God is Holy Therefore Be Holy
The characteristic of God as being Holy; is absolute, natural and infinite.
He is all Holy; as we say that He is omnipotent … He is omniscient.
Isaiah the Prophet recorded to us the praise of
the Seraphim as they sing and say: "Holy, holy, holy
is the LORD of hosts; the whole earth is full of His
glory" (Is 6:3).
And every day, we praise the Lord in the Agpeya
hours saying: "Holy God, Holy Mighty, Holy
Immortal". The book of Revelation had put down for
us the Praise of the Heavenly livings with their harps,
singing "Just and true are Your ways, O King of the
saints! Who shall not fear You, O Lord, and glorify
Your name? For You alone are holy" (Rev 15:3, 4).
The spirit of God in His Holiness is the Holy Spirit.
And as God is Holy, so are all what
God's sky is holy, God's Angels are Holy and
God's Book is the Holy Book. Prayers which are
addressed to God are also Holy Prayers. We pray the
sacrament of the Holy Eucharist during the Divine
Liturgy. We also read the holy Praise, the Holy
Psalmody and the Holy Kholagy (book of the Divine
The house of God is a Holy house. We say about
this in the Psalm "Holiness adorns Your house, O
LORD, forever." (Ps 93). God's day is a Holy day. And
so are all God's feasts, and His Holy Festivals during
which holy convocations are proclaimed at their
appointed times (Lv 23: 2-4).
The place in which we pray is called Holy, and so
is called the day as a holy day. We say this in the
Prayer of Thanksgiving "Let us also ask Him, the Lord
our God, the Almighty, to guard us in all peace this
holy day and all the days of our life". We also say "All
envy, all temptation, all the work of Satan, the
counsel of wicked men…take them away from us, and
from all Your people, and from this holy place that is
At this point, we come forth to the meanings
of: to be holy, sanctify, make holy…
At the beginning of the Lord's Prayer we say
"Hallowed be thy name". God's name is holy in its
nature. We mean, by this prayer, that people might
utter God's name with holiness, honor and veneration
and not in vain concerning trivial matters. And so it is
said in the commandment "You shall not take the
name of the LORD your God in vain" (Ex 20:7).
The word sanctify comes also means
consecrating to the Lord.
In that meaning the commandment says:
"Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy" (Ex
20:8). This means to dedicate this day only to God.
You don't make anything in that day except what is
dedicated only to God, as worshipping and
contemplating in the Lord's words and its
And so is God's commandment to Moses
"Consecrate to Me all the firstborn, whatever opens
the womb…it is Mine." (Ex 13:2) those of a human
who were devoted to serving the lord and that was
before assigning the tribe of Levite and the children of
Aaron for this mission…the firstborn of the beasts
were offered as sacrifices to the Lord. On the other
hand, Jesus Christ's saying to His Disciples: "for their
sakes I sanctify Myself" (Jn 17:19) means also to
devote Himself to care for them granting them
strength and purity.
It is known that Holiness means purity and
It was said: without holiness no one can see God.
God said about holiness "Be holy, for I am holy"
(1 P 1:16)
And also said "but as He who called you is holy,
you also be holy in all your conduct" (1 P 1:15). And
also the verse with the same meaning that says
"Blessed are the pure in heart, For they shall see
God" (Mt 5:8).
Uncleanness is the opposite of holiness; its
punishment is severe.
During the time of the Old Testament, they used
to describe as unclean those who have illness as
leprosy, the sick was carried outside the camp. Some
animals were also called unclean as pigs…
It was said about heavenly Jerusalem that "there
shall by no means enter it anything that defiles, or
causes an abomination" (Rev 21:27).
One of the clearest examples of uncleanness
is: sexual immortality.
God destroyed Sodom as a result of its depravity
(Gn 19). God drowned the earth into the waters of
the great flood. The first indication of the wickedness
of man on earth was "that the sons of God saw the
daughters of men that they were beautiful; and they
took wives for themselves of all whom they chose."
It was said about the dangerous significance of
fornication that our bodies are temples of God that is
why "If anyone defiles the temple of God, God will
destroy him. For the temple of God is holy, which
temple you are." (1 Co 3:16, 17).
Uncleanness is not limited only to
fornication; it goes as well for sins of the
As to this point, God said "Not what goes into the
mouth defiles a man; but what comes out of the
mouth, this defiles a man" (Mt 15:11). And
accordingly our master James the Prophet said about
the tongue "it defiles the whole body, and sets on fire
the course of nature" (Jas 3:6).
The Bible teaches us that the baptized
believers are themselves saints.
The Prophet says "Greet every saint in Christ
Jesus… All the saints greet you" (Phil 4:21, 22).
A believer is called a saint, because he has been
made holy by the precious blood of Jesus Christ which
cleanses us from all sin (1 Jn 1:7). The believer has
been cleaned from his sins during the holy baptism
out of which he was newly born as a pious man, and
also because he became sanctified by the holy chrism
anointing during which 36 of his body's openings and
joints were anointed with the holy chrism…
At the time being, we call certain degree of
believers as 'saint', at a certain level he is witnessed
to be living a holy life, or a saint who was of the
heroes of faith or those who have worked miracles.
We ask that we are granted to be sanctified
in our prayers, and in the Divine Liturgy…
In the prayer of the third hour, we say "send forth
upon us the grace of Your Holy Spirit, and purify us
from all defilement of body and spirit. Change us into
a spiritual manner of life, that we may walk in the
Spirit and not fulfill the lusts of the flesh".
And in the Divine Liturgy we say "purify our souls,
our bodies, our spirits", with this sanctification we
partake of the Holy communion memorizing the
saying of Samuel the Prophet
"Sanctify yourselves, and come with me to
the sacrifice" (1 S 16:5).
About partaking of the Holy Communion, we say
"the Holies for the holy "which means for the saintly
who are spiritually prepared to partake of the holy
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