Holiness Originates With The Father
Holiness is more than just perfection and great morality. According to Unger’s Bible Dictionary it also means wholeness and sanctity or separation from all that is sinful, impure or morally imperfect. The separation applies to persons, places and things.
Many times scripture reminds us that God is holy and resides in a holy place. This is confirmation that in order to be totally holy, a total separation from impurity is necessary. Complete wholeness comes both from ordered agreement from within and without. God knows this and has purposely ordained that the part of God who is The Father, will not come in contact or proximity with sin in any form. He is totally Holy and pure.
1Ki 9:3 And Jehovah said to him, I have heard your prayer and your cry which you have made before Me. I have made this house which you have built holy, to put My name there forever. And My eyes and My heart shall be there perpetually.
Psa 3:4 I cried to Jehovah with my voice, and He heard me out of His holy hill. Selah.
Psa 15:1 A Psalm of David. Jehovah, who shall dwell in Your tabernacle? Who shall dwell on Your holy hill?
Psa 15:2 He who walks uprightly, and works righteousness, and speaks the truth in his heart;
Psa 15:3 he does not backbite with his tongue, nor does evil to his neighbor, nor takes up a reproach against his neighbor;
Psa 15:4 in whose eyes the reprobate is despised, but he honors those who fear Jehovah; he has sworn to his hurt, and does not change it;
Psa 24:3 Who shall go up into the hill of Jehovah? Or who shall stand in His holy place?
Isa 41:14 Do not fear, worm of Jacob and men of Israel; I will help you, says Jehovah, and your Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel.
Isa 47:4 Our Redeemer, Jehovah of Hosts is His name, the Holy One of Israel.
Isa 54:5 For your Maker is your husband; Jehovah of Hosts is His name; and your Redeemer is the Holy One of Israel; the God of the whole earth shall He be called.
Isa 62:9 But its gatherers will eat it and praise Jehovah; and they who collected it will drink it in My holy courts.
Jer 51:51 We have turned pale because we have heard reproach; shame has covered our faces, for foreigners have come into the holy places of Jehovah’s house.
Eze 42:13 And he said to me, The north chambers and the south chambers which are in front of the separate place, they are holy chambers, where the priests shall eat, those who approach to Jehovah shall eat the most holy things. There they shall lay the most holy things, and the food offering, and the sin offering, and the guilt offering. For the place is holy.
Isa 51:6 But My salvation shall be forever, and My righteousness shall not be broken.
God tells us that even looking upon someone (or something) with sin created in the heart can defile a man (or a God). Note that God walked with Adam and Eve until sin entered their lives. But, after that, the relationship had been broken and there were no more close encounters. Adam and Eve had to leave for the garden was holy.
Mat 5:28 But I say to you that whoever looks on a woman to lust after her has already committed adultery with her in his heart.
Gen 3:8 And they heard the voice of Jehovah God walking in the garden in the cool of the day. And Adam and his wife hid themselves from the presence of Jehovah God in the middle of the trees of the garden.
Gen 3:9 And Jehovah God called to Adam and said to him, Where are you? (God no longer knew Adam and Eve after sin changed them.)
The entire Trinity is holy, but lets go one step further to see where Holiness originates. We know that Jesus and the Holy Spirit always do the will of the Father and desire that followers do the same.
Mat 7:21 Not everyone who says to Me, Lord! Lord! shall enter the kingdom of Heaven, but he who does the will of My Father in Heaven.
Mat 12:50 For whoever shall do the will of My Father in Heaven, the same is My brother and sister and mother.
Mat 26:39 And He went a little further and fell on His face, and prayed, saying, O My Father, if it is possible, let this cup pass from Me. Yet not as I will, but as You will.
Mat 26:42 He went away again the second time and prayed, saying, My Father, if this cup may not pass away from Me unless I drink it, Your will be done.
Mar 14:36 And He said, Abba, Father, all things are possible to You. Take away this cup from Me. Yet not what I will, but what You will.
Luk 22:42 saying, Father, if You are willing, remove this cup from Me. Yet not My will, but Yours be done.
Joh 5:19 Then Jesus answered and said to them, Truly, truly, I say to you, The Son can do nothing of Himself but what He sees the Father do. For whatever things He does, these also the Son does likewise.
Joh 5:30 I can do nothing of My own self. As I hear, I judge, and My judgment is just, because I do not seek My own will, but the will of the Father who has sent Me.
Joh 6:38 For I came down from Heaven, not to do My own will but the will of Him who sent Me.
Joh 6:39 And this is the will of the Father who sent Me, that of all which He has given Me I should lose nothing but should raise it up again at the last day.
