is a complex concept. It
refers to the essence of God's being, not so much a single attribute
but perhaps the sum of all attributes.
suggests the power of God's presence (as when God appeared to Moses
on Sinai), the “glory” (Greek: doxa) or aura of God's
presence, the mystery of God when God is encountered, and the deep
and hard-to-grasp nature of God as one who is both merciful and
impatient with humanity, as one who has a special place in his heart
for Israel and yet is God of all creation, as one who walks among
the people and yet also awaits them on the mountain.
holiness of God is both the majesty of God incarnate and the wonder
of God beyond sight. Thus, one can walk into a “holy place,”
like a quiet church, and feel caught up in something much larger
than those walls and windows.