Be Still . . .
Devotionals for Daily Living ©
Sanctify them by the truth; your word is truth.
(John 17:17 (NIV))
I’m not exactly sure which translation I like better.
Sanctify them in the truth; your word is truth.
(John 17:17 (ESV))
It is amazing how one small word can be translated differently and imply so much more than either word by itself. In my mind, these two translations go hand in hand, especially when you consider the definition of the word sanctify. In essence, it means to be set apart for a sacred purpose. We are set apart by the truth of God’s Word because we believe, and we are set apart in the truth of God’s Word because we choose to live it! God’s Word is the vessel that sets us apart from the world and it is the place of shelter that refreshes us in the world. We are at once both covered by His Word and sheltered in His Word! It is important that we remember this during the coming times.
Too many who profess a faith in Jesus seem to forget that the powers of this sinful, fallen world do not like the truth, nor do they like the fact that we are sanctified by and in the truth. Perhaps the reason that the Body of Christ has not been taken out by the enemy can be found in the following two passages taken from a prayer by Jesus just before He asked the Father to sanctify those who believe.
I pray for them. I am not praying for the world, but for those you have given me, for they are yours.
(John 17:9 (NIV))
I have given them your word and the world has hated them, for they are not of the world any more than I am of the world. My prayer is not that you take them out of the world but that you protect them from the evil one. They are not of the world, even as I am not of it.
(John 17:14-16 (NIV))
Jesus prayed to the Father to set us apart from the world and to protect us from the world. Jesus prayed for the evil of this world to be restrained! Jesus prayed for the Father to set apart those who believe in the truth of God’s Word, those who believe in the truth of the Word made flesh!
Are you sanctified by the truth of God’s Word?