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11th July 2023

Holy, Holy, Holy

God is the Holy One (that is one of His many names) who dwells in the high & holy place (Isaiah 57:15).
Holy, Holy, Holy is a phrase we are well familiar with as Christians.
Rather surprisingly we only find it mentioned twice in Scripture (Isaiah 6:3, Revelation 4:8).
Both times it is uttered by angels (heavenly being) in the context of adoring & unceasing worship.
It is also another use of three’s by the Apostle John – perhaps his favourite literary device!!
This is the phrase we will explore further in this week’s TFD series.

Above it stood seraphim; each one had six wings:
with two he covered his face, with two he covered his feet, and with two he flew. And one cried to another and said:
“Holy, holy, holy is the Lord of hosts;
The whole earth is full of His glory!” Isaiah 6:2-3

Here the great Old Testament prophet Isaiah is given a glimpse into the splendour & magnificence of the throne room of heaven.
Isaiah is captivated as he sees the seraphim (burning ones) flying around crying out in worship holy, holy, holy.
The seraphs faces are covered in reverent awe as they burn with adoring worship for the Lord.
Isaiah was caught up with his own sinfulness as the angels were captivated by the glory & holiness of God.
Worshipping the Lord changes our perspective & what we are able to spiritually see. SELAH

R.C. Sproul explained the emphasis on God’s holiness by saying:
Only once in sacred Scripture is an attribute of God elevated to the third degree.
Only once is a characteristic of God mentioned three times in succession.
The Bible says that God is holy, holy, holy. Not that He is merely holy, or even holy, holy. He is holy, holy, holy.
The Bible never says that God is love, love, love; or mercy, mercy, mercy; or wrath, wrath, wrath; or justice, justice, justice.
It does say that he is holy, holy, holy, that the whole earth is full of His glory.

[R.C. Sproul, The Holiness of God (Carol Stream, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, 2000), 26.]

Throughout Church history this sacred chant of the seraphim has been heard in Christian worship.
It has been used in many liturgies (ancient & modern) & remains to this day in many of our songs & hymns.
Let us be those who gladly join the worship of the angels in praising, exalting & magnifying the holiness & glory of God.
Earth joining heaven to cry out holy, holy, holy unto the Holy One who is high & lifted up. Hallelujah!!!

For Reflection

  • In what ways am I giving unrestrained adoring worship unto the Holy One?
  • Do I relate more with Isaiah & our human sinfulness, or the seraph & the glory & holiness of God?
  • Meditate upon the Triune God who is Holy, Holy, Holy.

A song related to this theme:


Heavenly Father,
Thank you that You are the Holy One,
The One who was is forever worthy of unceasing worship.
Jesus thank you that You are the Holy One of God,
And that You came to this earth to destroy all the works of the evil one.
Holy Spirit thank you that You are the ‘Holy’ Spirit,
And that you call me to holiness as I walk & fellowship with You.
In Jesus mighty Name.

Written by Gareth Jones

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