Thursday, September 22, 2011
Our Lord Sanctified Himself for Us
In John 17 Jesus said that He sanctified Himself for our sakes.
Rainsford in "Our Lord Prays for His Own" puts it this way:
"So here our Lord saith, 'for their sakes,' to supply all their need out of My own fullness, to make My strength perfect in their weakness, to be the fountain-head of their life, to be their light, and their joy, to be 'Made unto them wisdom, and righteousness and sanctification, and redemption' (1 Cor 1:30)
"To be a wall of fire round about them, so that no evil may befall them,
to be the glory in the midst of them, so that every blessing may be with them,
that they may be kept from falling, and presented faultless before the presence of My glory with exceeding joy,
that they may lack nothing that is good for time or for eternity, the life or in death,
That they may evermore be filled with all the fullness of God, and kept for Me and the Father forever, 'I sanctify Myself.'"
"For their sakes," and for their sins: we read in Galatians 1:4, He "gave himself for our sins," that we might be forgiven' and not only forgiven, but that we might be "justified from all things"; and not only justified, but that we might be adopted, made sons and daughters of the Lord God Almighty; and not only adopted but "sanctified"; not only delivered from destruction, but exalted to holiness; not only saved from hell, but brought to heaven; that His glory might not only be "seen on us," but that it might be "revealed in us."