Sunday, October 18, 2009

The Boolean Rule of Holiness?

I was presented a question today on the measure of holiness: how holy is God and how holy are you?

But I thought holiness is whether you are holy or you are not.

Is it not?

In our working out of our salvation, do we attain a certain "level" of holiness? Or do we remain sinners, but saved and justified, reaching to the holiness that is our mark of perfection when we become perfect in that Day to come?



  1. From something I penned a few years ago:

    "God is Holy" speaks of separateness. Because "God is Holy" He is separate ... separate from created beings and things. This is essential to a clear understanding of God. Because He is separate, it is somewhat impossible to understand Him and His ways. Nevertheless, understanding this causes us to see him as unique. This separateness manifests itself in three qualities ... goodness, justice and love. Without these the character of God comes into question and He is reduced to a divine despot.

    Maybe be holy is about being separate?

  2. The word holiness has the meaning of being separate, though in one of DA Carson's lectures/sermon he said it must be more than that because it wouldn't do to have it translated, Separate, Separate, Separate :)

    But yes, it points to the righteousness and justice of God in love, that is so holy that in comparison to us, it is indeed separate.