Jesus prays, “Sanctify them in the truth; Your Word is truth.”
The Word transforms. Knowing the Word, knowing truth is not an intellectual undertaking — rather knowing the Word is a day to day transformation. We are being made holy by the Word of God as we remain in the presence of God via His Word. God’s Word gives us access to the truth of God — who He is, what He plans, how He accomplishes His goal to unite all things under one authority, Jesus Christ.
Holiness or sanctification is not an external act. Rather, becoming sacred is a setting aside. God sets us aside; He calls us His own. He reveals Himself fully in His Word. His Word is truth. Jesus is the truth.
Jesus proclaims, “Let not your hearts be troubled. Believe in God; believe also in Me…I Am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.” (John 14: 1, 6)
Take off your shoes; this ground is sacred — set aside, made holy by the presence of the Lord God Almighty.
Christ suffers once, put to death in the flesh for our sins. He is the Righteous One. We are the unrighteous. Christ never suffers again, but remains alive in the Spirit.
Note who suffers: Christ. Note how many times He suffers: Once. Note: Though He dies in the flesh, He lives in the Spirit. Note the location of the Spirit: In us. Note the location of Christ: At the right hand of God the Father where He always lives to intercede for us. Note the One who dies: Christ is the righteous. Note those for whom He dies: We are the unrighteous. Note: We do not die for Him; He dies for us.
Note: We have no need to add to Christ’s work. Jesus, on the Cross, proclaims: “It is accomplished.”
“Christ suffered once for sins, the righteous for the unrighteous, that He might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh but made alive in the Spirit.”
Paul and Timothy tell the saints at Colossae, “We heard of your faith in Christ Jesus.” They also tell them they are aware “of the love that [they] have for all the saints;” (Colossians 1: 4) then promise to pray continually “that [they] may be filled with the knowledge of [God’s] will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding.” (Colossians 1: 9)
The faith of the Colossians comes “through the Word of truth, the gospel;” and gives a “hope laid up for [them] in heaven.” (Colossians 1: 5) From understanding God’s grace, the Colossians are able to “walk in a manner worthy of the Lord.” (Colossians 1: 10)
Faith comes through hearing of the Word of God, the gospel. Understanding of the Word is granted by God’s grace. The Holy Spirit fills us with the knowledge of God’s will, giving us “spiritual wisdom.” All this results in a “walk…worthy of the Lord.” With a walk worthy of God, love for the saints and hope in heaven become daily companions.
Paul and Timothy pray, “May you be strengthened with all power, according to His glorious might.” (Colossians 1: 11)