Through the Word

I have given them thy word; and the world hath hated them, because they are not of the world, even as I am not of the world.  I pray not that thou shouldest take them out of the world, but that thou shouldest keep them from the evil.  They are not of the world, even as I am not of the world.  Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth.  As thou hast sent me into the world, even so have I also sent them into the world.

John 17:14-18

In this passage, Jesus is praying to God the Father.  He is speaking here of His disciples – those who had heard Him and believed on Him.  He asks God to help them and “keep them from the evil.”  Then He makes the statement “Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth.”

To sanctify something means to set it apart for a purpose.  Jesus wanted God to sanctify His disciples through His truth.  And His truth is identified here as His Word: “thy word is truth.”  They would be set apart through the Word of God.

It is the same with us.  We are set apart through the Word of God.  We hear the teaching and preaching of the Word of God and, if taken to heart, helps us walk closer to the Lord and farther from the world.  We read and study the Word of God ourselves and it has the same effect.  It changes us.  It purifies us.  It helps to set us apart for the Master’s use.

In order for God’s Word to sanctify us and bring us closer to Him, we need to do two things.  First, we need to find out what it says.  We can’t obey it if we have no idea what it says.  We need to read it, and hear it preached and taught.  Second, we need to obey it.  Knowledge of the truth doesn’t help us if we won’t obey it.

It is impossible to overstate the importance of the Bible in our Christian lives.  What is our attitude toward the Word of God in our lives today?

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