Sanctify means to set apart for God. Jesus began to prepare for what he came to accomplish here on earth. He was getting prepared to die for the sins of the world. He prays to God and asks for his disciples to be sanctified by the truth and then defines truth as his word. The word of God is what brings in light and truth into our life. The word of God is also used for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness. Jesus is the embodiment of the word and it sanctifies us by showing God’s will for our life. It also provides revelation of who he is and his righteous requirement. The word ministers life and washes and cleanses our minds. The word of God renews our minds and purifies our hearts so that we can see God.
God desires that all men come to the full knowledge of the truth. This comes in through receiving Jesus as our Lord and Savior. When we encounter Jesus and begin to read his word it begins the sanctifying process of setting us apart to fulfill his will. He begins to speak to us through his word which gives us instruction on how to lead a godly life. His word becomes a lamp unto our feet and a light unto our path. We are made the righteousness in Christ through the sanctifying work of the Holy Spirit and his word.
He builds us up in faith through hearing the word of God. He begins to teach us how to trust in him because he is faithful to his word. We are made whole in Christ. We become the light of the world who so need truth. We become that vessel of glory who are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory. When we allow the sanctifying work into our lives we will begin to experience more of God. There is no greater glory than knowing God. Eternal life is defined in John 17:3 is to know God and his son Jesus. Without sanctification how can we come to know him. My prayer is that you will be sanctified in the Lord. May his word be a lamp unto your feet and an light unto your path. May he open up the eyes of your understanding as you read the word. May it wash and cleanse you and renew your mind. In Jesus Name, Amen!