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The Sanctifying Power of the Word of God

In John 17:17 we read:

Sanctify them in the truth; your word is truth.

The word “sanctify” means “to set apart.”  We are set apart from sin and unto God (Hebrews 10:14).  We are to set apart Christ as Lord over our lives (1 Peter 3:15).  We are to set apart our minds through the Word of God (Romans 12:1-2).  We are to be set apart unto God and from sin just as God is (1 Peter 1:15-16) and in fact, without this being set apart, we cannot see God (Hebrews 12:14).  Being set apart or sanctified then is of uttermost importance.

And one of the tools that God has given to us to help us is His holy Word.  The Bible helps us to be set apart by exposing ourselves before a holy God as we see who we truly are before Him who is holy (Romans 3:23).  James the Apostle describes the Word of God like this in James 1:21-25 (NIV):

21 Therefore, get rid of all moral filth and the evil that is so prevalent and humbly accept the word planted in you, which can save you.

22 Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says. 23 Anyone who listens to the word but does not do what it says is like someone who looks at his face in a mirror 24 and, after looking at himself, goes away and immediately forgets what he looks like. 25 But whoever looks intently into the perfect law that gives freedom, and continues in it—not forgetting what they have heard, but doing it—they will be blessed in what they do.

James describes the Word as a mirror and he says in verse 25 that the Word is “the perfect law” and the ESV says it’s the “law of liberty.”  Amazing that people think that the Bible is restrictive or full of laws and regulations when James says that the law of God is the law of liberty.  The Bible doesn’t restrict us.  It frees us!

The Bible reveals not just ourselves but it also reveals our hearts.  Like no other knife, the Bible cuts down deep into our souls.  Hebrews 4:12-13 reads:

12 For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart. 13 And no creature is hidden from his sight, but all are naked and exposed to the eyes of him to whom we must give account.

As we read the Word of God, the Word opens our eyes to our sins, to the power of God, to the grace of God that enables us to be holy (Titus 2:11-12), to what God desires.  Psalm 1:1-3 promises the man (or woman) of God blessings from reading and meditating upon the Word of God.

Furthermore, 1 Peter 2:1-3 says that we are to hunger for the Word of God like a newborn baby hungers for milk:

So put away all malice and all deceit and hypocrisy and envy and all slander. 2 Like newborn infants, long for the pure spiritual milk, that by it you may grow up into salvation— 3 if indeed you have tasted that the Lord is good.

As we long for God’s Word, God’s Word helps us to be disciples who live lives that honor and please the Lord.  The Word helps us to become more like Jesus as we study and imitate Him (1 Peter 2:21-24).

Oh that we would hunger for the Word of God!  There is nothing we should delight in more than His Word.

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Written by The Seeking Disciple

05/05/2013 at 3:07 PM

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