Do you have a special place where you like to go just for the beauty and the quiet? Most people do I believe. I know that I have some. There are times I go and take a walk beside the creek. I enjoy it as it flows along, especially over the shallow and swifter parts, it makes a noise that only the Creator could use to still a troubled mind. That is a special time. A special place. It is almost a sanctuary. A protected place, set apart for only the ones who will appreciate it.
In Jesus’s prayer and as He prayed, He asked that His disciples be “sanctified”, ie., set apart, called out for special service, even protected for the glory of the Father. Here is the verse for the study –
“Sanctify them through Thy truth: Thy word is truth.” John 17:17 (KJV).
In the process of being made more like Jesus. That is really what ’sanctification’ is all about. It is also a protected place, a special place, and Jesus is asking the Father to see to it that we become like Him. It is implied here that the way of our sanctification is through the Word which we have written to us in the Bible. The Bible is God’s Word. It is His truth. We cannot be made more like Jesus except through the Word of truth.
It is a daily washing of the feet and hands as they have been in the world. The picture is given in the Old Testament Tabernacle. There was a large brass bowl with water in it, where the priests needed to stop upon entry of the Eastern Gate, and there wash their feet and hands, so they were sanctified upon entering the holy place. Jesus’s prayer is that we might be clean, and be made more like Him.
To become more like Him we must stay in His Word daily, pray in His name, and be obedient to His will.
Be sanctified through the truth. Jesus has prayed for it.
-Tim A. Blankenship