“Let us make man in our image, after our likeness…” Genesis 1:26
One of our most important shared attributes with God is holiness. The Scriptures repeatedly speak of God as being holy:
Psalm 22:3 says, “…you [God] are holy, enthroned on the praises of Israel.”
Psalm 89:18 calls God “the Holy One of Israel.”
Psalm 99:9 says, “the Lord our God is holy!”
Isa. 6:3 says, ““Holy, holy, holy is the Lord of hosts; the whole earth is full of his glory!”
The Prophet Habbakuk calls God, “my Holy One” (Hab. 1:12).
1 John 1:5 says, “God is light, and in him is no darkness at all.”
His name is holy (Ezek. 36:22). His words are holy (Jer. 23:9). His Spirit is holy (Luke 1:35). Absolutely everything about God is holy. It is unique, set apart, pure, good and true. There is no malice in Him. No evil, “no darkness,” is in Him at all. He is perfect.
More than 600 times, the word “holy” appears in the ESV translation of the Bible. Every time, it refers to God’s name, character, covenant, dwelling place, offerings, statutes, law… and His people.