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Holiness: Seeing God

written by Asher Intrater
November 02, 2012

Holiness is the pure and perfect character of God. He is so holy, that He is actually “Holy, Holy, Holy (Isaiah 6:2).” Isaiah saw Him in that holiness. “My eyes have seen the King (Isaiah 6:5).” While we cannot attain that level of holiness, He does demand us to become holy like Him. “Be holy for I am holy (Leviticus 19:2)”.

To be holy we must put a distance between ourselves and the influences in society which encourage immorality (I Thessalonians 4:3, Numbers 15:39-40, Job 31:1). Because of the increased technology in the arts and entertainment, advertising and media, there is a flood of lustful imagery today unknown to any previous generation.

The human heart has the ability to see spiritual things (John 3:3). We have spiritual “eyes” (Ephesians 1:18, Acts 26:18). When pictures of lust fill our imagination, we cannot see the things of the kingdom of God. Purity of heart enables us to see God (Matthew 5:8). Without holiness we cannot see God – “Holiness, without which no one will see the Lord (Hebrews 12:14).” If without holiness we cannot see God, then with holiness we can.

Holiness is a means to see God. The purpose and motivation to be holy is to see Him. Holiness is simply looking in the right direction. What Isaiah saw in chapter 6 is promised to us all in chapter 33. “Your eyes will see the King in His beauty (Isaiah 33:17).” Holiness is the ability to see God’s beauty; it is the desire of our hearts to focus our attention on Him. Let’s not let lust rob us of such a beautiful vision.

Asher serves as president of Tikkun Global family of ministries and congregations, dedicated to the dual restoration of Israel and the Church. He is founder of the Revive Israel five-fold ministry team, and oversees both Ahavat Yeshua and Tiferet Yeshua congregations in Israel.

He and his wife Betty share a passion for personal prayer and devotion, local evangelism and discipleship in Hebrew, and unity of the Body of believers worldwide.

Asher was raised in a conservative Jewish home and holds degrees from Harvard University, Baltimore Hebrew College and Messiah Biblical Institute. He has authored numerous books, tracts and articles.

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