September 4, 2022
Key Scriptures: Genesis 1:27 NLT; Psalms 86:11 NLT; John 8:31-32; John 14:16-17 NIV; Exodus 34:6-7 NLT; Exodus 3:14 NLT; Exodus 3:5-6 NLT; Genesis 17:1 NLT; 1 Peter 1:14-16 NLT; Psalms 86:11 NLT; 1 Thessalonians 5:23 NLT; 1 Corinthians 1:30 NLT; Isaiah 9:6 NLT; 2 Timothy 1:7 NLT; Galatians 5:22-23 NLT
Holiness – distinct, separate, in a class by oneself, morally pure.
- The Holy Spirit brings us into a relationship with the Word and therefore the Father. The Father initiates our identity, restores it through Christ, and brings the expression of it through the Holy Spirit.
- Making us in His image before the revelation of identity and relationship is the highest expression of Grace.
- God the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit were all involved in the creation of mankind in their image.
- The Father, Son, and Holy Spirit share the same base qualities but express them uniquely.
- The fullness of God when expressed in Holiness and Truth produce the complete expression of the image of God in us.
- Wisdom developed the plan for salvation.
- Power sees that plan to its successful completion.
- Justice ensures that God’s perfect law brings balance to those who participate in the plan.
- Love will always be the moving force behind that plan.
- Truth ensured that the promise of our salvation would be kept no matter the cost.
- Holiness set us apart throughout faith in Jesus and made us right before the Father and brought us into the arena of peace ready for the balance of His image to become our reality.
“The Bible says that God is holy, holy, holy. Not that He is merely holy, or even holy, holy. He is holy, holy, holy. The Bible never says that God is love, love, love, or mercy, mercy, mercy, or wrath, wrath, wrath, or justice, justice, justice. It does say that He is holy, holy, holy, the whole earth is full of His glory.”
Let’s Talk: I remember having this experience one time with someone I worked for. We had an opportunity to go on an overnight trip with some of the other employees to a conference and we had the chance to just hang out. It was so strange—the person I worked for was totally different! We had a great time laughing, telling jokes, going out to eat, and just hanging out. I realized, that was still the same person that I worked for, who seemed all about the business, but I had never seen that side of them. You know, I think God is that way for many people. They only see one side of God and never get a chance to experience more of who He is. This is why it is important to be in an active relationship with God so we can learn more of who He is as He relates to us as the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Who knows, you may discover a side of God you never knew existed!
- How can you learn about the different expressions of God the Father, The Son, and the Holy Spirit?
- In what ways are the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit different?
- In what ways are the Father, Son and Holy Spirit the same?
- How can studying each expression of God help you understand better who He is?
Let’s Think: One example we see in the Bible of someone who desired to know God more was Moses. Because the Word (Jesus) wasn’t fully revealed and the Holy Spirit hadn’t been given yet, even Moses was limited in knowing God. He knew God as Yahweh or El-Shaddai but was unable to know other expressions of who He was. Even though it must have been an incredible time to live, it must have been almost frustrating to not be able to know God in a more complete way. Even when Moses asked to know God more, he was only allowed to see some of who God was. Now that Jesus has come to show us the Father, and the Holy Spirit has been given to empower us to walk out the promises of God, there is nothing to keep us from knowing Him more.
- How have you limited your view of God?
- What keeps you from knowing God more?
- How much more of an advantage do we have over Moses in our personal relationship with God?
- How grateful are you for the Word and the Holy Spirit?
Going Deeper: One major difference we now have is the Word (Jesus) revealed to us. Through Jesus, we are settled, balanced, made perfect, and set aside from the mayhem of the world. In other words we are made holy by Jesus. Because Moses didn’t have this revelation of Jesus, they used rules, regulations, and animal sacrifice to make them holy, which really didn’t complete the job. Now, through Jesus, our salvation story is secured! Sin brought death and destruction but holiness through Christ brings health and well-being. God wants your mind and heart to be filled with His holy qualities. As your life is transformed, you will project the light of His holiness into the darkness of the evil world. Then you shall be holy and He is holy.
- How did the Old Testament law and sacrifices attempt to make someone holy?
- How does Jesus make you holy?
- How does the Holy Spirit use your holiness to bear the image of God?
- How can you practice being holy?
Walk it out: The fullness of God (love, justice, wisdom, and power) when expressed in Holiness and Truth produce the complete expression of the image of God in us. Take some time and write in your journal how the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit uniquely express love, justice, wisdom, and power in your life.