Page #843 in Your Hymnal

And one called to another and said: “Holy, holy, holy is the LORD of hosts; the whole earth is full of his glory!” Isaiah 6:3

“To say that God is holy is to say that He is set apart, distinct from us. And because of his set apart-ness, there is no way we can fathom all of who He is. To the Jews, saying something three times demonstrated its perfection, so to call God ‘Holy, Holy, Holy’ is to say that He is perfectly set apart, with nothing and no one to compare Him to. That is what it means to be ‘holy.’” ~Francis Chan, Crazy Love (p.31).

Think about that.

God is “different, different, different.”

He is “set apart, set apart, set apart.”

He is “unique, unique, unique.”

There is no thing and no one like God. Period. He is in a category all by Himself. And yet Jesus humbled Himself and took on the form of a slave (see Philippians 2:1-11). And He calls us to be holy too-

“but as he who called you is holy, you also be holy in your conduct, since it is written, ‘You shall be holy, for I am holy.’” 1st Peter 1:15-16

“But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light.” 1st Peter 2:9

Just as God is holy, different, unique, and set apart from creation, we too are to be holy, different, unique, and set apart from unbelievers. Grace has changed us and we’re to reflect that by the way we live.

So whatever you do today, be-

“different, different, different”
“set apart, set apart, set apart”
“unique, unique, unique”

for God’s glory.



About Benji Magness

Known in many circles as 'Rabbi', Ben-jamin is an artist and pastor who can often be seen with a scruffy beard, drinking Starbucks, listening to reggae, wearing black, changing a diaper or reading backwards. His name in Hebrew means "son of the right hand"- which ironically is the hand he would use to paint, draw or even type for this blog if he ever found the time to do so.


One thought on “Page #843 in Your Hymnal

  1. Amen.

    Sometimes there’s some of the intermediate part left unsaid. God’s holiness, on His side. Our holiness in our conduct. Intermediately, there’s what’s mentioned in 1Cor 1:30. Christ as sanctification “to us.”

    The intermediate parts are visible if you look carefully at the Greek of Romans 6:22. “But now, having been freed from sin and enslaved to God, you have your fruit … UNTO sanctification … and the outcome, eternal life.

    Past, present, future. Past: having been freed from sin and enslaved to God — acts of God. Present: we have our fruit (of that in the past). This is unto (Gk., eis) sanctification. Future: eternal life. Which we also have now.

    All these more reasons and resources for being holy in our conduct.

    Posted by larnewman | August 31, 2011, 11:50 am

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