February 8, 2023     12:23 pm
103. Week of Second Sunday in Lent - Thursday
Sanctify them through Your Truth; Your Word is Truth
          Sanctify them through Your Truth; Your Word is Truth   John 17:17
          And now the Lord prayed for His disciples, the Apostles. He prayed thus: "I have manifested Your name to the men whom You gave me out of the world. Yours they were, and You gave them to Me; and they have kept Your Word. Now they have known that all things whatsoever You have given Me are of You. For I have given to them the words which You gave Me; and they have received them, and have known surely that I came out from You, and they have believed that You sent Me. I pray for them. I do not pray for the world, but for them whom You have given Me; for they are Yours. And all Mine are Yours, and Yours are Mine; and I am glorified in them. And now I am no more in the world, but these are in the world, and I come to You. Holy Father, keep through Your own name those whom You have given Me, that they may be one as We are. While I was with them in the world, I kept them in Your name: those that You gave Me I have kept, and none of them is lost but the son of perdition, that the Scripture might be fulfilled. And now I come to You; and these things I speak in the world, that they might have My joy fulfilled in themselves. I have given them Your Word; and the world has hated them, because they are not of the world, even as I am not of the world. I pray not that You should take them out of the world, but that You should keep them from the evil one. They are not of the world, even as I am not of the world. Sanctify them through Your Truth; Your Word is Truth. As You have sent Me into the world, even so have I also sent them into the world. And for their sakes I sanctify myself, that they also might be sanctified through the Truth." (John 17:6-19.)
          To "sanctify" means to set apart for God. Only through God's Truth, received in faith, is man sanctified; and the Word of God is this Truth. And the Word of God is the Word concerning Christ, who has sanctified Himself for a sacrifice of the world's atonement. Thus sanctified, the Lord sent His Apostles into the world to preach His Word. And His prayer kept them. - Christian, never forget that you, too, are sanctified to God through the truth of the Word of Christ received in faith. You are God's, and God will make use of you in His service. And He will keep you.
          PRAYER: - I thank You, my God, that out of pure grace, for Christ's sake, You have sanctified me through Your Word which is the eternal Truth. Let me be and remain Your own eternally. Let me be Your servant, useful to You, thoroughly prepared for all good work. Keep me, O God; for I trust in You. Amen.

First Part : Festival Season
February 8, 2023     12:23 pm