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TCH MINI-STUDY: 36
 
THY WORD IS TRUTH
 
Praying to His heavenly Father, and referring to those who God the Father has given to Jesus Christ to receive faith and eternal life (John 17:2-3), Christ later says, Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word [Greek logos, account, saying, tidings, utterance, i.e., the Divine Expression,; a reference to Jesus Christ and the gospel] is truth. As thou hast sent me into the world, even so have I also sent them into the world. And for their sakes I sanctify myself, that they also might be sanctified through the truth (John 17:17-19). In verse 17, what is this “word” that Christ is referring to. The answer is found in Paul's letter to the Ephesian church: That we should be to the praise of his glory, who first trusted in Christ. In whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word [logos, Christ and the gospel message] of truth, the gospel [good news] of your salvation: in whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that holy Spirit of promise (Ephesians 1:12-13).


In our subject verses, “word” does not refer to the bible, but to Christ and His gospel [announcement of the good news] of salvation. Christ sanctified Himself so that those who God the Father has given to Jesus Christ may hear and believe the truth of the gospel, the announcement of the good news of salvation, the Kingdom, and eternal life, may also be sanctified and therefore receive eternal life. AMEN.

 
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A BRANCH SHALL GROW OUT OF HIS ROOTS

 

And there shall come forth a rod out of the stem of Jesse, and a Branch shall grow out of his roots: And the spirit of the LORD shall rest upon him, the spirit of wisdom and understanding, the spirit of counsel and might, the spirit of knowledge and of the fear of the LORD; And shall make him of quick understanding in the fear of the LORD: and he shall not judge after the sight of his eyes, neither reprove after the hearing of his ears: But with righteousness shall he judge the poor, and reprove with equity for the meek of the earth: and he shall smite the earth with the rod of his mouth, and with the breath of his lips shall he slay the wicked. And righteousness shall be the girdle of his loins, and faithfulness the girdle of his reins. The wolf also shall dwell with the lamb, and the leopard shall lie down with the kid; and the calf and the young lion and the fatling together; and a little child shall lead them. And the cow and the bear shall feed; their young ones shall lie down together: and the lion shall eat straw like the ox. And the sucking child shall play on the hole of the asp, and the weaned child shall put his hand on the cockatrice' den. They shall not hurt nor destroy in all my holy mountain: for the earth shall be full of the knowledge of the LORD, as the waters cover the sea. And in that day there shall be a root of Jesse, which shall stand for an ensign of the people; to it shall the Gentiles seek: and his rest shall be glorious”  (Isaiah 11:1-10).

 

"In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.  The same was in the beginning with God.  All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made.  In him was life; and the life was the light of men.  And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not"  (John 1:1-5).

 

"And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.  John bare witness of him, and cried, saying, This was he of whom I spake, He that cometh after me is preferred before me: for he was before me.  And of his fulness have all we received, and grace for grace.  For the law was given by Moses, but grace and truth came by Jesus Christ"  (John 1:14-17).