August 2, 2017 UPDATE: What is the Christian walk all about? What does it mean to walk in a manner worthy of the cross of Christ? How are we to live? I’m sticking this to the front page in hopes of answering some of these questions. It’s old. Life is very different now than then…but Truth does not change. Please, consider Jesus.
A Blogged Bible Study entry for John 17:
HAGIAZO is rendered sanctified, holy, honored, sanctify, consecrated, hallow
1) to render or acknowledge, or to be venerable or hallow
2) to separate from profane things and dedicate to God
2a) consecrate things to God
2b) dedicate people to God
3) to purify
3a) to cleanse externally
3b) to purify by expiation: free from the guilt of sin
3c) to purify internally by renewing of the soul
To be holy is to be “other,” to be different in a special way. The same basic meaning is used when the word holy is applied to earthly things….The things that are holy are things that are set apart, separated from the rest. They have been consecrated, separated from the commonplace, unto the Lord and His service….
References given in the video ~
Jesus prays for all those the Father has given Him:
“Sanctify them (set them apart) in the truth; Your word is truth. As You sent Me into the world, I also have sent them into the world. For their sakes I sanctify Myself (I am set apart), that they themselves also may be sanctified (set apart) in truth.”
We know He prays this for us, as well as His disciples:
“I do not ask on behalf of these alone, but for those also who believe in Me through their word” ~John 17:20
Speaking of Christ and the church:
“…so that He might sanctify her, having cleansed her by the washing of water with the word…” ~Ephesians 5:26
Please don’t misunderstand. I am not speaking of being taken out of the world. Jesus makes that point, also, in this chapter. I am discussing the internal work that immediately follows justification. God does the work and He has declared us holy…sanctified…set apart unto Him, for His service. We cooperate in this work of sanctification by learning from, and leaning on Him.
Brethren, I do not regard myself as having laid hold of it yet; but one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and reaching forward to what lies ahead, I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus. ~Philippians 3:13-14