I've been pondering this lately and have decided to add a word:
Holiness is direction not merely destination.
What I'm thinking here is process and person (not process and product). The process of holiness is a heart tended towards God: whether that tending is positive (as in praise or request) or negative (as in blame or demand). This is why David--murder, adulterer, and bad father--can be considered a holy man. His heart tended towards God.
Holiness is also destination, but that destination is not some product resulting from proper procedures and input. Holiness is a person... or persons, as the case may be. Holiness is the One toward whom our hearts are tended: the Triune God. Holiness is, in the end, our eternal face-to-face with Father, Son, and Spirit.
Tag(s): theology holiness
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