Christian Pilgrim


88. Sanctification by the Truth

Sanctification is a being more and more set apart from the world. It is NOT me "every day in every way getting better and better." This is proved by Christ saying that He sanctifies Himself (John 17:19), i.e. He sets Himself apart from the world unto the task He has been given to do. He cannot grow better, as He is already perfect.

We are sanctified as we grow in knowledge of the truth, which consequently sets us more and more apart from the world:

John 17:17 - "Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth."

Acts 20:32 - "And now, brethren, I commend you to God, and to the word of his grace, which is able to build you up, and to give you an inheritance among all them which are sanctified."

Colossians 3:10,16 - "And have put on the new man, which is renewed in knowledge after the image of him that created him.Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly"

2 Peter 1:3 - "According as his divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue"

Truth can only act on the mind. Those without true religion are said to have "no understanding":

Psalm 32:9 - "Be ye not as the horse, or as the mule, which have no understanding: whose mouth must be held in with bit and bridle, lest they come near unto thee."

Isaiah 27:11 - "When the boughs thereof are withered, they shall be broken off: the women come, and set them on fire: for it is a people of no understanding: therefore he that made them will not have mercy on them, and he that formed them will shew them no favour."

Isaiah 29:16 - "Surely your turning of things upside down shall be esteemed as the potter's clay: for shall the work say of him that made it, He made me not? or shall the thing framed say of him that framed it, He had no understanding?"

Knowledge of the truth is vital to our sanctification:

Jeremiah 23:28,29 - "The prophet that hath a dream, let him tell a dream; and he that hath my word, let him speak my word faithfully. What is the chaff to the wheat? saith the LORD. Is not my word like as a fire? saith the LORD; and like a hammer that breaketh the rock in pieces?"

Hosea 4:6 - "My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge: because thou hast rejected knowledge, I will also reject thee, that thou shalt be no priest to me: seeing thou hast forgotten the law of thy God, I will also forget thy children."

Hosea 6:6 - "For I desired mercy, and not sacrifice; and the knowledge of God more than burnt offerings."

Acts 13:12 - "Then the deputy, when he saw what was done, believed, being astonished at the doctrine of the Lord."