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Sanctify them by the truth
Bible Passage John 17:15-19
This content is part of a series Bright Morning Reflections, in topic 2023 & book John.

Sanctify them by the truth

  • Rev. Bright Mawuena Nfodzo
Date preached March 21, 2023

15 I’m not asking you to take them out of the world but to protect them from the evil one.

16 They don’t belong to the world, just as I don’t belong to the world.

17 “Sanctify them by the truth. Your word is truth.

18 Just as you sent me into the world, so I have sent them into the world.

19 It is for their sakes that I sanctify myself, so that they, too, may be sanctified by the truth.

Again today, we return to Jesus’ prayer in John 17. When Jesus leaves the world, His disciples will carry on His work. He prays therefore that they will be neither discouraged by the world’s hatred nor corrupted by its sin. Just as Jesus gave Himself to God to carry out His work, so He desires His disciples to give themselves to God for the task of spreading His message throughout the world.

Jesus did not ask His Father to remove His disciples from the world. Instead, He asked God to protect them from the devil. Jesus’ disciples had to remain in the world, so that they could tell people about Jesus. They would spread the good news that Jesus saves people. Some people would believe in Jesus. They would accept Him as their Lord and Saviour. But other people would reject him. People needed to hear about Jesus, or they could not make a decision about Him. Of course, the devil would attack Jesus’ disciples spiritually. But God would keep them safe.

Then the Son asks the Father to sanctify the disciples. Through sanctification we are brought into conformity with the Holy Father. Sanctification is being set apart for God. They have been brought into contact with the truth of the word of the Father that has come to them in the Son. They have acknowledged and accepted that word. As a result, they have entered into another world, the world of the Father and the Son.

The Son has given the word of the Father that introduces us into His love, into His thoughts, into His counsels, into His glory. By being in it, we are truly set apart (sanctified). That is what the truth produces.

Sanctify also referred to something or somebody who was separate from other things or people; thus to make them holy. This was so that God could use the thing or the person for His special purposes. Jesus asked God to make His disciples become holy because they belonged to Him.

We cannot become holy by our own efforts. We can only become holy because of what God has done on our behalf: by Jesus’ death on the cross. Holiness (a holy state) is God’s gift to us when we believe in Him.

🔷 Troubles will always be a part of the curriculum of every believer

🔷 Those who believe in God will be protected by God from the evil one

💥 Pray that you will be able to overcome the world always
💥 Ask God to strengthen you to be able to work for Him

The true word of God will make God’s people different; not in their physical appearance or due to their lack of trouble, but in their ability to overcome such troubles when they come.

In series Bright Morning Reflections