John 17:17-Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth.
Sanctify=hagiazó in the greek. To set apart for God' service.
The Word of the Lord is the final authority where "truth" is concerned.
God has set a standard in His Word in which He commands us to not go beyond, but heed and daily apply to our lives.
We are reminded of 2 truths in this text. (1) The Word of God is the truth that we ALL must be sanctified by for there is no other way to be set apart for God's service apart from His Word which is truth.
(2) The Word of God is truth. Believing or attempting to believe that sanctification is done any other way than through the Word of God is a lie. God's word is final authority, even if man chooses to willfully disobey it.
God and His Word is One. We cannot love God and not love His Word. The two go hand in hand.
"Sanctify" them with your truth is the powerful statement that is made by Jesus in this text.
Sanctification is not something we do ourselves, it is a work and a process that is done in us by means of God's Holy Spirit that dwells in us after our confession of faith in Christ Jesus. In other words, after salvation.
The "Word of God" is what sanctifies, washes, regenerate and transforms the mind. It is with the mind that we are taught and learned truth through God's Word.
With our hearts, we learn to love God's truth. With our will, we yield and submit to God's will and authority by yielding to the spirit of truth which is God's Word by daily application of it in every area of our lives.
John 14:15-If you love me, keep my commands.
The point that Jesus is driving home to ALL of us who are of the household of faith is that we must be taking God’s word and daily applying it to every area of our lives if we are to grow and be conformed to His likeness, which is God's purpose for all of us.
Romans 8:28-30 8 We know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose. 29 For those whom He foreknew, He predestined to be conformed to the image of His Son, so that He might be the firstborn among many brothers. 30 And those whom He predestined, He also called; and those whom He called, He also justified; and those whom He justified, He also glorified.
The Word of God is meant to change our minds and our hearts from sinful to holy and from carnal to spiritual.
What sense does it make to claim that we read the Word of God daily and there is no fruit that shows evidence of any change taking place within us? Reading the Word and seeing no change, makes no sense!
If we are saved, we are in Christ and He is in us. The Word of God should renew our way of thinking and living.
Romans 12:1-2 I urge you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy, and acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service of worship. 2 Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is the good and acceptable and perfect will of God.
The renewing of our mind through the washing of it with the Word of God and the application of the Word of God in every are of our lives is how the sanctification process works.
Are you growing spiritually? Is there fruit in your life that reveals that you daily spend time with the Lord? Is your character beginning to look Christ like? Is the fruit of the spirit being manifested daily in the way you live and in your relationships with others?
If you answered yes to the questions above, that is wonderful, but if you answered no, why not? If you are reading and applying, there should be fruit.
Matthew 7:16a-By their fruit you will recognize them. What's hanging from your tree? Grapes are not gathered from thorn bushes nor figs from thistles, are they?
Believe it or not, but today is the day to make God's Word final authority in all areas of your life. This applies to me too!
When all is said and done and when life on this side is over, all that will matter is the "Authority of God's Word." NOTHING ELSE WILL MATTER!
What we do with God's Word or how we apply it to our lives us up to us, but God has given us His mandate in how we should live as people of God so there is non one to blame but self.
Today, will you become a student of the Word of God? I encourage you to read the Bible daily and apply it to your life daily. Don’t put it off another day. Ask the Lord to change your life from the inside out today.
Remember, God's Word is final authority!