Summary: This message deals with Christ’s prayer in John 17 for His disciples sanctification and our need to live a sanctified life for Christ to be glorified in us.
Not much is said about the disciple’s conversions… that is…
Some he saved, he said, “Go and sin no more…
Or Thy sins be forgiven thee."
Some say that weren’t saved until they got the Holy Ghost…
(meaning Holy Ghost baptism and salvation are together as one work)
Acts 19:1 And it came to pass, that, while Apollos was at Corinth, Paul having passed through the upper coasts came to Ephesus: and finding certain disciples,
2 He said unto them, Have ye received the Holy Ghost since ye believed? And they said unto him, We have not so much as heard whether there be any Holy Ghost.
So these disciples were indeed saved… but they had not yet been filled with the baptism of the Holy Ghost. Therefore, we conclude that they are indeed separate experiences.
Our text: vs. 12 those that thou gavest me I have kept, and none of them is lost, but the son of perdition;
John 13: 10 Jesus saith to him, He that is washed needeth not save to wash his feet, but is clean every whit: and ye are clean, but not all.
11 For he knew who should betray him; therefore said he, Ye are not all clean.
Pretty strong language there.
These men had not only received the GRACE of God, but that grace had so fully kept them that the Savior could pronounce them clean without any limitation.
John 15:3 Now ye are clean through the word which I have spoken unto you.
They were clean…not by their own works….
BUT by the WORD which Christ has spoken to them.
So they were saved.
Why am I spending so much time on this?
I want you to notice the progression
Then , let’s look at our text again
NOW… they have been with Jesus 3 years.
He knows them better than anyone else could ever know them. Inside and out.
Remember: Christ came with a definite plan.
So, he was with them.
He taught them.
He was sanctifying them
He knew they still had some doubt… Thomas
Still would have some fear… Peter
Still would have some anger… John (wanting to call down fire on a certain village of Samaritans)
17 Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth.
18 As thou hast 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 through the truth.
Notice the progression…
1. Saves them
2. Separates them
3. Sanctifies them
Salvation is wonderful.
God separates us from Sin, and unto Himself.
BUT we must not stop there! WE must pursue Sanctification!!!!
In his intercessory prayer, he requests 5 times that they might become one.
Because HE knew that down the road, they would need to be as ONE so that when the Holy Ghost was given, they would really be in one mind and one accord.
In OT… God sanctified…
Ex 31:13 Speak thou also unto the children of Israel, saying, Verily my sabbaths ye shall keep: for it [is] a sign between me and you throughout your generations; that [ye] may know that I [am] the LORD that doth sanctify you.
But God also called for the people to Sanctify.
Jos 3:5 And Joshua said unto the people, Sanctify yourselves: for to morrow the LORD will do wonders among you.
Jos 7:13 Up, sanctify the people, and say, Sanctify yourselves against to morrow: for thus saith the LORD God of Israel, There is an accursed thing in the midst of thee, O Israel: thou canst not stand before thine enemies, until ye take away the accursed thing from among you.
"Sanctify" means to consecrate, prepare, dedicate, be hallowed, be holy, be sanctified, be separate
Same in the NT.
Eph 5:26 That he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word,
1Th 5:23 And the very God of peace sanctify you wholly; and [I pray God] your whole spirit and soul and body be preserved blameless unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.
And then our duty to sanctify ourselves….
1Pe 3:15 But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and [be] ready always to [give] an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear:
Why then all this preparing, this consecrating, this dedicating of ourselves to God???
So that CHRIST might be Glorified in US!!!!
Do you really think that the disciples could have done what they did for God without having had sanctifying experiences in their lives?
What about even waiting for the Holy Ghost for those 10 days???
Were they impatient, impulsive, easily agitated?
NO… they were together as one because Christ was sanctifying them.