“Sanctify them through thy word: Thy word is truth.”
Most of us know that the word ‘Sanctify’ means to be set apart from others, but we might not be as familiar with the fact that Jesus is asking God to make ‘His Word’ as the point of that separation. Another scripture that confirms this sanctifying process is Ephesians 5:26, and says, Christ washes us with His Word. We should love spending time in the Word of God, just as we would love to spend time with the LORD in person. In fact, they are one and the same (John 1:14). Jesus is that Word that we are to meditate day and night in.
Jesus had a reason for requesting God to use “The Word” as His point of setting us apart from others. He said in Jeremiah 29:13, “And you will seek Me and find Me, when you search for Me with all your heart.” God wants our decision to be a
wholehearted one—He wants us sure of that choice. We were first saved by hearing His Word; then we are instructed to meditate in that Word; and to continue in the Word, holding fast to it. ( I Corinthians 15:1 & 2) The Word is our Savior, and by it we are sanctified.
Jesus said in John 8:31,32 that if we abide in His Word, we are truly His disciples. “...And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.”
Our text verse for today says, “Thy Word is truth.” God’s Word is the agent that washes, cleanses, and transforms us into the image of Christ, to a mature man of God. We cannot have Jesus without having His Word in us. We can not be sanctified without the Word of God.
Father, may Your Word come alive in each ear that hears it. May they receive understanding of Your Word, which is also the means by which You separate us unto Yourself. Amen.
Devotional by Linda LeMans, Director of Women's Ministries.
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