Sanctified: Set apart

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From the mouth of the Lord Jesus Christ come the words that comprise the Verse of the Day for November 18, 2016 in the New King James Version:

John 17:17:

Sanctify them by Your truth. Your word is truth.

The Amplified Bible offers a more detailed definition of the verb:

Sanctify them [purify, consecrate, separate them for Yourself, make them holy] by the Truth; Your Word is Truth.

Moses speaks to the Children of Israel and explains their unique relationship in light of the purpose that God has established for them:

Exodus 31:13 (AMP):

 Say to the Israelites, Truly you shall keep My Sabbaths, for it is a sign between Me and you throughout your generations, that you may know that I, the Lord, sanctify you [set you apart for Myself].

The same verb is used to describe the unique relationship between a husband and his wife in terms of God’s intent which is parallel to the relationship between Jesus Christ and the Church which is described as the Bride of Christ

Ephesians 5:25-27:

25 Husbands, love your wives [seek the highest good for her and surround her with a caring, unselfish love], just as Christ also loved the church and gave Himself up for her, 26 so that He might sanctify the church, having cleansed her by the washing of water with the word [of God], 27 so that [in turn] He might present the church to Himself in glorious splendor, without spot or wrinkle or any such thing; but that she would be holy [set apart for God] and blameless.

In a similar way, Paul uses the verb “sanctify” in as it relates to members of the Body of Christ:

1 Thessalonians 5:23 (AMP):

And may the God of peace Himself sanctify you through and through [separate you from profane things, make you pure and wholly consecrated to God]; and may your spirit and soul and body be preserved sound and complete [and found] blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ (the Messiah).

The words spoken by Jesus Christ in John 17:17 are echoed in Paul’s exhortation to the Church:

2 Thessalonians 2:13 (AMP):

But we, brethren beloved by the Lord, ought and are obligated [as those who are in debt] to give thanks always to God for you, because God chose you from the beginning as His firstfruits (first converts) for salvation through the sanctifying work of the [Holy] Spirit and [your] belief in (adherence to, trust in, and reliance on) the Truth.

Clearly, we see that God desires His people, as members of the Body of Christ, to be:

Sanctified Vessels

Therefore if anyone cleanses himself from the latter,

he will be a vessel for honor, sanctified

and useful for the Master, prepared for every good work.

II Timothy 2:21

 

We offer these yielded vessels, now sanctified,

Set apart and consecrated for God’s glory,

Transformed from faith to faith, from victory to victory.

Tested in the furnace of affliction and tried

Seven times as silver, as gold is purified,

We have been purged to be a vessels of honor,

Prepared and made suitable to serve even more,

Even as the Lord presents his beloved bride.

As miracles revealed, no longer to conform

And be poured into the molds of this present age

But beholding fullness of glory to transform

Our total being into His glorious image.

Set apart in a place where miracles abound,

Through these sanctified vessels God’s praises resound.

Worship Central express the essence of the message in “Set Apart”:

 

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