What Does Holiness Mean?

Holiness means “set apart” from all that is sinful and imperfect. This description of character is not merely the absence of any evil but also includes the fullness of all good. Since God is holy, anyone who wants to dwell in his presence must also be holy (Matthew 5:48). God uses himself as the standard for this moral perfection.

Since angels are in perfect conformity with God’s will, they can dwell in his presence and be called holy (Luke 9:26). Sinful people can only be regarded as holy through Jesus’ holiness.

See also Righteousness.

Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect.

Matthew 5:48

Study Holiness in the Scriptures

Matthew 5:48

Luke 9:26

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