The word “holy” without direct connections with other terms in the Old Testamentis very rare. Rather, you could meet with such a determination in relation to end times. In the
New Testament, this term means the Christians. Initially it was used only with relation to members of the community in Jerusalem, and esp. to a small group who experienced Pentecost. In time it was used against the brothers of Judea, then to all the faithful; Christians participate in the holiness of God through the Holy Spirit.
The holiness of Christians, having a source of God’s choosing, demands from them a complete break with sin and pagan rites. This demand the sanctity of life, is the basis of all Christian ascetic tradition. Not based on the ideal of law, which is something external, but the dedication to the rule of Jesus Christ – Second Divine Person, God IHWH. Read the rest of this entry »