Sanctified in Truth

Moving into a deeper spiritual maturity means moving into a greater awareness that our lives are not our own. We are being raised up for others.

John 17
14  “I have given them Your word; and the world has hated them, because they are not of the world, even as I am not of the world.

15  “I do not ask You to take them out of the world, but to keep them from the evil one.

16  “They are not of the world, even as I am not of the world.

17 ¶  “Sanctify them in the truth; Your word is truth.

18  “As You sent Me into the world, I also have sent them into the world.

19  “For their sakes I sanctify Myself, that they themselves also may be sanctified in truth.

20 ¶  “I do not ask on behalf of these alone, but for those also who believe in Me through their word;

21  that they may all be one; even as You, Father, are in Me and I in You, that they also may be in Us, so that the world may believe that You sent Me.

22  “The glory which You have given Me I have given to them, that they may be one, just as We are one;

23  I in them and You in Me, that they may be perfected in unity, so that the world may know that You sent Me, and loved them, even as You have loved Me.

 Verse 19-20 are the ones we want to focus on. Jesus said that He sanctified Himself that those to whom He was ministering might also be sanctified. Let’s look at the word sanctify. Here are the definitions, along with scripture references, per Strong’s.

ἁγιάζω hagiazo hag-ee-ad’-zo
To make holy, consecrate, sanctify
1) to dedicate, separate, set apart for God
1a) Of things {#Mt 23:17,9 2Ti 2:21 }
1b) Of persons: Christ {#Joh 10:36 17:19 }
2) To purify, make conformable in character to such dedication
2a) Forensically, to free from guilt {#1Co 6:11 Eph 5:26 Heb 2:11 10:10,14,29 13:12 }
2b) Internally, by actual sanctification of life {#Joh 17:17,19 Ac 20:32 26:18 Ro 15:16 1Co 1:2 7:14 1Th 5:23 Re 22:11

In verse 17 Jesus said, “Sanctify them in truth; Your word is truth.” Jesus was sanctified, or, set into, immersed, in the word. He was the word. As we are set into the word (truth), we become the cleansing factor for others. Jesus told the disciples in John 15:3, “You are already clean because of the word which I have spoken to you.” The living word of Christ cleanses us as we embrace it. We are to become the channels by which others are cleansed as well.

This is the ministry of the kingdom priesthood. Teaching on the kingdom priesthood fills Christianity. The problem with the teaching, however, is that it is all theoretical. This message brings it home for us in a practical application. God is giving us understanding of what He is creating us to be on a practical level.

We cannot minister what we have not yet become. But as God purifies our hearts through the word we embrace, that purity of spirit can then be ministered to others. The “unclean” can be cleansed through us by the speaking of a pure word. This all necessitates having God first consecrate us. No priest ministered before God in the Old Testament without first being consecrated. It is the same in the realm of spirit. Our submission to the Lord when we would rather run or withdraw is our consecration. If we withdraw in some way, it ultimately effects those to whom we would minister to. Thus, we become increasingly aware that we are not just “serving the Lord,” but others.

2nd Chronicles 30 is a chapter that should be read in its entirety. It tells the story of how King Hezekiah sent word throughout Israel that everyone should come to Jerusalem to celebrate the feast of Passover. There is much revelation in this chapter pertaining to the hour we are living in. Ultimately, only a remnant came to Jerusalem to celebrate the feast. The Lord stirred the hearts of those who made the pilgrimage to Jerusalem. They came amid much mocking and scorn from those whose hearts were not set on God.

The following verses pertain to the priesthood.

15  Then they slaughtered the Passover lambs on the fourteenth of the second month. And the priests and Levites were ashamed of themselves, and consecrated themselves and brought burnt offerings to the house of the LORD.

16  They stood at their stations after their custom, according to the law of Moses the man of God; the priests sprinkled the blood which they received from the hand of the Levites.
17  For there were many in the assembly who had not consecrated themselves; therefore, the Levites were over the slaughter of the Passover lambs for everyone who was unclean, in order to consecrate them to the LORD.
18  For a multitude of the people, even many from Ephraim and Manasseh, Issachar and Zebulun, had not purified themselves, yet they ate the Passover otherwise than prescribed. For Hezekiah prayed for them, saying, “May the good LORD pardon
19  everyone who prepares his heart to seek God, the LORD God of his fathers, though not according to the purification rules of the sanctuary.”
20  So the LORD heard Hezekiah and healed the people.

These passages show us how the priesthood covered the people, consecrating them to God. God is consecrating us into His faithfulness. Faithfulness is the unbroken chain that brings us into oneness with God. Verses 22-23 from our passages in John 17 confirm this.

22  “The glory which You have given Me I have given to them, that they may be one, just as We are one;
23  I in them and You in Me, that they may be perfected in unity, so that the world may know that You sent Me, and loved them, even as You have loved Me.

The faithfulness of Christ, created in us through His word, will purify others into the oneness of God that is being established.

 

 

 

 

 

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