An open Bible and a cup of coffee.

Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word 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. Neither pray I for these alone, but for them also which shall believe on me through their word”
(John 17:17-20)

The Law of Diffusion describes the natural process in which there is a net flow of matter from regions of higher concentration to regions of lower concentration. A flower’s perfume that fills the room or a tire losing air are familiar examples of diffusion. Several years ago, scientists examining zircon crystals dredged up from the depths of the earth were shocked to discover large amounts of radiogenic helium, a decay product of uranium, within the crystals. They were shocked because that much helium, based on assumed decay rates, would have taken over a billion years of radioactive decay to accumulate. Nevertheless, the crystals themselves were permeable, meaning that the helium was diffusing out of them at a known rate. Based on this known diffusion rate, the crystals could not be older than about 6,000 years. The take away from all of this is that the diffusion rates of helium from the zircons prove that the radiometric dating method is seriously flawed. Not only so, but it confirms the biblical account of a relatively recent creation (approximately 6,000 years ago). There is another, less encouraging, kind of diffusion that we need to be aware of also. This is the tendency of worldly, godless ideas and behaviors to seep into the church. Today’s verse passage is part of our Lord’s high priestly prayer for his people. His desire is that we remain sanctified, set apart as His special ambassadors (2 Corinthians 5:20-21). This prayer was necessary because it is not always easy for Christians to stand against the spirit of the age. Its ideas sometimes sound good, and they are adopted as such by the vast majority of people. Our Lord reminds us that “that which is highly esteemed among men is abomination in the sight of God” (Luke 16:15). His half brother, James, asked rhetorically, “Know ye not that the friendship of the world is enmity with God? whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world is the enemy of God” (James 4:4). James further instructs us, as custodians of the truth and observers of true religion, to keep ourselves “unspotted from the world” (James 1:27). The great spokesman for the apostles, Peter, gave us two powerful and instructive epistles in this connection. In his first epistle, he instructs us concerning threats, dangers, and challenges coming from outside of the church. In his second epistle, however, he focuses on threats from within the professing church. Paul had spoken to these things earlier in his address to the Ephesian elders (Acts 20). As Noah pitched his ark with pitch, inside and out (Genesis 6:14), we must seal our hearts and homes with God’s word and the sealing, protective presence of its Blessed Author.

God bless,

pastor john