Galatians 1:2, Galatians 1:5, Galatians 1:14. Separation is the idea of the word "holy". The Gospel is here meant, and is so called on account of its original, it comes from the God of truth; and because of the concern which Christ, who is the truth, has in it, he being the author, preacher, and sum and substance of it; and because the Spirit of truth has dictated it, leads into it, qualifies men to preach it, and makes it effectual: and because it contains all truth necessary to salvation, and nothing but truth, and particularly that eminent truth, salvation alone by Christ; and because it is opposed to the law, which is but a shadow, of which the good things in the Gospel are the substance: now this is the means both of the beginning, and increasing, and carrying on the work of sanctification in the hearts of God's people, as well as of an experimental knowledge of it; and an increase of that knowledge does more and more qualify the ministers of it for their ministerial work and service, which seems here chiefly designed. This means that it is essential for disciples to know, understand, believe, and obey the revelation that God has given us. All rights reserved. Even disciples must pray for sanctifying grace. John 17:17. Compiled & Edited by BST & Crosswalk Staff, Compiled & Edited by BibleStudyTools Staff, California - Do Not Sell My Personal Information. He prayed -. They had through Christ received the Father’s word, which was truth, and had passed into a new region of life, separate from the world (John 17:6-8; John 17:14-16). Ср. II. who both gives the Gospel which sanctifies, and animates it by his Spirit to a sanctifying power. John 14:6]. The means of the disciples" sanctification was the truth, which Jesus explained was God"s Word. The means of giving this grace is, "through thy truth, thy word is truth." To be consecrated is, therefore, to be separated from the world, to be dedicated as a holy thing to God. The prayer of Christ may be understood in both these senses. If he fails in this his failure is total. The sanctification of the saint’s I. It takes all three for a balanced experience of sanctification." 1:16). Here is pardon for. When the gospel comes "not in word only, but also in power," it comes "in the Holy Spirit," that Isaiah, in and with the teaching and testimony of the Holy Spirit. The idea at the root of the word rendered “sanctify,” is not holiness, but separation. Thy word, &c. = The word that is Thine is the truth. The truth is here taken, by way of eminence, for the light of heavenly wisdom, in which God manifests himself to us, that he may conform us to his image. 5:26; 2Фес. I. While our Lord holds prominently forth the ordained medium or element of sanctification-God's word of truth-He ascribes the sanctification which is thereby done entirely to God Himself, saying to His Father, "Sanctify Thou them." 2 Corinthians 6:7; 2 Corinthians 13:8. He has prayed that the Father would preserve them in this, and now He prays further that the Father would in this new region of life set them apart for the work to which He had sent them (John 17:18). Accordingly, as if to make this more clear-for the sake of those who listened to this prayer, and as many as should have it brought within their reach throughout all time-He defines what He means by "Thy truth," adding that important clause, "Thy word is truth." As divine truth is the great means of sanctification, the more clearly it is understood and the more faithfully it is obeyed, the more holy men will be, the more lovely will be their character, and the greater their usefulness and enjoyment. Revelation, or, as our Lord terms it solemnly, the truth, sanctifies us first of all by putting before us an ideal of sanctity. Wetstein’s definition is good; “Sanctificare est aliquem eligere ad certum munus obeundum, eumque praeparare atque idoneum reddere”. “Thy word is” not only “true” but “truth”. That they might be fully consecrated to the work of the ministry, and separated from all worldly concerns. It is this coming "in the Holy Spirit" which gives truth in its power such a sanctifying influence on the heart. (17) Sanctify them through thy truth.—Better, in Thy truth. The truth is the great separating force. In this sense Paul says that, the Church has been cleansed with the washing of water by the word of life, 1:22, 23. To report dead links, typos, or html errors or suggestions about making these resources more useful use the convenient, Baker Evangelical Dictionary of Biblical Theology, Hastings' Dictionary of the New Testament, The Hawker's Poor Man's Concordance And Dictionary, International Standard Bible Encyclopedia, (1) Its doctrines are perfectly adapted to man, and to the whole of man--to all his circumstances, to all his obligations. If we are among the people of God, he chose us in Christ "before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love." Great principles these in the divine economy of salvation, which cannot be too constantly and vividly present to the minds of believers, and especially of ministers. . of John 17:16 John 17:18 John 17:17. Thy word is truth.—There is a strong emphasis in the pronoun “Thy word is truth.” This word they had kept (John 17:6-8). … John 17:17 The Greek word translated "truth" is aletheia, which most closely resembles our English word "reality." the Church has been cleansed with the washing of water by the word of life. “The truth,” as the element in which they now lived, was to be the efficient instrument of their consecration, cf.John 14:16, John 16:7-13; the truth specifically which became theirs through the revelation of the Father, , “the word which is Thine,” John 17:14, but here emphatically distinguished as being the Word of the Father and no other. Hence our Lord can use it of Himself in John 10:36, and in this context (John 17:19; these are the only places where it occurs in St. John’s writings). Of an indifferent thing, neither intrinsically holy or unholy, as a vessel for the sanctuary service, there can be no purification but a physical one with an emblematical meaning.

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