Jesus Prayed For Our Sanctification

John 17:14 – I have given them thy word; and the world hath hated them, because they are not of the world, even as I am not of the world.

John 17:15 – I pray not that thou shouldest take them out of the world, but that thou shouldest keep them from the evil.

John 17:16 – They are not of the world, even as I am not of the world.

John 17:17 – Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth.

John 17:18 – As thou hast sent me into the world, even so have I also sent them into the world.

Hello readers, new blog today. I was reading the Lord’s prayer the other day, it’s found in John 17. This is Jesus praying to his Father. We could learn a bit from his relationship to his Father. There’s many truths in this chapter which we would do well to grab hold of. What a wonderful verse John 17:17 is, Jesus prayed for our sanctification and it’s time to really think about it today, but before that I will briefly go over some of the previous verses. I know the Lord’s prayer is usually referring to the prayer that God taught his disciples when they wanted to know how to pray… but this is really the Lord’s prayer… he himself prayed to his Father as he faced the cross. What a prayer it is. What’d he pray for, he prayed for us… and what did he pray for us? Read it yourself and find out! Find out about Jesus Christ yourself from his word!

In this chapter, in Jesus’ prayer, there is a big contrast and distinction between “his own” and the “world”. Which category are you in today? Are you of the world, or are you Jesus Christ’s? There’s only two categories of people, there’s only two kingdoms, you’re in one or the other, simple as that. You may baa like you’re his sheep, but do you really butt like a goat? Jesus is the shepherd, and the shepherd knows his sheep, he knows which are his and which aren’t.

Jesus said, I have given them thy word. Jesus didn’t bring his own word, he wasn’t just speaking offhand, he wasn’t making it up, he never lied… he brought God’s word. Jesus said he always did those things which pleased his Father.  Jesus also said that as my Father hath taught me, I speak these things. Could we say the same? Jesus showed a higher respect for God’s word than we do. He gave God’s word to people, and it should be the same for us, give people the word of God.

It’s because of God’s word that the world hated the men that God had given him… men that had believed on the word that he had spoken, that had believed on who he was, that had believed on him for salvation from their sins. This world hates God’s word, and it hates those who believe and live and speak God’s word. Simple as that. This world will never accept you, get used to it.

God’s word changes those that believe it. Believing God’s world will take you from being of the world to being not of the world. All while you’re physically here on earth. Where’s the change? It’s inside, it’s a kingdom change in the spiritual realm. When you believe the gospel, something happens inside that changes you forever. It happens just like that. God births a new creature in you, a person born of the Spirit of God in you. That person is not of this world, just as Jesus was not of this world. When you’re no longer of this world, you’ll get to finding out you are no longer one of them. A Christian knows exactly what that feels like.

It’s interesting though, because Jesus then prayed for us not to be taken out of the world. We are in the world for a reason. We are in the world to shine as lights. We are here so that God can glorify his Son through our lives. People getting saved brings glory to and honors his Son’s death and resurrection. In this world, others can be saved by our witness of him. We are here for a purpose. But later on, Jesus prayed that we would be with him where he was going and we live with that anticipation and hope, but for now we are in this dark, evil world. We have a purpose, and that purpose is found in the word of God, a life saved by it, changed by it, and living it.

Jesus did pray that God would keep us from the evil while we were here. That doesn’t mean we won’t have trouble here, but he prayed that God would keep us from the evil. We need deliverance from the snares, from the entrapments, from the temptations, from getting caught up in this world, from this world overcoming us… when we should be overcomers. We know that the Father heard and answered Jesus Christ’s prayer, and we have deliverance from the evil if we want it. Evil shouldn’t overcome us, we should overcome evil. Furthermore this is a wonderful thing, because even when we experience evil at the hands of this world, we know that God is keeping us. How do Christians make it through some of the horrible stuff they go through here? God is with them.

A true believer is not of this world. That’s why you are a pilgrim, a stranger, you’re on a journey… and this world isn’t the country of your citizenship and doesn’t have the city you’re looking for. Because Jesus wasn’t of the world… and we are in Christ when we believe on him and are born again, he is the Head and we are the body (it’s called the church)… we likewise are not of the world.

Today I want to focus in on what’s next. Jesus prayed this… Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth. What is sanctification? Webster’s 1828 dictionary defines it as “The act of making holy” and ” The act of consecrating or of setting apart for a sacred purpose”. It’s good to think about that word and what it really means, as it can just go right over our head. Sanctification involves a separation… from this world unto God.

You see, in this world, while we were of this world, we lived in sin, in wickedness, in darkness, we thought worldly, we understood worldly, we spoke worldly. But when the kindness of God appeared to us, when the light was switched on from heaven in our heart, when things changed so miraculously one day when the Holy Spirit birthed a new creature in us… a work of God inside us began. A work of the Holy Spirit began where he began to completely transform us from inside out until one day we grow up into the very image of Christ. Christians were so called because they were “Christ like”… are you Christlike?

