God is Holy


·                     God is holy (Leviticus 19:2) and requires His people to be holy also.

·                     Holy = pure, undefiled, separate from sin, clean, perfection freedom from evil.


God’s Holiness is a Standard


a)            A standard is something we can use to measure things against.  A standard is fixed it does not change.  Eg, the only way you can tell exactly the length of one metre is to use a ruler or tape measure.  A metre length does not change.  In the same way God’s holiness is a standard or ‘measure’ that we can use to determine right and wrong.


b)            God’s holiness exposes sin (Isaiah 6:1-5).  When Isaiah saw the Lord he immediately became aware of his own sin and the sin of the people around him (verse 5).


·                     God requires His people to be holy (Ephesians 5:1-7).

·                     Christians are expected to imitate or follow God by walking in love and departing from sinful attitudes and activities.


·                     There are destructive consequences from sin.

·                     There are always consequences for sin.


a)            Law of sowing and reaping (Galatians 6:7).


b)            Dominion of evil spirits (Ephesians 4:27; 1 Samuel 16:14; Luke 22:3).  Sin gives access for evil spirits.


c)            Discipline (Hebrews 12:6).


d)            Direct judgement:

i)              Supernatural intervention.  Examples:  Noah and the flood; Sodom and Gomorrah; Nahab and Abihu; Korah; Ananias and Saphira (Acts 5:1-11); Herod (Acts 12:20); Elymas (Acts 13:8-12).


ii)             The cross.  The cross is a reminder to all of the serious consequences of sin.


iii)            Eternal judgement.

                                    Sinners            - judgement of condemnation

                                    Christians        - judgement of reward


·                     Everyone is held accountable in this life and the next.