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12th July 2023

Holy, Holy, Holy

Isaiah refers to the Lord as the ‘Holy One of Israel’ around 30 times – God is the Holy One.
The Holy One who calls us to holiness through the Savior’s sacrifice & the Holy Spirit’s sanctification.
Holy, Holy, Holy, despite being a much loved & well-known Christian phrase, is only mentioned twice in the Bible.
This is the phrase from Isaiah 6:3 & Revelation 4:8 that we are looking into & exploring.

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

Isaiah is given a vision of heaven‘s throne room which provides a glimpse into heavenly worship.
Isaiah gets to momentarily see what the heavenly host do ceaselessly through their adoring worship of the Lord.
Heaven loves to worship the Lord & that exuberant but reverent worship continues endlessly.
In that holy moment Isaiah was caught up with his own sinfulness – in repentance he confesses.
The glory & majesty of the Lord making him aware of his own flaws & shortcomings.
Wonderfully the Lord provided cleansing through a burning coal from the altar (Isaiah 6:6).
Following confession of our sin our cleansing comes through the sacrifice of Christ & the sanctifying work of the Holy Spirit.
Following his cleansing Isaiah is commissioned to go & make the Lord known to the people (Isaiah 6:8-9).
Following our cleansing we too are commissioned to go & make Jesus known to all people & all the nations (Matthew 28:18-20).
Confession of sin leads to cleansing which in turn leads to commissioning – all through the Lord Jesus Christ. SELAH

But what might the adoring reverent cry holy, holy, holy mean?
It is understood to represent several things about the Godhead.
It clearly relates to the Triune God – Father, Son & Holy Spirit.
The three in one & one in three – the Trinity – reflecting their power, pre-eminence & perfection.
It is also understood as a manifestation of the holiness & glory of the Lord.
That glory & majesty being revealed in heaven, in this current world, & in the age to come (the New Heaven & earth).

The ‘Holy One of Israel’ manifests His glory in each & every one of these 3 present & future realms.
That glory was most magnificently manifested through the Lord Jesus Christ (John 13:31-32, 17:4; Hebrews 1:3).
At this current time one of the ways the Lord manifests His glory is through those who are ‘In Christ’ (2 Corinthians 3:18).
What an awesome privilege & what an amazing responsibility.
The Holy One is revealing His glory & holiness through you & through me.
Through our worship & through our witness. Hallelujah!!! SELAH

For Reflection

  • In what ways am I worshipping & witnessing for the Lord?
  • Do I truly recognise that how I live (daily) really matters?
  • Meditate upon the ways through which the Lord manifests His glory & holiness.

A song related to this theme:


Heavenly Father,
Thank you that You are the Holy One of Israel,
The One who is forever full of power, perfection & preeminent in all things.
Jesus thank you that You cleanse & commission me,
Through Your eternal redeeming sacrifice & the power of Your resurrection.
Holy Spirit thank you that You are ever at work to sanctify me,
Teach & train me in the ways of holiness & help me to radiate the glory of the Lord more & more.
In Jesus mighty Name.

Written by Gareth Jones

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