In John 17, Jesus says that, though he has been given authority over all flesh, he grants eternal life only to those given to him by the Father. What are the implications of these words on the doctrine of election or our understanding of Christ’s Lordship? Also what did Jesus mean when he said, “For their sake I sanctify myself that they may be truly sanctified”? How are believers today sanctified by the work of Jesus Christ? On this episode, we’re airing a classic White Horse Inn panel discussion of Christ’s high-priestly prayer as we continue our series through the Gospel of John (originally aired 3-17-13).
Michael Horton: You have given him authority over all flesh. That is so different from what we hear. Have you made Jesus your personal Lord and Savior? It’s like he is only a king when his subjects acknowledge him as such. We don’t give him authority to be our Savior and Lord. The Father has given him authority over all flesh so that ‘I may give eternal life to all those whom you have given me.’
Term to Learn
Sanctification is the fruit of justification. It is the gracious and continuous operation of the Holy Spirit by which He delivers the justified sinner from the pollution of sin, renews his whole nature in the image of God, and enables him to perform good works. Sanctification never reaches perfection in this life (believers continue to struggle with sin), but by virtue of the believer’s union with Christ, real conformity to the image of Christ occurs by means of the Word and sacraments.
(Adapted from Louis Berkhof, Systematic Theology, pp. 532–535)