- What is separated from ordinary or profane use is ‘holy’. Hence, above all, God is holy (Isa. 6:3) and his holiness extends to human beings who have transactions with him (e.g. priests in the Temple) and equipment which they use, and the festivals they celebrate (Lev. 23). The Holiness Code (Lev. 17–26) is a compendium of ritual and moral precepts based on the holiness of God (Lev. 19:2) and probably used by priests and Levites for instruction.In the NT the holiness which belonged to the Jerusalem Temple is regarded as a quality of Christian people (1 Cor. 3:16–17), but pre-eminently Jesus is holy (Luke 1:35), as he is called in the early preaching (Acts 3:14), and as he addresses his Father (John 17:11). Because the Church too is holy (Eph. 2:19–22), indwelt by the Holy Spirit, any behaviour which violates this relationship is reprehensible (Rom. 5:5; 2 Cor. 6:16–7:1).
Dictionary of the Bible.
Look at other dictionaries:
Holiness — • Holiness or sanctity is the outcome of sanctification, that Divine act by which God freely justifies us, and by which He has claimed us for His own; by our resulting sanctity, in act as well as in habit, we claim Him as our Beginning and as the … Catholic encyclopedia
Holiness — is a synonym for sanctity, the state of being holy or sacred.Holiness means to be set apartHoliness may also refer to: * Holiness movement, a specific tradition within evangelical Christianity * His Holiness, an official style of address in… … Wikipedia
holiness — holiness, sanctity are often used without distinction to mean either the state or the character of one who is spiritually perfect or of something which is sacred or hallowed. Holiness more often implies spiritual perfection, whether intrinsic and … New Dictionary of Synonyms
Holiness — Ho li*ness, n. [AS. h[=a]lignes.] 1. The state or quality of being holy; perfect moral integrity or purity; freedom from sin; sanctity; innocence. [1913 Webster] Who is like thee, glorious in holiness! Ex. xv. 11. [1913 Webster] 2. The state of… … The Collaborative International Dictionary of English
holiness — O.E. halignis holiness, sanctity, religion; holy thing; see HOLY (Cf. holy) + NESS (Cf. ness). Cf. O.H.G. heilagnissa. As title of the Pope, it translates L. sanctitas (until c.600 also applied to bishops) … Etymology dictionary
holiness — ► NOUN 1) the state of being holy. 2) (His/Your Holiness) the title of the Pope, Orthodox patriarchs, and the Dalai Lama … English terms dictionary
holiness — [n] religiousness asceticism, beatitude, blessedness, consecration, devotion, devoutness, divineness, divinity, faith, godliness, grace, humility, inviolability, piety, purity, religiosity, reverence, righteousness, sacredness, saintliness,… … New thesaurus
holiness — [hō′lē nis] n. [ME holinesse < OE halignesse] 1. the quality or state of being holy 2. [H ] a title of the pope (with His or Your) … English World dictionary
holiness — [[t]ho͟ʊlinəs[/t]] 1) N UNCOUNT: usu with supp Holiness is the state or quality of being holy. The holiness of God reveals one s own sin... We were immediately struck by this city s holiness. 2) N VOC: poss N; PRON: poss PRON (politeness) You say … English dictionary
holiness — noun 1 (U) the quality of being pure and good in a religious way: God s holiness 2 Your/His Holiness used as a title for addressing or talking about the Pope … Longman dictionary of contemporary English