This meaning of ‘the truth’ is then more fully brought out by the statement, ‘Thy word is truth.’ Here by ‘word’ we are not to understand the word of God in genera], but the word already spoken of in John 17:14,—that special word of the Father which is found in His revelation of Himself in the Son, the Word. Even disciples must pray for sanctifying grace. The Bereans "received the word with all readiness, and searched the Scriptures daily to find out whether these things were so" (Acts 17:10-11). John 14:6]. 1. (4) Be diligent and watchful concerning the lesser facts of daily life, and not merely its greater trials. John W. Ritenbaugh Through thy truth (ἐν τῇ ἀληθείᾳ σου). Let us notice, briefly, how it is that it is so adapted to this end. Hence it is not the mere instrumental truth, it is the divine Spirit, which sanctifies. 1870. He utters the paradox that the Holy Spirit is the Comforter, because He guides into all truth. Conclusion: It is an unspeakable blessing. A COMMENDATION OF THE WORD OF GOD. He that sees all this, or that looks on things as they are, will desire to be holy. They know that their own efforts are fruitless and unavailing unless God be with them. To have the truth made accessible to us. Official consecration. Used by permission of Broadman Press (Southern Baptist Sunday School Board). Prayer is always the sign of earnest desire for another’s good: how earnest, then, must have been that desire which could bid back the onrush of sorrow from Gethsemane, &c. 2. ", Commentary Critical and Explanatory - Unabridged, Kretzmann's Popular Commentary of the Bible, Lange's Commentary on the Holy Scriptures. There is no view of God more evident than that He is a God of holiness; that sin is that abominable thing which He bates. Without purity there can be no peace. An agency is implied here--without which the means would be vain. God’s Word. It reveals, 2. It is the generous response not to be at least untouched by love. Thy Word is truth.--By truth is meant that which sustains, answers expectation, and never disappoints; which is ever found to be consistent with reality. For this purpose He brought Abraham from Ur of the Chaldees, and Israel out of Egypt. To the Christian all duty may be summed up in the one grand duty of imitating Christ and walking in Him. ), I. John 7:17, ESV: "If anyone’s will is to do God’s will, he will know whether the teaching is from God or whether I am speaking on my own authority." NASB Charles F. Stanley Life Principles Daily Bible, Softcover. Sin is the great dividing element. “Well,” said her friend, “if you cannot remember the text and cannot remember the sermon, how is it that it has done you any good?” Then the old lady, taking up a jug of water, poured it through a pipe, saying, “Do you see this pipe? "Commentary on John 17:17". He expects us to have the same mind that was in Him. Where a holy being, as Christ, is set apart for a holy work, as for the work of redemption, no inward purification is possible; for he is already perfectly pure. 1 Corinthians 5:8 Mackennal, Christian World Pulpit, vol. See on John 10:36. 18. 1874-1909. Progressive. It signifies to make holy or pure. Through thy truth; by giving them right views of truth, and leading them to obey it. Thank You Father that I am chosen, set apart, and sanctified unto you because I am part of the body of Christ. Tavo žodis yra tiesa. Reynolds disagreed that such a "limitation" exists, but he was correct in his mention of "numerous assurances" of the New Testament which prove that it does exist. When Jesus prayed here that God would sanctify them, he probably included both these ideas, that they might be made personally more holy, and might be truly consecrated to God as the ministers of his religion. Matthew 22:16. Observe how God has joined holiness and truth together. Ministers of the gospel will be really devoted to the service of God just in proportion as they are personally pure. But all these are truths of an inferior description. Bullinger's Companion bible Notes". The chief seat of man’s moral disease is the heart. As Christ had a mission, so have His saints. (b) The Word of God has also a cleansing and purifying power. We might here direct our attention to the whole of the Scriptures; and remark on the unity of design kept up by so many men writing in different ages, and without the possibility of concerting their plans. 2. 1. The truth of God sanctifies. Yea, all the events of Providence around us work towards that one end; for this our joys and our sorrows are sacred medicines by which we are cured of the disease of nature, and prepared for the enjoyment of perfect spiritual health. John 17:17. Expository Notes with Practical Observations on the New Testament. A man who believes in a philosophy which makes man his own centre will have a different idea of morality from the man whose centre is God. and grow in your knowledge of the Bible with videos highlighting https: Matthew 13:44 In relation to men it is the weaning from self, sense, and sin, and the devotion of head, heart, and hands to the service and glory of God. All rights reserved. https: Greek Testament Critical Exegetical Commentary. ; Fausset, A. R.; Brown, David. It is the communication of holy feelings, heavenly desires, and gracious affections; in a word, it is the breathing into the soul of that sweet spirituality of mind which is life and peace. This being so, the truth which it is needful for us to receive is evidently fixed. Why are we not one? ὁ λόγ. Finding the new version too difficult to understand? 1999. Sanctification and belief of the truth are at least coordinate if the former does not spring from the latter (2 Thessalonians 2:13), since the word of God effectually works in them who believe (1 Thessalonians 2:13). It accords exactly with what God is, and what it teaches may therefore be relied on.