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Who will glorify the Son?

Submitted: 12/6/2007
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Question: John 17:5 says, 'And now, O Father, glorify thou me with thine own self with the glory which I had with thee before the world was.' The Father gives glory to the Son even before the world was. Now Jesus again is asking to glorify him with the Father 'ownself' as it was. Does this verse shows that the Father is a different being from Jesus? As Jesus was asking 'own self.'

Answer: Speaking of the Man, Jesus Christ, 1 Peter 1:20 says, 'He indeed was foreordained before the foundation of the world, but was manifest in these last times for you.' Before God created anything, He ordained that one day He would enter into His creation as one of us to save us from our sins. This was His plan. This was His purpose. On a specific day in time, that plan became flesh and dwelled among us. As a flesh and blood human being, He lived out His life just like any other human being would: He ate, He slept, He breathed, He experienced hot and cold, He read the Scriptures, He prayed, He bled, and ultimately He died. This Man was not another being, different from the One He was manifesting. He was God Himself living as one of us. But as one of us, He was dependent on the Father for all things, just like us. Keep in mind that He was a real human being. It is in this sense that Jesus would not glorify Himself, but would rather depend upon the Spirit to glorify Him. In essence He was praying that the eternal plan of God would be finally fulfilled--that God would be glorified among men by the death, burial, and resurrection of His own humanity.