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The Lord Your Healer: 

Discover Him and Find His Healing Touch by Paul J. Bucknell

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Discover Him and Find His Healing Touch

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The Bible Teaching Commentary on Genesis: The Book of Foundations

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Overcoming Anxiety: Finding Peace, Discovering God


Survey of the Gospel of John

Jesus’ Priestly Prayer

John 17:16-19

Sanctify God’s People

Paul J. Bucknell

The Bible Teaching Commentary

John 17:1-8 Glorify | John 17:9-12 Unite | John 17:13-15 Protect
John 17:16-19 Sanctify | John 17:20-23 Testimony | John 17:24-26 Share

Sanctify God’s People John 17:16-19 is the fourth of six prayer requests made during Jesus' lengthy prayer at the end of the Upper Room Discourse which shows the importance God's Word has in building up God's people to live as one people under Him. Includes Bible study questions.

4) Sanctify God’s People (John 17:16-19)

“Sanctify them in the truth; Thy word is truth” (John 17:17).

Jesus is ultimately concerned about the lifestyle of the believer. He asks the Father to sanctify them, that is, to set more of their hearts and decisions to conform to that of the Father above.

Bible Study Questions John 17:16-19Study Corner

  1. In what sense are believers or Christ ‘not of this world’ (John 17:16)?

  2. While verse 16 speaks of our position, it seems urgent that believers must gradually be shaped into that calling. What does ‘sanctify’ mean? (Suggestion: do a word search for santification, sanctified and sanctify).

  3. How are believers sanctified (John 17:17,19)?

  4. From reading John 17:18, would you say that Jesus believed this sanctification process could work despite the threats surrounding the church?


Positionally, believers are not of the world but there still remains a work of sanctification that must take place in the believers’ lives. This is the reason Jesus strongly emphasized the work of ‘making disciples’ through the teaching of His Word before He ascended (see Matthew 28:18-20).

Reflection and application questions

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5) Unite the Church for a Testimony (John 17:20-23)

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