Ah, the glory of a rose! The magnificence of color! The perfection of form! The splendor of this beauty is when it is in full bloom. But such a rose will not last forever. It wilts and passes away and becomes a memory in the heart. But for a brief moment it was all that God created it to be! Could humans say the same – that we are all that we were created to be?
The Passover Prayer of Yeshua
Matthew 17:1 Jesus spoke these words, lifted up His eyes to heaven, and said: “Father, the hour has come. Glorify Your Son, that Your Son also may glorify You, 2 as You have given Him authority over all flesh, that He should give eternal life to as many as You have given Him. 3 And this is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent. 4 I have glorified You on the earth. I have finished the work which You have given Me to do. 5 And now, O Father, glorify Me together with Yourself, with the glory which I had with You before the world was.
A theme in this prayer of the Messiah is that of “Glory”. So what exactly does “glorify” mean?
Cognate: 1392 doksázō (from 1391 /dóksa, “glory”) – glorify; properly, to ascribe weight by recognizing real substance (value).
“Glorifying God” means valuing Him for who He really is. For example, “giving (ascribing) glory to God” personally acknowledges God in His true character (essence).(From HELPS Word-Studies)
God, our holy Yahweh, is the King of the Universe and should be glorified. He created all things. The LORD is deserving of honor and praise, is totally good with His mercy enduring forever! No one else has this particular glory but the Godhead – the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.
Yeshua prayed for Himself and then continued to pray for the disciples and all believers.
20 “I do not pray for these alone, but also for those who will believe in Me through their word; 21 that they all may be one, as You, Father, are in Me, and I in You; that they also may be one in Us, that the world may believe that You sent Me. 22 And the glory which You gave Me I have given them, that they may be one just as We are one: 23 I in them, and You in Me; that they may be made perfect in one, and that the world may know that You have sent Me, and have loved them as You have loved Me.
Did I read that correctly? The glory which was given to Christ, he has given us? Yes, indeed. That’s in there!
Numerous interpretations have been given this “glory”:
- the glory of His glorified body (at the last trump)
- the heavenly glory which those who are born-again will ultimately share
- the glory of the union with Our Redeemer (This fits with the context.)
- the glory of the Sons of God (Romans 8:18-23) which happens at the last trumpet!
- Maybe it’s all of the above! Born-again believers receive all of these but they are not yet manifested!
29 For whom He foreknew, He also predestined to be conformed to the image of His Son, that He might be the firstborn among many brethren. 30 Moreover whom He predestined, these He also called; whom He called, these He also justified; and whom He justified, these He also glorified.
This, however, is not the glory of the Godhead…. for that glory belongs only to the God! There is a difference between the glory of God and the glory that the LORD has given to us, just as there is a difference between the sun and the moon!
1 Corinthians 15
40There are also celestial bodies and terrestrial bodies; but the glory of the celestial is one, and the glory of the terrestrial is another. 41There is one glory of the sun, another glory of the moon, and another glory of the stars; for one star differs from another star in glory. (1 Cor 15)
Notice This version which uses “splendor” instead of “glory“.
There are also heavenly bodies and earthly bodies. But the splendor of the heavenly bodies is of one degree, and the splendor of the earthly bodies is of another. (1 Cor 15:40 Berean Study Bible)
And there is also a difference between the glory of a rose which fades and the glory of the Sons of God who will live forever!
This is eternal life: that they may know you, the only true God, and the one you have sent —Jesus Christ.
(John 17:3 Christian Standard Bible)
A Glorious Body
(for fuller understanding , read 1 Cor 15:35-54)
42So also is the resurrection of the dead. The body is sown in corruption, it is raised in incorruption. 43It is sown in dishonor, it is raised in glory. It is sown in weakness, it is raised in power. 44It is sown a natural body, it is raised a spiritual body. There is a natural body, and there is a spiritual body. 45And so it is written, “The first man Adam became a living being.” The last Adam became a life-giving spirit… 49 And as we have borne the image of the man of dust, we shall also bear the image of the heavenly Man.
But this will not happen until the last trump!
18 For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us. 19 For the earnest expectation of the creation eagerly waits for the revealing of the sons of God. 20 For the creation was subjected to futility, not willingly, but because of Him who subjected it in hope; 21 because the creation itself also will be delivered from the bondage of corruption into the glorious liberty of the children of God. 22 For we know that the whole creation groans and labors with birth pangs together until now. 23 Not only that, but we also who have the firstfruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, eagerly waiting for the adoption, the redemption of our body.
The redemption of our body is at the last trump!
1 Corinthians 15
51 Behold, I tell you a mystery: We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed— 52 in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed. 53For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality.
We will be raised and changed to be like Our Redeemer! This is at the “resurrection of the just”! (Luke 14:14)
Beloved, now we are children of God; and it has not yet been revealed what we shall be, but we know that when He is revealed, we shall be like Him, for we shall see Him as He is.
(1 John 3:2)
We shall finally be that which the LORD created us to be! What a future to which we have to look forward – the glory of being one of the sons of God! HalleluYAH!
PRAYER: “O righteous Father, we praise you and thank you for making us to be sons of God! May we do this justice while on the earth and become more like You as we try to walk in the Spirit of Your love!