The world inwhich we live, ie., the cosmos, is the creation of God. From the beginning it has been in His hand, and He has never removed His hand from it. We even have an account in the epistle of Paul to the Romans, where Paul wrote, “For we know that the whole creation groaneth and travaileth in pain together until now.” Romans 8:22 (KJV). This world and all that is in it were created perfect. There was no sickness or disease. There were no terrifying earthquakes, no loud boisterous thunderstorms, or lightening flashing and terrifying life everywhere. These things did not occur until sin entered the world by way of Adam’s and Eve’s disobedience to God.
That is why our Lord Jesus has prayed with concern of our being in the world. The world of sin, iniquity, and rebellion. From verses 11-16 He has prayed for us and our position in this world. In verse 17 He prayed for our sanctification through the Word. We come now to His sending us as His people to be His ambassador in this world. We read;
“As Thou hast sent Me into the world, even so have I also sent them into the world. And for their sakes I sanctify Myself, that they also might be sanctified through the truth.” John 17:18-19 (KJV).
I am assured that this prayer is for all who will believe and follow Jesus. He has asked for our sanctification, and that is the work that continues to go on in our lives day after day after day. It is His work in us. Let’s be thankful for His daily work of grace which not only saves us for all eternity, but works it out in our lives through cleansing and removing all that is vile and sinful in His sight.
Jesus, Himself, has set Himself aside to do the Father’s will. To accomplish all that the Father sent Him to do. The will of the Lord Jesus, and the will of the Father are one and the same. Be assured today, that, it is God’s will to complete what He has started in you, and He will. You are His ambassador in this world. Let’s live as though we are.
-Tim A. Blankenship