|John 17:15-20 |
15 I do not pray that you should take them out of the world, but that you should protect them from the evil.1 [Your sight and consciousness are in heaven, but you are still on the earth serving the Lord. From the Word of the Lord within: "You can live in heaven and still walk the earth. I will come again to the elect; I will be a crown to lead and guide them."]
16 They are not of the world, even as I am not of the world.
17 Sanctify [make them holy, purify, consecrate] them through your truth. Your word is truth.
18 As you have sent me into the world, even so have I also sent them into the world.
19 And for their sakes I sanctify myself, that they also might be sanctified [purified, made holy, consecrated] through the truth.2
20 Neither do I pray for these alone, but also for those also who will believe in me through their word [teachings];
2 To be sanctified through the truth, which is to be made holy. Jesus said, sanctify them through the truth; your word is truth (17). Jesus is speaking about the word of truth heard from within a man, the word that dwells within a man's heart. The word is near you, even in your mouth and in your heart [so you may hear and obey it];, that is, the word of faith, which we preach. Rom 10:8. So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God. Rom 10:17. How shall a young man cleanse his ways? By taking heed to and watching for your word [spoken to me].... I have retained your word [spoken commands] in my heart, that I might not sin against you. Psa 119:9,11. Take not the word of truth utterly out of my mouth for I have hoped in your judgments. Psa 119:43. and Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it; That he might sanctify and cleanse [the church of believers] it with the washing of water by the word. Eph 5:25-26. and Now you are clean, through the word that I have spoken to you. John 15:3 (So by listening to his words from within your heart, and obeying him, you are cleansed and sanctified).