Welcome to Pentecostal Doctrine: An Interactive Look at Holiness
January 17, 2017, 9:38 AM

 I Peter 1:15, 16 – “But as he which hath called you is holy, so be ye holy in all manner of conversation; Because it is 

written, Be ye holy; for I am holy.”
This is quoting Leviticus 20:7
To say holiness is the major theme of the Bible is not an overstatement.  We may talk more about that later.
Holiness is mentioned 654 times in the Bible in 587 verses. 
Other words that have a connotation of holiness, such as sanctify, sanctification, separate etc. are also found numerous 


The  Hebrew word for holy is “Qudosh”.  In Greek it is “Hagio”.  The meaning at it’s root is the same; it means to separate.  

Examples:  “For such an high priest became us, who is holy, harmless, undefiled, separate from sinners, and made higher than 

the heavens;” Hebrews 7:26
I Peter 2:9 “But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth 

the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light:”
God came to save us wholly, both inwardly and outwardly.
I Thessalonians 5:23 “And the very God of peace sanctify you wholly; and I pray God your whole spirit and soul and body be 

preserved blameless unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ”
I Corinthians 6:20 “For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God's.”
Holiness means to separate from, and separate to.
We are to separate from the world and to God.
II Corinthians 6:17 “Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; 

and I will receive you,”  
II Corinthians 7:1 “Having therefore these promises, dearly beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the 

flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God”
I John 2:16 “For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of 

the Father, but is of the world”
Ephesians 5:27 “That he might present it to himself a glorious church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but 

that it should be holy and without blemish”
James 1:27 “Pure religion and undefiled before God and the Father is this, To visit the fatherless and widows in their 

affliction, and to keep himself unspotted from the world.”
Jude 23 “And others save with fear, pulling them out of the fire; hating even the garment spotted by the flesh”

We only obtain a beautiful spirit from God

Isaiah 64:6 “But we are all as an unclean thing, and all our righteousnesses are as filthy rags; and we all do fade as a 

leaf; and our iniquities, like the wind, have taken us away.”
Romans 3:10 “As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one:”
Romans 3:23 “For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;”
The opposite of holiness is sin.  Sin is just missing the mark.  In Greek it is hamartia.
God is holy.  Before anything else existed, Holiness existed as part of the essential nature of God.
Leviticus 19:2 “Speak unto all the congregation of the children of Israel, and say unto them, Ye shall be holy: for I the 

LORD your God am holy.”
Leviticus 11:45 “For I am the LORD that bringeth you up out of the land of Egypt, to be your God: ye shall therefore be holy, 

for I am holy.”
Isaiah 6:3 “And one cried unto another, and said, Holy, holy, holy, is the LORD of hosts: the whole earth is full of his 


Since only God is holy, and we are sinners, and all our righteousnesses are filthy rags, the only way we can be holy is to 

obtain God’s holiness.

Psalm 39:5 “…verily every man at his best state is altogether vanity. Selah.”
Romans 6:22 “But now being made free from sin, and become servants to God, ye have your fruit unto holiness, and the end 

everlasting life.”

The Fruit of the Spirit is holiness in believers.  When we bare the fruit of the Spirit, we are showing God’s holiness from 

the inside out. 

Galatians 5:22, 23 “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, Meekness, 

temperance: against such there is no law.”
Anyone who claims to be holy, and is not bearing the fruit of the Spirt, is lying.
Jeremiah 17:9 “The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?”
Matthew 23:26 “Thou blind Pharisee, cleanse first that which is within the cup and platter, that the outside of them may be 

clean also.”

Holiness does not work from the outside in.  It works from the inside out.

Matthew 23:26 is a powerful verse.  Notice closely the reason for inward holiness.
When we diminish holiness in any dimension in our lives, we are diminishing the sacrifice of Calvary, and God’s power in us.
God desires to have fellowship with us.  We must be after His kind, as found in Genesis 1.  If He is holy, for us to have 

fellowship with Him, we must be holy also.  And that holiness only comes from God.
A Pharisee is one who only has the holiness of the Bible on the outside, but is devoid of the inward reality.
Satan would be considered the ultimate Pharisee.
2 Corinthians 11:14 “And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light.”
Looks good Scripturally outside, but of course inwardly is evil.
Matthew 23:27, 28 “Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye are like unto whited sepulchres, which indeed 

appear beautiful outward, but are within full of dead men's bones, and of all uncleanness.  Even so ye also outwardly appear 

righteous unto men, but within ye are full of hypocrisy and iniquity.”

Does God care about my outside, my body and clothing?


I Corinthians 6:20 “For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God's.”
But doesn’t the Scripture say God only looks on the heart?
No.  As we’ve seen, to diminish God’s work in our lives is to diminish the price He has paid.  Yes, the inside must come 

first, and is paramount.  But God also came to sanctify us body, soul, and spirit.

Some people mistakenly quote a verse that refers to height in a specific setting to do away with some of the purchase price 

of Calvary.

I Samuel 16:7 “But the LORD said unto Samuel, Look not on his countenance, or on the height of his stature; because I have 

refused him: for the LORD seeth not as man seeth; for man looketh on the outward appearance, but the LORD looketh on the 


Where did clothing originate?

Genesis 2:25 “And they were both naked, the man and his wife, and were not ashamed.”
Genesis 3:7 “And the eyes of them both were opened, and they knew that they were naked; and they sewed fig leaves together, 

and made themselves aprons”
Genesis 3:21 “Unto Adam also and to his wife did the LORD God make coats of skins, and clothed them”

God has always been displeased with public nakedness after the Fall.  Why? Because man in his fallen nature is attracted to 

it, and it destroys the sanctity of marriage, which is a type of God’s covenant with man.

Genesis 9:22, 23 “And Ham, the father of Canaan, saw the nakedness of his father, and told his two brethren without.   And 

Shem and Japheth took a garment, and laid it upon both their shoulders, and went backward, and covered the nakedness of their 

father; and their faces were backward, and they saw not their father's nakedness”

God is concerned about clothing

Numbers 15:38 “Speak unto the children of Israel, and bid them that they make them fringes in the borders of their garments 

throughout their generations, and that they put upon the fringe of the borders a ribband of blue:”
Deuteronomy 22:5 “The woman shall not wear that which pertaineth unto a man, neither shall a man put on a woman's garment: 

for all that do so are abomination unto the LORD thy God”
Proverbs 7:10 “And, behold, there met him a woman with the attire of an harlot, and subtil of heart”
I Timothy 2:9 “In like manner also, that women adorn themselves in modest apparel, with shamefacedness and sobriety; not with 

broided hair, or gold, or pearls, or costly array;”
I Peter 1:14 “As obedient children, not fashioning yourselves according to the former lusts in your ignorance:”



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