their faith by holy lives and those who do not. This is not biblical, since true faith transforms lives to be holy. There is no such thing as a carnal Christian. This thinking robs Christians of assurance and fills the church with unbelievers.
Being holy begins with the work of the Spirit through regeneration. Holiness is progressive, fights sin, mortifies sin, and pursues purity.
The Importance of Holiness
Holiness is important for the Christian life because it is God's will that we should be holy. Holiness is the result of Christ and the Holy Sprit's work, is the fruit of true faith and love, is a form of witnessing for Christ, and provides comfort and prepares the believer for heaven.
I Believe in … The Holy Catholic Church; The Communion of Saints
This article on the Apostles' Creed describes what Christians confess when they say that they believe in the holy catholic church and the communion of saints.