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.
Once again today we focus on the glory of God that was given to Jesus; that same glory that Jesus has now given to us. And in our examination of the glory, let’s look at the purpose of that glory that has been given to us. It is for divine, powerful, and eternal purpose. Examine the words of John 1:14. “And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.” Consider this dynamic revelation concerning the glory of God. Upon whom, or what, was that glory placed? The glory in question was set upon the “Word made flesh.” That was Father’s intended place of deposit. Since Jesus always did those things that pleased Father, the same must still be true of that glory and its placement today. And today, the placement for that glory is on each member of the Church, the body of Christ. That sets the believer in a divine position. Since we have been born again of the Spirit and by the Word of God, and since we are part of the body of Christ, the placement of His glory is still viewed by the Father as divine. Perhaps we believers need to reconsider how we identify ourselves. We are NOT “old sinners saved by grace.” We WERE old sinners, but since we have been saved by grace, we are now new creatures in Christ Jesus, recreated in His image by the power of Holy Spirit through the new birth. We are NOW the righteousness of God in Jesus Christ.
Now, as the righteousness of God in Jesus Christ, you and I have been made recipients of the glory of the only begotten of the Father, and we have received that glory for a divinely intended purpose. That purpose is to be the body of Christ in the earth. It is to work the works that Jesus worked; healing, delivering, provisioning, and changing lives. It is to do greater works than Jesus did; leading the lost to Jesus through the new birth, and more than that, to lead believers to the baptism in Holy Spirit. We are His ambassadors, that is ambassadors with divine citizenship, here in this present life. That means we speak for Him as He would speak, and that likewise mean that when we carry out our ambassadorial duties, we have all the authority and power of heavenly divinity standing behind us to uphold us in our words and deeds. And because the Word is eternal, so should our impact in the earth be.
Manna for Today – John 17; John 1:1 & 14; Isaiah 60-61; Isaiah 42:1-9; Romans 6:4; Romans 8:11