Sanctified, set apart for God

John 1717 [widescreen]

The Verse of the Day for November 18, 2017 comes from the prayer Jesus Christ offers to His Father in the garden before he goes to fulfill His destiny as the Savior of the World:

John 17:17 (AMP)

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

John 17:17 is part of the final prayer that the Lord Jesus prays before his crucifixion and ultimate resurrection, as he notes,  “I am praying not only for these disciples but also for all who will ever believe in me through their message”(John 17:20). The Lord refers to a group of people who are to be “sanctified, purified, consecrated, set apart for the purposes of God.”

In the Old Testament we find that the Children of Israel were such sanctified ones:

Exodus 31:13

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].

In the New Testament born-again believers were likewise set apart by God:

1 Thessalonians 5:23

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).

In a similar manner to Jesus Christ’s prayer in the Garden, Paul expresses this desire for the believers at Thessalonica:

2 Thessalonians 2:13

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.

In the tabernacle and temple every vessel and article of furniture was dedicated, even the priests themselves and their garments were consecrated wholly for the service of God. Likewise, in the Temple of the Living, believers are to be sanctified and set apart solely for the purpose of serving God. In reflecting upon our being sanctified and set apart, this poem came to mind:

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.

We conclude these comments with “Vessels of Honor” by the Maranatha Promise Band:

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2 Responses to “Sanctified, set apart for God”

  1. Maury Turner Says:

    Thank you so much Dr Johnson!

    Love Maury

    Sent from my iPhone


  2. Dr. J Says:

    You are more than welcome, Maury. Thanks for taking the time to leave a comment.

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