What is holiness?
The word holy in Hebrew is kadosh and it has the primary idea of cutting off, separation or set apart. In the New Testament the Greek word hagios has come to include purity, especially relating to ethical holiness. Just as a man is a triune being, holiness can be manifest in the physical/ceremonial, ethical/emotional and spiritual holiness.
Physical and Ceremonial Holiness
In the previous article 'Are Christians required to keep Kosher?' holiness and food seem to be linked in Leviticus 11. “Be holy for I am holy” as quoted (Lev 11: ;19:1; 20:7; 1Pet 1:16) is a call by God for man to reflect the Divine nature. The Hebrew language is very down to earth and concrete, taking what is physical and giving it deeper meaning and significance. The most basic physical human need is food. Here God separates what animals are clean from those which bring defilement and the loss of holiness. As we are obedient in this most basic drive we learn to be obedient in controlling other basic drives like the sexual drive to keep holy!
Psa 119:29 Keep me from being deceitful, and be kind enough to teach me your Torah.
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