Thursday, October 7, 2021

John 17 Devotions by Stephen Taylor

John 17:17

“Sanctify them by the truth; your word is truth.”

 

I looked up the biblical definition of “sanctify,” and this is what it said:

 

1: to set apart to a sacred purpose or to religious use: consecrate.

2: to free from sin: purify

 

So, one of the things Jesus is telling us here is that God’s Word is truth and that this truth can set us free from sin and help us to be set apart for His glory and to be His! This is why reading and applying the Word of God is so important! There is freedom, power, hope, encouragement, direction, and strength in those pages. But if we’re only reading them and not applying them, then that’s like owning a gun with no bullets. It looks nice, but it’s not very useful. We must not only read the entire Word of God but apply it to our lives through the leading, help, and power of the Holy Spirit.

 

Jesus said that the Spirit of Truth will lead us into all truth, but if we’re not willing to follow, how can He lead us? We don’t have to perform to be saved, but we do have to believe and obey. Belief and obedience go hand in hand. You must obey the command to repent and believe in Him to be saved, so to me, you can’t really do one without the other. If I don’t believe you, I’m not going to obey you, and if I don’t obey you, can I really say I believe you?

 

One more thing: Jesus says He is the truth, so we could read this as being sanctified through Christ and the Word of God. Both the Word and the Word!

 

John 14:6 - Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.”

 

John 16:13 – “But when He, the Spirit of truth, comes, He will guide you into all the truth. He will not speak on his own; He will speak only what He hears, and He will tell you what is yet to come.”

 

John 14:23-23 Jesus replied, “Anyone who loves me will obey my teaching. My Father will love them, and we will come to them and make our home with them.”

 

God bless! I love you all, but the Lord’s eternal love for His people is so very much more! Glory, honor, and praise now and forever to Papa God, Jesus Christ our Redeemer, and the Holy Spirit who leads us into all truth if we are willing to follow!

 

 

 

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