The Bible is referred to as the ‘Holy’ Bible but have you ever wondered as to what makes a book distinct as being ‘Holy’? The Bible is called the Holy Bible, because the author (i.e. God) is Holy (2 Timothy 3:16; 1 Peter 1:15-16) and it is written so that the readers (i.e. you and me) can be sanctified by internalizing it and become Holy as well. God commands each of us to be Holy, for He is Holy (1 Peter 1:15-16). Each book in the Bible paints the story of a Holy God who sent his Holy Son (Mark 1:24; 1 Peter 2:22), to die for us, an unholy people, so that His Holiness may be imputed on us, when we believe in his Son. In fact, there is no other way for us (readers) to become Holy, except by believing in the Holy Son of God and the ‘Holy Bible’ teaches us that.
Points to ponder:
God requires for us to be Holy for he is Holy. Are you? Am I?
In other words, have you believed in Jesus Christ, the Only begotten Holy Son of God.
1 Peter 1:15-16 (KJV)
15 But as he which hath called you is holy, so be ye holy in all manner of conversation;
16 Because it is written, Be ye holy; for I am holy.
Mark 1:23-25 records the story of Jesus ridding a man with unclean spirits. It reads as follows –
23 And there was in their synagogue a man with an unclean spirit; and he cried out,
24 Saying, Let us alone; what have we to do with thee, thou Jesus of Nazareth? art thou come to destroy us? I know thee who thou art, the Holy One of God.
25 And Jesus rebuked him, saying, Hold thy peace, and come out of him.
This event is also recorded in Luke 4:33-35.
Acting collectively as one, the unclean spirits made a proclamation and confidently stated that they knew who Jesus was. Some of the listeners in the synagogue were from the band that was constantly trying hard to discredit Jesus. At one time some even accused Jesus, alleging that His exorcising power was from the devil (Matthew 12:24). If they were in the crowd this day, they must have inquisitively waited to hear what the spirits had to say about Jesus. They must have been waiting eagerly to get proof of their accusations, because even the unclean spirits, seemed to know who Jesus was. But the next declaration of who Jesus really was must have been mind blowing to these religious zealots and hypocrites. Jesus was declared to be the Holy One of God. This has serious implications. No one could have this name, except God God-self for the scriptures say that there is none holy as the LORD (1 Samuel 2:2). The unclean spirits were in fact affirming that Jesus was God because He was the Holy One of God.
Do we recognize Jesus for who He really is? Do we recognize that He is indeed God, a Holy God and the Holy One of God? What do we have to say His name is? The Name is Holy One of God.
1 Samuel 2:2 (KJV)
2 There is none holy as the LORD: for there is none beside thee: neither is there any rock like our God.
If asked, what is the first thing that God would want us to do – there are many things that come to mind, some of which may be, to fulfill the great commission (Matthew 28:18-20), to be fishers of men, to ___________ (fill in the blank). But the first requirement that was given by God to man is recorded in Leviticus 19:2 and that is “Be HOLY”.
Leviticus 19:1-2 is about the LORD (Jehovah) speaking to Moses, saying, Speak unto all the congregration (of the children of Israel), an say unto them, YE SHALL BE HOLY: FOR I THE LORD YOUR GOD AM HOLY.
Without being Holy, any other thing that we expect to do or be first, including fulfillment of the great commission or being fishers of men will be superfluous.
Point(s) to Ponder:
Lets vouch to be HOLY just our God, Jehovah is; living lives that are pleasing to God, in our thought, word and deed.