Joh 8:28 Then Jesus said to them, When you have lifted up the Son of Man, then you shall know that I AM, and that I do nothing of Myself, but as My Father has taught Me, I speak these things.
Joh 8:29 And He who sent Me is with Me. The Father has not left Me alone, for I always do those things which please Him.
Joh 16:13 However, when He, the Spirit of Truth, has come, He will guide you into all truth. For He shall not speak of Himself, but whatever He hears, He shall speak. And He will announce to you things to come.
Gal 1:4 who gave Himself for our sins, that He might deliver us from this present evil world according to the will of God and our Father,
Rom 8:26 Likewise the Spirit also helps our infirmities. For we do not know what we should pray for as we ought, but the Spirit Himself makes intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered.
Rom 8:27 And He searching the hearts knows what is the mind of the Spirit, because He makes intercession for the saints according to the will of God.
1Co 2:10 But God has revealed them to us by His Spirit; for the Spirit searches all things, yea, the deep things of God.
1Co 2:11 For who among men knows the things of a man except the spirit of man within him? So also no one knows the things of God except the Spirit of God.
1Co 2:12 But we have not received the spirit of the world, but the Spirit from God, so that we might know the things that are freely given to us by God.
Jas 1:17 Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above and comes down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness nor shadow of turning. (lights= multiple physical suns and spiritual sons/daughters described in John 8:12)
Jas 1:18 Of His own will He brought us forth with the Word of truth, for us to be a certain firstfruit of His creatures.
We know that the will comes before action just as our thoughts dictate subsequent actions. Therefore, God the Father must be the source of God’s will and Holiness. In like manner, The Father is the source of power since Jesus always prayed to the Father and He said The Father would do what He asked. Example: Jesus prayed to the Father to send the Holy Spirit when He left the earth. This understanding does not diminish Christ, but gives Him more glory because He was human and tempted as we are. Yet, He overcame all that Satan put upon Him and always won the battles using the Word inspired by the Father’s will. We are expected to do the same. Christ also suffered for our sakes and became our example and teacher.
Joh 14:10 Do you not believe that I am in the Father and the Father in Me? The Words that I speak to you I do not speak of Myself, but the Father who dwells in Me, He does the works.
Joh 14:26 But the Comforter, the Holy Spirit whom the Father will send in My name, He shall teach you all things and bring all things to your remembrance, whatever I have said to you.
Joh 14:28 You have heard how I said to you, I go away and I am coming to you again. If you loved Me, you would rejoice because I said, I go to the Father, for My Father is greater than I.
John’s writings, shown above, give insights of more about The Father. In John 15:19 we know that Christ only does what He sees The Father do. John 8:28 shows how Jesus receives knowledge from The Father. In John16:13 The Holy Spirit speaks truths heard from the will of The Father, and in 14:26 The Holy Spirit teaches all things. Since all these things come from the will of The Father, we can understand that The Father is the source of wisdom and knowledge.
It is also known that Jesus and the Holy Spirit make intercession for us. So, when the Holy Spirit interprets our needs and prayers that agree with the will of The Father, The Spirit passes on the need to Jesus, who is sitting at the right hand of the Father. Jesus then speaks to The Father on our behalf and the Father provides the power to accomplish what is needed. Thus, the entire Trinity of God are in agreement at all times as to what is to be done.
1Ti 2:5 For God is one, and there is one Mediator of God and of men, the Man Christ Jesus,
Heb 7:25 Therefore He is able also to save to the uttermost those who come unto God by Him, since He ever lives to make intercession for them.
The Father’s Holiness also explains why The Father gave Jesus the power to raise himself from death. The Father, who was separated from Christ at that time needed Jesus to have total control for His victory over Satan. After Jesus won that battle and ascended to Heaven, He could then receive all glory and be raised above the angels in glory. He had been reduced in some of His glory when he came to earth as a human for His earthly ministry. He also had been reduced in glory for when He assumed the sin of mankind on the cross.
Heb 2:6 But one testified in a certain place, saying, “What is man, that You are mindful of him; or the son of man, that You visit him?
Heb 2:7 You have made him a little lower than the angels. You crowned him with glory and honor and set him over the works of Your hands.
Heb 2:8 You subjected all things under his feet.” For in subjecting all things to Him, He did not leave anything not subjected to Him. But now we do not see all things having been subjected to him.
Heb 2:9 But we see Jesus, who was made a little lower than the angels for the suffering of death, crowned with glory and honor, that He by the grace of God should taste death for all.
Joh 1:14 And the Word became flesh, and tabernacled among us. And we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and of truth.
Joh 5:26 For as the Father has life in Himself, so He has given to the Son to have life within Himself,
Joh 10:18 No one takes it from Me, but I lay it down from Myself. I have authority to lay it down, and I have authority to take it again. I have received this commandment from My Father.
