A Holy Man, A Man of God

A Holy Man, A Man of God

After a meeting in Korea, a woman said to me, “You are a holy man, a man of God.” I felt embarrassed, humbled, speechless. Me? A holy man? A man of God?

But should we not all be holy men and women, men and women of God? What does it mean to be holy, a man or woman of God?
When the tabernacle was completed there were consecration ceremonies to consecrate it with all of its furniture and vessels to the service of God. There was also a solemn service to consecrate the priests to their holy work. “And you shall take the anointing oil and anoint the tabernacle and all that is in it; and you shall hallow it and all its utensils, and it shall be holy”(Ex. 40:9 NKJ).

The priests were consecrated previously. “And this what you shall do to them to hallow them for ministering to me as priests” (Ex. 29:1). Aaron and his sons became holy men, set apart to serve God as priests, holy men. Who are the priests today, hallowed for ministry to God? Peter emphasizes that today all believers are priests: “…a holy priesthood to offer up spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ” (1 Pet. 2:5). Today all believers are priests, hallowed to God to serve Him. The priest was a priest twenty four hours a day and was to live a holy life, a pure life for God. Hence Peter exhorts all Christians, “…but as He who called you is holy, you also be holy in all your conduct, because it is written, ‘Be holy for I am holy’”(1 Pet. 1:15-16). Remember the dignity of your calling as a priest and live a holy life.

What is a man of God? He was a man who had spent much time with God. To be a man or woman of God one must invest time alone with God and His Word. He must become His friend, like Abraham (James 2:23). As he spends time in the presence of God he will be overwhelmed with majesty and holiness off God he will be moved to repentance and holiness. “I saw the Lord sitting on a throne, high and lifted up…”(Is. 6:1). The holiness and purity of the Almighty causes him to cry out, “Woe is me, for I am undone! Because I am a man of unclean lips, and I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips”(Is. 6:5). The man of God will never forget the awesome holiness of God and his own innate sinfulness. This will cause him to walk humbly before God.

The man of God will be aware of the fact that he is owned by God. He is God’s property, God’s slave. This will keep him from the fear of man. Paul could write to the Galatians, “For do I now persuade men or God? Or do I seek to please men? For if I still pleased men, I should not be the bondservant (doulos, slave) of Christ”(Gal. 1:10). This will enable one to be fearless in proclaiming God’s Word whether to an individual or to a crowd. Elijah could confront the wicked King Ahab with God’s ultimatum. John the Baptist pointed the finger of condemnation at King Herod for his adultery. They were men of God, fearless and uncompromising Such men and women are needed today.

So are you a holy man, a holy woman? Are we men and women of God? Do we recognize His claims upon our lives as slaves of God. Are we motivated to please Him primarily. Do we pursue holiness and abhor evil? This is the good life, the triumphant life.

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Donald Norbie

Donald Norbie was born in 1923 in Minnesota. He was saved in 1938. He continued his college education after World War II and serving in the U. S. Navy. After completing his graduate work, Donald and his wife, Marie, were commended to the Lord’s work by their assembly in Wheaton, Illinois in 1949. He taught at Emmaus Bible School for three years. After this, he and his family moved to Oklahoma to evangelize and teach the Bible. In 1970, they moved to Colorado and have lived there ever since. Mr. Norbie continues to be active in evangelism, teaching, and writing.