Names of God

Day 5: Holy One

In this Names of God reading plan, we are learning more about God by studying the names given to Him in Scripture. Rather than having our writers share their own reflections on these passages, we’ve instead provided research-rich content to aid in your study of each day’s featured name of God, including the background of the name(s), a brief explanation of the character of God emphasized by the name(s), and a reflection question to help you dig deeper into the text.

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Holy One
Qadosh (Hebrew)

Scripture Reading: Psalm 78:40-43, Psalm 89:15-18, Isaiah 41:12-20, Revelation 4:1-8

Description
The Hebrew word qadosh is translated “set apart as holy.” It can be used in a general sense to describe places, objects, and people who have been set apart for religious purposes. But as a name, Qadosh, or “Holy One,” describes God as one who is set apart from His creation, from all pagan gods, and from everything else because of His perfection. This name works like a double-edged sword: it reminds us that God is perfectly holy in every way, and it reminds us that we are not. The distinction of being the Holy One belongs to Him alone. This name exalts God above all others in His holiness.

Emphasis
The righteousness and holiness of God

Reflection
What does this name teach me about God?