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Sanctify Them in the Truth

June 2, 2019


Sanctify Them in the Truth

Before Jesus suffered and died  on our behalf,  He had many things to say  to the disciples.    He wanted them  to be comforted and  to remember  that no matter what happened,  God was still in control  of all things.     The horrors of His crucifixion  and their total helplessness  to fight the mobs and Roman soldiers  was soon going to overwhelm all  of Jesus’ followers.    In the midst of their up-coming fears,  Jesus prayed for His followers.     In John 17:17,  He prayed,

Sanctify them  in the truth;  Thy word is truth.

To be sanctified is  to be made holy,  to be set apart,  to be consecrated  and purified.     It was the truth in everything  that was about to happen  that would sanctify the disciples.     Jesus prayed,  “Thy word is truth.”     All of the word  in the Old Testament was the word  that Jesus was referring to.     Those words had said many years previous  that Jesus would suffer and die  for our sins.

So, the sanctifying truth  of God’s word  foretold how Jesus would be beaten,  unjustly condemned,  crucified,  die amongst criminals,  be buried in a rich man’s grave,  and rise on the third day.     How does that sanctify us?

When people realize  that prophesies hundreds and thousands of years ago  all came true  in the one man,  Jesus Christ,  we see  that such a thing simply is not possible — unless — God Almighty is in control.     Mankind cannot make  all those different prophesies come true  in the one man,  Jesus Christ.     Being able  to see that God is  in control  is a realization  of the truth  of all things — Jesus really did die  for our sins.     His death and resurrection really do  give eternal salvation  to all who put their faith  in Him.     Because God kept all His promises  about the Savior,  the rest of God’s word  has got to be true,  also.

Accepting those truths  about God’s word  sanctifies us.     Accepting those truths makes us holy,  set apart,  consecrated,  and purified,  as we put our faith  in Jesus.

If and when we have fears and doubts,  we need  to go back  to the word of God  and  take another look  at the validity  of all the promises God made and kept  over the years.     The word of God is the proof  of the truth  that we need  to sanctify our lives  in the truth.     The more we study and meditate  on God’s word,  the more we will understand the greatness  of God’s love  for us  and the eternal value  of the gift  of forgiveness  in Jesus Christ.

As we let God sanctify us  in His truth,  His word,  we say,  “Hallelujah!     Lord,  it is so good  to know  that You are in control  of all things.     Sanctify us  in Your truth,  so that we may be filled  with Your joy,  peace,  and fruitfulness.”



A Christian devotional to glorify the LORD of lords and God of gods


Pray for our country.


This is the day which the LORD has made;
Let us rejoice and be glad in it.
Psalm 118:24


The word of the LORD is tried;
He is a shield  to all  who take refuge  in Him.
Psalm 18:30


Sing for joy in the LORD,  O you righteous ones;
Praise is becoming  to the upright.
Psalm 33:1


How blessed are those  who dwell in Thy house!
They are ever praising Thee.
Psalm 84:4


Just as a father has compassion  on his children,
So the LORD has compassion on those who fear Him.
Psalm 103:13


Oh give thanks to the LORD,  for He is good;
For His lovingkindness is everlasting.
Psalm 107:1


Glory in His holy name;
Let the heart of those who seek the LORD be glad.
Psalm 105:3


Not that I have already obtained it, or have already become perfect, but I press on in order that
I may lay hold of that for which also I was laid hold of by Christ Jesus.
Philippians 3:12






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