SANCTIFIED by TRUTH
BY: RAY PRINZING
“Sanctify them through Thy truth, Thy word is truth. – For their sakes I sanctify Myself, that they also might be sanctified through the truth.” (John 17:17, 19)
Sanctify – literally, to separate, set apart. Drawing us out of the world, He would impart to us of His Word, revealing Himself to us – His character, His nature, all the essence of Himself, that we might become one in Him. There is an inworking of grace that we might be cleansed of self, and filled with Himself, to be of those who are sanctified because of the truth.
For our sakes, He was, also SET APART and therefore “Both He that sanctifieth and they who are sanctified ARE ALL OF ONE: for which cause He is not ashamed to call them brethren.” (Hebrews. 2:11) No wonder He is not ashamed to call them His brethren, they are drawn out of the systems of this world, they have received and believed His Word, and are fully set apart thereby.
“Thy words were found, and I did eat them; and Thy Word was unto me the joy and rejoicing of mine heart: - I sat not in the assembly of the mockers, nor rejoiced; I sat alone because of Thy hand…” (Jer. 15:16-17)
Yes, if we receive enough of the Word, and let it work in us, we will be sanctified, set apart. People will shun you as in heresy, as a rebel, as too far out, and you will sit alone. Truth has nothing in common with the vain traditions of the carnal mind. But while it separates us from the world, we are also joined unto Christ, to partake of His rich, satisfying LIFE. Therefore, “I have esteemed the words of His mouth more than my necessary food.” (Job 23:12) This is more than just hearing sermons preached and lessons taught, it is the receiving of that WORD OF THE LORD personally, quickened to us by the Spirit. Then, “I did eat them…” I partook of them and they entered into my being, became a part of me, experientially real through the practical outworking of daily life.
O quicken Thou Thy Word to me
Until from sin and self I am free.