Not too many people are Christlike. They have no sanctification. Sanctification is a work of the Holy Spirit in our lives where he makes us more and more like Christ in our heart, in our thinking, in our mind, in how we live, in our goals and dreams, in every facet of our existence. We become more and more like Christ. So when you read about Christ, how he didn’t sin, how he always obeyed his Father, how he spoke the truth, how he loved others… all of that… is that what your life is like?

Holiness isn’t being a self righteous Pharisee, holiness is a work of the  Holy Spirit whereby he removes all the corruption and filth and compromise from your life. Holiness refers to being whole, proper, entire perfect. When we get saved, there’s many areas of our life that need the Holy Spirit to change. The end of his work of sanctification is a perfect and entire man. The Bible speaks of growing up into him in all things. God’s going to complete this work in us… and this world is the arena in which it happens. Jesus was praying for us and for that work. He was praying for our salvation, our life, our growth, our protection, our future. He knew there was a separation between his own and the world, and he prayed for that separation and told us how to get it… through his word. The truth sanctifies us, his word. The Holy Spirit always honors the word of God.

So this sanctification thing happens to all true believers. Jesus was praying for those, if you are one of those who God is sanctifying through his word and the work of the Holy Spirit of God in your life. Sanctify them through thy truth. You know without truth, you’ll never be sanctified. Truth is what we need, truth is what changes us. Truth sets us free. Truth is light. God’s word is necessary for us to be sanctified. It’s God’s word that changes our lives. It’s God’s word that delineates between us and the world. It’s believing God’s word that births us into his kingdom to begin with.

God sanctifies us through his word. So without God’s word, you will not be sanctified. It kinda makes God’s word very important don’t you think? Many people claiming to be saved and claiming to be Christian have a very corrupted and nonexistent sanctification… ie. they aren’t Christlike in the way they talk, dress, live, their attitude, everything. Why would that be? How can they be so worldly when it’s clear that sanctification is a separation between Christ’s and the world?  This key prayer between Jesus and his Father… it’s all about the distinction and separation between his men and the world.

Today we see Christians who are very worldly. It’s a Christianity with no sanctification. It’s because many are not truly saved, that’s the root problem. It’s because they have no desire for the truth of God’s word. They’re not interested in being exposed, convicted, rebuked by God’s word. They don’t want light shone on their dark lives. Many Christians also have a corrupt sanctification because of a corrupt word. You see, if you pervert the word of God, you’ll also get a perverted sanctification… seeing as sanctification is done through his word. Change the word, change the truth, kill the sanctification. Don’t think the Holy Spirit is going to honor perversion and corruption of God’s word, of truth. We need the truth.

People expect to be able to have the Holy Spirit and yet reject truth, yet change the truth to suit their unsanctified lives. They aren’t interested in God working holiness in their lives, they like their sin and pride and lust and so on. Maybe you should think about whether your life shows any sanctification at all. You may be religious, but this world loves religion, there was plenty of religion that opposed Jesus Christ. If you claim to be a Christian… are you actually Christlike? Who are you kidding? You’re a Christian in name only. There’s no difference between you and the world. The only difference is between you and true Christians ain’t that the truth.

Salvation will produce a Christ like creature, because every new believer is part of the body of Christ. That may be hard to understand, but we are in him, and he in us. Sanctification is a missing ingredient of Christianity, you know why… because it’s impossible to fake. But it’s so necessary… Jesus prayed for it for us! It’s a work of God. It’s a work that built upon the foundation of the truth of God’s word. It’s a work that’s based upon the foundation of the truth of God’s word. There are a lot of people claiming and talking about the Holy Spirit and blah blah, but they’re long departed from God’s word… they’ve forsaken the truth… and they’re kidding themselves.  Sanctification is unfakeable… religious rubbish can’t substitute for it, it just produces a poor imitation. Today each of us needs to face that same truth, the truth of God’s word. Stop looking at others, stop blaming and excusing and justifying and forgetting… and get honest with God in the light of his expressly written word. I hope you get something out of this blog, this was Jesus’ prayer to his Father, read it for yourself and may God shine in your heart today.


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Hi, my name is Joseph Zadow. I am a 30 y/o Bible Blogger. I was new to blogging once! God’s word is the best thing that we can be given, and once we have it and know it for ourselves it is both a privilege and responsibility to bring it to others! We are blessed to be a blessing! I am a sinner (for sure!) saved by God’s grace through faith in Jesus Christ and I am a Lord Jesus Christ follower. He is faithful even though I rarely am to him. I believe the Bible is the word of God, and stake my life on it. My destination is heaven. As they say, I’m just a passin’ through this world… although most of the time it’s more like hangin’ by a thread in Jericho! I love playing sports – particularly cricket… I currently work on an orchard and a side hobby business of mine is growing vegetables etc – they are good for you! I love writing. Always happy to talk, so feel free to leave a comment. You can read more about me and my blog here – :)

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