Joh 17:4 I have glorified You upon the earth. I have finished the work which You have given Me to do.
Joh 17:5 And now Father, glorify Me with Yourself with the glory which I had with You before the world was.
Joh 17:22 And I have given them the glory which You have given Me, that they may be one, even as We are one,
Heb 1:4 being made so much better than the angels, as He has by inheritance obtained a more excellent name than they. (This was after the resurrection.)
Heb 1:6 And again, when He brings in the First-born into the world, He says, “And let all the angels of God worship Him.”
1Jn 2:2 And He is the propitiation concerning our sins, and not concerning ours only, but also concerning the sins of all the world. (propitation= atoning sacrifice= substitute)
Rom 3:25 whom God has set forth to be a propitiation through faith in His blood, to declare His righteousness through the passing by of the sins that had taken place before, in the forbearance of God;
Now, with the understanding that The Father must always remain in a place completely free from sin, we can understand Jesus’s anguished cry on the cross,”Father why have you forsaken me?” Before the cross, in John 8:29, Jesus believed that The Father would always be with Him. On the cross, the torture of physical pain was bad enough, but unexpected separation from the presence of the Holy Spirit and the Father was exceedingly worse. Jesus had never before been separated from The Father and the Holy Spirit. They were the most important ones in His eternal existence. When Jesus took on the sin of mankind and went to Hell to preach salvation to those dead in sin, The Father could not be with Him. The Father could not be in the presence of sin.
Mat 27:46 And about the ninth hour, Jesus cried with a loud voice, saying, Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani? That is, My God, My God, why have You forsaken me?
Mat 12:40 For as Jonah was three days and three nights in the belly of the huge fish, so the Son of Man shall be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth.
Act 2:27 because You will not leave My soul in Hades, nor will You allow Your holy One to see corruption.
Act 2:31 seeing this beforehand, he spoke of the resurrection of Christ, that His soul was not left in Hades, nor would His flesh see corruption,
Eph 4:9 (Now that He ascended, what is it but that He also descended first into the lower parts of the earth?
Eph 4:10 He who descended is the same also as He who ascended up far above all heavens, that He might fill all things.)
1Pe 3:18 For Christ also once suffered for sins, the just for the unjust, that He might bring us to God, indeed being put to death in the flesh, but made alive in the Spirit;
1Pe 3:19 in which also He went and preached to the spirits in prison,
1Pe 3:20 to disobeying ones, when once the long-suffering of God waited in the days of Noah, while the ark was being prepared (in which a few, that is, eight souls were saved through water);
1Pe 4:6 For to this end the gospel was preached also to the dead, that they might be judged according to men in the flesh, but live according to God in the Spirit.
Why, would The Father not have told Jesus that He had to leave Him when He fought the last battle over death from Satan? The Father’s love is the answer. Just as Abraham did not tell Issac, in advance, that he had to kill him to obey God. He wanted to spare him the pain of for-knowing what he must endure.
Gen 22:7 And Isaac spoke to Abraham his father and said, My father. And he said, Here am I, my son. And he said, Behold the fire and the wood. But where is the lamb for a burnt offering?
Gen 22:8 And Abraham said, My son, God will provide Himself a lamb for a burnt offering. So they both went together.
Now, it makes sense that when God was dwelling in the Ark of the Covenant, there was no choice but that Uzzah had to die when he touched the ark, even with the best of intentions. He represented sin and could not be allowed in the presence of The Father. He had not been sanctified as the priests who served God in the Holy of Holies.
Num 18:3 And they shall keep your charge and the charge of all the tabernacle. Only they shall not come near the vessels of the sanctuary and the altar, so that neither they nor you also may die.
Num 18:22 Neither must the sons of Israel come near the tabernacle of the congregation from now on, lest they bear sin and die.
2Sa 6:6 And when they came to Nachon’s threshing-floor, Uzzah reached out to the ark of God, and took hold of it; for the oxen upset it.
2Sa 6:7 And the anger of Jehovah was kindled against Uzzah. And God struck him there for the error. And he died there by the ark of God.
1Ch 13:10 And the anger of Jehovah was kindled against Uzza, and He struck him because he put his hand to the ark. And he died there before Jehovah.
With the knowledge that The Father is the source of power, will, knowledge and the Holiness of God, we can see that it is no big leap to understand why God put the family fathers in responsible charge for the family. Just as The Father directs the heavenly Trinity and heavenly host, earthly fathers are planned to direct earthly families. Thy will be done on Earth as it is in Heaven should be the prayers of all, but especially fathers. When we submit to Christ, we are also submitting to the will of The Father.