Set apart by the word

Recently I talked about how Yeshua thought that his kingdom was not of this world.

However, it occurred to me that he also taught a similar thing about his disciples:

John 17:14,16: “I have given them thy word; and the world hath hated them, because they are not of the world, even as I am not of the world. … They are not of the world, even as I am not of the world.”

I thought this was curious, considering that we know the disciples were human and we know their ancestry, so whatever Yeshua is talking about here must mean something else, something spiritual.

I think we see the answer in the next verse:

John 17:17: “Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth.”

This sanctification, or setting apart, is what sets them apart from the world. And that sanctification is due to the truth, the word of God.

Paul puts it this way:

1Cor 2:6-7: “Howbeit we speak wisdom among them that are perfect: yet not the wisdom of this world, nor of the princes of this world, that come to naught: But we speak the wisdom of God in a mystery, even the hidden wisdom, which God ordained before the world unto our glory:”

This is the wisdom, the truth, the word of God that sets believers apart for God’s set apart kingdom.