“I am the LORD; that is my name! I will not give my glory to another or my praise to idols. [Isa 42:8]
I have been ruminating over this verse. I have mentioned it before in a previous post. I believe it is very important to understand this verse. The Lord says, “He will not give His glory to another”. So, how are we to comprehend the following verse in John 1:14…
“The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the One and Only, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.” NIV
‘The Word”, which is Jesus, “became flesh and dwelt among us and we have seen HIS glory, the glory of the One and Only, who CAME FROM the Father”. So, in other Words, we have seen the glory of the Father in His Son.
And this verse in John 8:54…
“Jesus replied, “If I glorify myself, my glory means nothing. My Father, whom you claim as your God, is the one who glorifies me.” NIV
So, the Father glorifies the Son. Isn’t this starting to look like God is giving His glory to another?
And what about these verses in John 13:31-32?…
“When he was gone, Jesus said, “Now is the Son of Man glorified and God is glorified in him. If God is glorified in him, God will glorify the Son in himself, and will glorify him at once.” NIV
How can the Bible be so contradictory?
How can God say “He won’t share His glory with another” and then, when Jesus comes along, start sharing His glory with Him? Well, the truth is, there is no contradiction. There is no doctrinal crisis. But how can this be resolved?
John 17:5 says…
“And now, Father, glorify me in your presence with the glory I had with you before the world began. NIV”
Jesus had the Father’s glory before the world began and Jesus shared in the Father’s glory when He was physically here on earth. Why?
Because Jesus is God!
God is not sharing His glory, He said He would never do that. Jesus is God! (and God is Jesus).
The Father is in Jesus and Jesus is in the Father
“But if I do it, even though you do not believe me, believe the miracles, that you may know and understand that the Father is in me, and I in the Father.” NIV [John 10:38]
Jesus and the Father are One
“I and the Father are one.” NIV [John 10:30]
Be the way, the Holy Spirit is God as well but that is another blog. :-)