What is “Holiness?”

I preached from Colossians 1:15-23 on Sunday night. During the course of the sermon I spoke about what God looked like and of course linked that to Jesus being the visible image of the invisible God.

In speaking about God’s love and holiness I asked what does a loving God look like? What does a holy God look like and then asked what is holiness? And came to the conclusion that if Jesus is the image of God and is God – then he is the image of what a loving God looks like. Jesus is the image of what a holy God looks like.

Jesus is the epitome of holiness. He is the epitome of love. The way he walked, spoke, lived, ate, breathed, taught and engaged within society is the perfect reflection and example of holiness – because all he did was and is holy. Holiness is not some form of perfect ephemeral state that we can’t quite put our finger on, nor is it something we can’t describe.

Jesus is our perfect example of love and holiness because he is pure love and holiness.

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7 Responses to What is “Holiness?”

  1. tildeb says:

    Yet he kills a tree out of spite.

  2. Craig Benno says:

    It does appear to be out of spite doesn’t it. Yet not all is as it appears to be and so the question needs to be asked, was it out of spite – or was it something else.

    I suspect it had something to do with something else and that something else was to do with appearances…linked to the temple on the mount and the religious practices within…which appeared to be good – but in reality was rotten.

    The context of the story would suggest that…

    • tildeb says:

      Ah yes, back to context:

      ‘Should I not have pity on Nineveh, that great city?’ (Jonah 4.11); it ends with, ‘It will be more endurable for Sodom on the day of judgment than for that town’ (Jesus talking about a town which rejects his disciples, Matthew 10.15). It begins with, ‘The Lord is good to all who call upon him’ (Lamentation 3.25); and it ends with, “Whoever speaks against the holy spirit, there is no forgiveness whether in this world or the next’ (Matthew 12.32). And let us not forget to follow jesus’ injunction to “hate” our own family members. But so busy are you altering context to soften these harsh and judgmental utterances that contradict the accepted image of a kind, gentle, forgiving Jesus that I think you are losing something important in the interpretive editing.

      • Craig Benno says:

        Tildeb…Well your a classic example of blasphemy against the holy spirit… While ever any harden their heart against the spirits convicting them of sin and their need for forgiveness…simply put – it is impossible for that person to be forgiven.

        While you claim to have no need for forgiveness from God…you can’t ask for it…and therefore you are in a unforgivable state.. What is so hating about that…

        The offer is a free gift…like all gifts…it does need to be received. . .

      • tildeb says:

        I’m just pointing out the discrepancy between what scripture reveals about jesus the man and your interpretation of it to produce a “perfect example of love and holiness because he is pure love and holiness.” You may wish it were so, but is your wish a true comprehension of what your source material actually says? And before you lay the blame for rejecting this ‘gift’ of a similar understanding to your own on me, know that it is an old theological problem, one that I recently read about here.

  3. Craig Benno says:

    I have read that article before its its complete tripe…. are you being judgemental if you discipline your kids? If you send out invites to people to come to your party…are you judgemental if they decide not to come…

    Jesus sayings about the towns he went through is a judgement against those who rejected him…. so…are you considered to be judgemental if you decry those who reject you?

    • Craig Benno says:

      Regarding Jesus calling the woman a dog… I made the following comment elsewhere on a discussion about this…

      There is a huge word play going on here. The region this happened in was within the rich agricultural area of Israel; which was under Roman rule….the Jewish farmers were basically enslaved by the authorities who would take the bulk of their produce / profits for themselves and leave the farmers with just enough to live on…

      A common saying of the day was that the Jewish farmers were dogs and deserved to live on breadcrumbs…. So with that framework in mind… Jesus was actually making a statement of who was really in authority…

      Did they not have the ultimate authority…why didn’t they deliver her daughter from the demon who afflicted her… The woman’s reply was that she was actually submitting under the authority of Jesus, calling him lord and that only he had authority over her life….and therefore made herself equal to that of the broken Jewish people whom Jesus had been ministering to.

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