Holy One of God

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1 Corinthians 2:10-16, Psalm 145, Luke 4:31-37

In calling Jesus “the Holy One of God”, the demon recognizes that Jesus is more than a wise teacher or powerful healer. Rather, as the Holy One of God, Jesus reveals the person of God and the will of God.

Jesus alone is worthy of our worship and reverence. Moses asked: “Who is like you, O LORD, among the gods? Who is like you, majestic in holiness, awesome in glorious deeds, doing wonders?” (Ex. 15:11). This is the holiness that the demon recognized; he knew that Jesus is the highest supreme being of heaven and earth.

The title “Holy One of God” is found in only one other place in the New Testament. When most of Jesus’ disciples decided to stop following Him, Jesus asked the Twelve, “Do you want to go away as well?” (John 6:66-67). Peter replied: “Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life, and we have believed, and have come to know, that you are the Holy One of God” (vv. 68-69). With these words, Peter accurately identified Jesus as God incarnate, for that is what this title signifies.

Let us remember that at Calvary, all of our sins were laid on the Holy Lamb of God, and He gave to us His pure, sinless, perfect obedience to the law of God. This is the great exchange of Calvary: “For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God” (2 Cor. 5:21).


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Noel Ethan Tan

Noel Ethan Tan

Noel is a Singaporean working as a rehabilitation counsellor at ACC(S) Psychiatric Rehabilitation Centre. He is currently doing a part-time Masters Program in Counselling and Guidance at NTU, Singapore. In his church ministry, Noel is currently serving in a young adults' Catholic community called Anawim that does Bible Exegesis. Noel is also pursuing a Certificate in Theology at the Catholic Theological Institute of Singapore. His favorite Bible verse is 1 Peter 3:15 — “In your hearts, reverence Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to make a defense to any who calls you to account for the hope that is in you, but do it with gentleness and reverence.”

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