SEEKING GLORY FOR ANOTHER
Have you ever taken time to think about one Divine Person seeking to glorify another Divine Person? This is clearly what Jesus says the Spirit will do for Him. “He will glorify Me, for He will take what is Mine and declare it to you.” (John 16:14). This is not unusual. Consider Jesus’ words to the Father in His prayer.
“When Jesus had spoken these words, He lifted up His eyes to heaven, and said, “Father, the hour has come; glorify Your Son that the Son may glorify You…And now, Father, glorify Me in Your own presence with the glory that I had with You before the world existed” (John 17:1, 5).
There was a mutual seeking and giving of glory between the Father and the Son because they shared glory that is unique to the Godhead. It was there with them in past eternity, but in a sense was temporarily set aside so Jesus could become a man for the purpose of redeeming mankind back into a relationship with God (see Philippians 2:6-11).
Jesus made it very clear that while He was in this human condition, He did not seek His own glory; “Yet I do not seek My own glory; there is One who seeks it, and He is the judge” (John 8:50). Said a different way; God the Father seeks glory for His Son and will judge all who refuse to give Him glory He is worthy of. “Therefore, God has highly exalted Him and bestowed on Him the name that is above every name, so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow” (Phil. 2:9-10).
Unity in the Godhead is perfect! The problem is with us. So often we place ourselves and things before what belongs to Jesus. Listen to the Spirit and He will change your priorities.
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