I Am Sanctified By His Truth

Daily God Walk for Thursday, October 13, 2011

 They are not of the world, even as I am not of it. Sanctify them by the truth; your word is truth. As you sent me into the world, I have sent them into the world. For them I sanctify myself, that they too may be truly sanctified.               – John 17:16-19


In John 14-16 Jesus was giving his farewell address to the disciples just before he was taken and crucified. In chapter 17 he is praying to the Father that his disciples would remain faithful and carry out their call to preach the kingdom of God.

Our verses today convey a very great truth which is central to the Christian message. It is the message of sanctification. The Greek word translated sanctify is also translated “holy,” and sometimes “pure.” The word is hagiazo and means to purify, or consecrate. To hallow, be holy, or sanctify.

We understand sanctification to be the work of the Holy Spirit in us as we grow in understanding of the word of truth and as our faith and confidence in the ministry of the Holy Spirit in us matures.

In his prayer Jesus is saying that believers are sanctified by the truth, which is the word of God. An interesting aspect of that is Jesus himself because he is the Word of God (John 1:1). We are being sanctified as we read and hear the word of God, and that process is enhanced by the indwelling Christ, the Word of God.

Many see sanctification as an instantaneous event which is sometimes called a second work of grace. Others see it simply as the process of being called deeper and deeper into the life of Christ. I think there is truth in both of those camps.

There are times of intense experience with Holy Spirit which produces a radical change within us and that feels like a second work of grace. And there is also that growing sense of drawing closer to God, and getting further from the world as we spend time with the written word and time with the indwelling word and we mature in our walk with God.

However you view it we are being sanctified by his Word.

 Prayer: Give me grace to continue growing in sanctification.

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