Normally when one studies the attributes of God, you find a list which includes characteristics, qualities, and personality traits that make up the whole character of God. These attributes are said to make up the whole character of God, they are who He is, and they describe how He interacts with man. The question comes after reviewing the long list of God’s attributes, “Does God have one attribute that dominates the others?” In other words, does one of God’s attributes describe God’s character better or clearer than all the others, so much so that this one attribute defines God’s existence all by itself without the others? Our modern day thinks the love of God is the dominating attribute. I disagree, and to tell you why hear R.C. Sproul:
When we use the word holy to describe God, we face another problem. We often describe God by compiling a list of qualities or characteristics that we call attributes. We say that God is a spirit, that He knows everything, that He is loving, just, merciful, gracious, and so on. The tendency is to add the idea of theholy to this long list of attributes as one attribute among many. But when the word holy is applied to God, it does not signify one single attribute. On the contrary, God is called holy in a general sense. The word is used as a synonym for His deity. That is, the word holy calls attention to all that God is. It reminds us that His love is holy love, His justice is holy justice, His mercy is holy mercy, His knowledge is holy knowledge, His spirit is holy spirit.
So there you have it. The holiness of God is not a mere attribute, but the one defining and supreme characteristic of God that defines and fills out all the other attributes. Have you noticed that out of all things the heavenly host could have proclaimed about God, they praised God with what the Church has long called the trisagion? What is that? From the beginning of the Bible to the end of it, we find the heavenly host praising God saying one thing:
“Holy, holy, holy is the Lord God Almighty.”