Holiness



[hoh-lee-nis] /ˈhoʊ li nɪs/

noun
1.
the quality or state of being ; sanctity.
2.
(initial capital letter) a title of the pope, formerly used also of other high ecclesiastics (usually preceded by His or Your).
/ˈhəʊlɪnɪs/
noun
1.
the state or quality of being holy
/ˈhəʊlɪnɪs/
noun
1.
preceded by his or your. a title once given to all bishops, but now reserved for the pope
n.

Old English halignis “holiness, sanctity, religion; holy thing;” see holy + -ness. Cf. Old High German heilagnissa. As title of the Pope, it translates Latin sanctitas (until c.600 also applied to bishops).

in the highest sense belongs to God (Isa. 6:3; Rev. 15:4), and to Christians as consecrated to God’s service, and in so far as they are conformed in all things to the will of God (Rom. 6:19, 22; Eph. 1:4; Titus 1:8; 1 Pet. 1:15). Personal holiness is a work of gradual development. It is carried on under many hindrances, hence the frequent admonitions to watchfulness, prayer, and perseverance (1 Cor. 1:30; 2 Cor. 7:1; Eph. 4:23, 24). (See SANCTIFICATION.)

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