And the glory which thou gavest me I have given them… – John 17:22
There’re those who say, “God never shares His glory with anyone.” Yes, He wouldn’t share His glory with the heathen gods. But with us, His kids, He did better than share His glory with us: He gave us His glory, and made us His glory. When He said in Isaiah 42:8, “…my glory will I not give to another, neither my praise to graven images,” He wasn’t talking about not sharing His glory with His children. He was talking about idols. He’s made us partakers of His glory!
Read again, the words of the Master in our opening verse: “And the glory which thou gavest me I HAVE GIVEN THEM….” He was praying to the Father. But notice that He didn’t say, “The glory which thou gavest me, I shall give them when they get to heaven.” He said the glory that God gave Him; He has in turn given to us. It’s a fact for now. The Lord Jesus doesn’t mind that you’re sharing His glory, because He gave it to you in the first place! Not to believe and accept this isn’t humility; it’s ignorance. It’s useless to ask Him for His glory since He has already given the glory to us. We are His glory!
Moreover, the Bible says those that God called, “…them he also justified: and whom he justified, them he also GLORIFIED” (Romans 8:30). We’ve been gloried! Jesus Christ is the express image of God’s Person. He’s the effulgence or outshining of the glory of God. The Bible says “…He received from God the Father, honour and glory” (2 Peter 1:17). Now, the same glory the Father gave Him is what He has freely given to you.
No wonder He says, “Arise, shine; for thy light is come, and the glory of the LORD is risen upon thee” (Isaiah 60:1). You’re the epitome of God’s glory. The Apostle Paul understood this and declared: “But we all, with open face beholding as in a glass (mirror) the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord” (2 Corinthians 3:18).
Now, mirrors reflect whatever is before them, which means when you stand before the mirror of God—His Word—what you see, which is the glory of God—is actually yourself. Therefore, not only has He given you His glory, He’s made you His glory! You’re the expression of God’s glory today!
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Dear Father, I thank you for glorifying me with the glory of your Son, Jesus Christ! That glory is evident in my physical body, my family, job, business, and in all areas of my life, in Jesus’ Name. Amen.
FURTHER STUDY: Ephesians 1:15-19; John 17:20-22 (New International Version)