John 17:22-23 – And the glory which thou gavest me I have given them; that they may be one, even as we are one: I in them, and thou in me, that they may be made perfect in one; and that the world may know that thou hast sent me, and hast loved them, as thou hast loved me.
I write to you today about the glory of the Lord, and without any attempt to play word games, what a glorious topic it is! First, I want you to consider deeply the words of our Lord in our Text for Today. Please note; these are the words of the Messiah Himself. “And the glory which Thou has given Me I have given them.” Once again, these are the words of Messiah Himself, and as such can have no deception or misdirection in them. They are plainly set forth and mean precisely what they say. When these words are accurately considered, many traditions that have been spoken from pulpits across our globe fall by the way side, not the least of which is the one I will address at the very beginning of this writing.
How often have we heard ministers make a statement such as, “God will not share His glory with anyone else”? I have heard it often in my lifetime. And when I hear such a statement, I know the speaker is speaking from the traditions of men and NOT from the authority of the Word of God. That statement comes from Isaiah 42:8. Here it is: “I am the LORD: that is my name: and my glory will I not give to another, neither my praise to graven images.” When read as a stand-alone verse, out of context, it is easy for one to assume that God is saying He will not share His glory with anyone else. Sadly, it is the reading of stand-alone verses, out of context, that has robbed the church of so many of the great blessings Father wants the church to possess and enjoy. And His glory is one of them. While I don’t have the space here to set forth the entirety of the first nine verses of Isaiah 42, go to it for yourself and see the glorious truth the Lord has set forth. This passage is a wonderful prophetic word concerning the Lord that shall come, Jesus the Messiah. And because it is specifically about him, Father is saying that it is ONLY with Him, the Lord Jesus, that He will share, or give His glory. Oh, what a wonderful truth the body of Christ needs to see.
But we cannot stop there. For in our Text for Today we read the words of Jesus Himself. Father gave His glory to Jesus. Now, belonging to Jesus, Jesus gives it to whom He chooses, and He chose us, His body, the Church. He has given His glory to you and me. And He gave it to us for a purpose; that we might fully represent Him in this world as His royal ambassadors. Let’s get busy, shall we?
Manna for Today – John 17; John 1:1 & 14; Isaiah 60-61; Isaiah 42:1-9; Romans 6:4; Romans 8:11