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Washed By The Word
by Wayne Blank
"That He might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the Word"
The English word sanctify is used to translate the original Greek word of the Holy Scriptures, pronounced hag-ee-ad-zo, which means to set apart for holy use. The words sanctuary and saint are also directly related to this principle. God's true people are set apart to Him by their faith, being faithful, to Him, to His Word.
The apostle Paul (see Paul's Ministry) made the sanctify and faith connection by an analogy of marriage in which faith means being faithful.
"Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave Himself for it; That He might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word [see also Living Waters], That He might present it to Himself a glorious church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish."
"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 ... 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 1:1-3,14 KJV)
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