In our study in Revelation, we are going to use a couple of posts to explore one of the most important attributes of God in all of Scripture, which is His holiness. In Scripture the Name of God is indicative of His character; thus we find the Psalmist praising and blessing His holy Name (Psalm 145:21). Here in the heavenly scene, the victors over the reign of the beast are singing a song of worship that includes the line, “For You alone are holy.” (Revelation 15:4) That is the exclamation that came from the lips of Isaiah (Isaiah 6:3) and the four beasts (Revelation 4:8).
As students of Scripture, but more importantly, as adopted children of The Living God (Romans 8:15; Galatians 4:5; Ephesians 1:5), it is vital for us to have a Biblical understanding of the nature of our Creator and God (Isaiah 40:28; Ecclesiastes 12:1). Failure to understand the nature of God as He is revealed in Scripture causes people to manufacture an inferior god, made after our own image and likeness (Romans 1:23-25). David, the man after God’s own heart declared, “But Thou art holy, O Thou that inhabit the praises of Israel.” (Psalm 22:3)
After God delivered the children of Israel out of Egypt in that miraculous passage through the Red Sea, we find them singing these words: “Who is like unto Thee, O LORD, among the gods? Who is like Thee, glorious in holiness, fearful in praises, doing wonders?” (Exodus 15:11) Holiness is God’s dwelling place (Psalm 11:4, 20:6, 24:3). One of the Messianic names of Jesus is “Holy One” (Psalm 16:10). The Spirit of God is most commonly identified in Scripture as The Holy Ghost (Matthew 28:19; John 14:26) or Holy Spirit (Luke 11:13; Ephesians 1:13, 4:30). The faith that was once delivered unto the saints (Jude 3) is a holy faith (Jude 20). Because our God is holy, He calls His children to be holy as well (1 Peter 1:15,16, 3:11). Our greatest need as a community of believers is to have a high and lofty view of our God.
Do you know this holy God? Isn’t it amazing that such a holy God can actually dwell inside of His creation? “For thus says the High and Lofty One who inhabits eternity, whose name is Holy: ‘I dwell in the high and holy place, with him also that is of a contrite and humble spirit, to revive the spirit of the humble, and to revive the heart of the contrite ones.’” (Isaiah 57:15) “For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved. He that believeth on Him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.” (John 3:17,18) Trust Christ this morning for the salvation of your eternal soul, and the Spirit of this holy God will begin to flow in you and through you for His glory.