Sanctify By Truth
Category : General
St. John 17: 17 (KJV)
17Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth.
Spiritual reality results from the proper relationship to God through His Word. God’s Word is truth, and if we are rightly related to God’s truth, we cannot be dishonest or hypocritical.
This word (sanctify) means to render pure, or to cleanse from sins, 1 Thessalonians 5:23; 1 Corinthians 6:11. Sanctification in the heart of a Christian is progressive. It consists in his becoming more like God and less attached to the world; in his getting the ascendancy over evil thoughts, and passions, and impure desires; and in his becoming more and more weaned from earthly objects, and attached to those things which are unseen and eternal. The word also means “to consecrate, to set apart to a holy office or purpose.” When Jesus prayed here that God would sanctify them, He probably included both these ideas, that they might be made personally more holy, and might be truly consecrated to God as the ministers of His religion. Ministers of the gospel will be really devoted to the service of God just in proportion as they are personally pure.
We also observe that ‘Truth’ is a representation of things as they are. The Savior prayed that through those just views of God and of themselves they might be made holy. To see things as they are is to see God to be infinitely lovely and pure. It is understand His commands to be reasonable and just; heaven to be holy and desirable. Moreover, come to the reality that His service to be easy, and religion pleasant, and sin odious; to see that life is short, that death is near; that the pride, pomp, pleasures, wealth, and honors of this world are of little value, and that it is of infinite importance to be prepared to enter on the eternal state of being with our God.
The original meaning of the word is to set apart to God; and this is its ordinary meaning in the Old Testament. We mean by it to make holy, its frequent meaning in the New. So, then, sanctification may describe either the purpose or the process of the Christian life. It is easy to see how the first meaning passes naturally and necessarily into the other. Perfect consecration would be absolute holiness. It was to impress on His disciples the connection between consecration and sanctification that Christ spoke of sanctifying Himself.
This sanctification includes the kingdom of God and his righteousness; that is, when God renews us by His Spirit, and confirms in us the grace of renewal, and continues it to the end. He asks, first, therefore, that the Father would sanctify the disciples, or, in other words, that He would consecrate them entirely to Himself, and defend them as His sacred inheritance. He then points out the means of sanctification, and not without reason; for there are fanatics who indulge in much useless prattle about sanctification, but who neglect the truth of God, by which He consecrates us to Himself. Again, as there are others who chatter quite as foolishly about the truth and yet disregard the word, Christ expressly says that the truth, by which God sanctifies His sons, is not to be found any where else than in the Word. God’s Word is Truth. Let us live in it, by it.
Have a great and God filled day!