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Question and Answer

Since the angels in heaven are called holy (Rev. 14:10), why does the Bible say in reference to God that “You alone are holy” (Rev. 15:4)?
The angels who never rebelled against God are holy, but Revelation 15:4 highlights God’s unique holiness. God possesses holiness in the absolute and un-derived sense. Absolute un-derived holiness is unique to God and cannot be given to angels or to redeemed people. The holiness of angels and redeemed people is a derived holiness that comes from being in relationship to God as He intended us to be.

BY Dr. Winfred O. Neely

Dr. Winfred Neely is currently working towards his third degree in at the University of Bristol, England. An ordained minister and full-time professor of pastoral studies at Moody Bible Institute, Winfred has served churches across the City of Chicago, the near west subburbs, and Senegal, West Africa. He and his wife Stephne have been married for forty years and have four adult children and nine grandchildren. 

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