“Sanctify them by thy truth – thy Word is truth.” “For both He that sanctifieth – and they who are sanctified – are all of one. For which cause, He is not ashamed to call them brethren.” “Then said I, Lo, I come (in the volume of the Book – it is written of me) to do thy will, O God.” “By the which will – we are sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ – once for all.” “For by one offering – He hath perfected forever – them that are sanctified.” [Jn.17:17; He.2:11; 10:7,10,14]

In God’s Word, to sanctify means to be set apart by holy God – for God’s holy purpose. And, in each of these descriptive passages – it is the person of our Savior/God, the Lord Jesus Christ – or, His saved ones – which is being referred to where sanctification is concerned. Specifically, God’s eternally saved ones are defined in Jn.17:2 as those out of all of fallen human flesh that the Father has given unto the Son. Unto these the Son of God has the sovereign divine authority and power to give eternal life. Even – to as many as” – the Father has given unto Him! All of these persons will – by God’s will and grace — at some point in the time of their earthly existence, they will come to personally repent and believe in the Lord Jesus Christ as being their eternal sovereign Savior propitiatory substitute. Praise His Name! [see Jn.6:37]

The Jn.17 text also declares unto us that our sanctification is all because of the person and work of Christ Jesus, our Lord. He is both the “Truth” [Jn.14:6] and He is the living “Word” [Jn.1:1-3,14]. If it’s not all Christ, dear ones, it’s all wrong! In fact, this is substantiated by the first text brought forward from the epistle of Hebrews: For both He that sanctifiethand they who are sanctifiedare all of one.” We are one with Him, because we have been placed in Him. This verse echoes that which is written in 1Jn.4:17, which says: “…as He isso are wein this world!”

This sanctification of God’s saved ones is obviously a vital part of the eternal council and purpose of our great and sovereign God in sending His eternal Son into our world to set us apart from the rest of this fallen-in-sin world. Hence, the Son declared from eternity – in eternity – and for eternity: Behold, I come (in the volume of the Book it is written of me) to do thy will, O God.” Jesus said in Jn.6:38-39: For I came down from heaven, not to do mine own will, but the will of Him that sent me. And this is the Father’s will which hath sent methat of all which He hath given meI should lose nothingbut should raise it up again at the last day.” Praise the grace of God!

Finally, the matter of the “will” is addressed. He.10:10 explicitly says of God’s will in our being sanctified: By the which willwe are sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christonce for all.” This text makes it clear that it is not at all the will of man that initiates, or completes, his sanctification unto his eternal salvation – no – it’s all been done by the will of God – to the glory of God – alone! 1Co.1:30-31 declares the pure gospel truth: But of Him (or, by His doing) are ye in Christ Jesuswho is made unto us wisdom and righteousness and sanctification and redemptionthat according as it is writtenhe that gloriethlet him glory in the Lord.” The pure truth of the gospel is in the fact that it is the gospel of the glory — only – of the Lord Jesus Christ – the only sovereign Savior/   substitute that there ever was, is, or ever will be! Hence, He.10:17 boldly proclaims: For by one offering He hath perfected foreverthem that are sanctified!” The Holy Spirit through Paul, without reservation, declares from Acts 20:32: And, now, brethren, I commend you to Godand to the Word of His gracewhich is able to build you up and to give you an inheritanceamong all them which are sanctified.” All glory to Christ Jesus!

For Christ’s Glory Only!

John Carpenter

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