Posted by: Bill Hornbeck | June 19, 2019

“My glory I will not give to another.”

Today’s devotion comes from John 8:48-59.  Here is a link to this Scripture – https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=John+8&version=NASB

I quote only the following verses.

“The Jews answered and said to Him, “Do we not say rightly that You are a Samaritan and have a demon?”  Jesus answered, “I do not have a demon;  but I honor My Father, and you dishonor Me.  But I do not seek My glory;  there is One who seeks and judges.  Truly, truly, I say to you, if anyone keeps My word he will never see death.”  John 8:48-51.

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Jesus had every reason to be very angry and defensive when He was accused of having a demon.  Moreover, Jesus had every reason to seek glory for Himself.  But, we notice that Jesus’ focus was honoring His father.  Jesus simply denied having a demon but proceeded to emphasize:  “I honor My Father” and “I do not seek My glory”.

The meaning of the last part of verse 50 (“there is One who seeks and judges.”) is that God seeks glory for Himself and also judges whether we seek our own glory or God’s glory.

The meaning of verse 51 (“Truly, truly, I say to you, if anyone keeps My word he will never see death.”), considering that it follows immediately after verse 50, is that if we seek God’s glory rather than our own glory, then we will have eternal life.

“How can you believe, when you receive glory from one another and you do not seek the glory that is from the one and only God?”  John 5:44.

If Christ Himself did not seek His own glory, then how much more should we not seek our own glory!

“I am the LORD, that is My name;
I will not give My glory to another,
Nor My praise to graven images.”  Isaiah 42:8.

“For My own sake, for My own sake, I will act;
For how can My name be profaned?
And My glory I will not give to another.”  Isaiah 48:11.

“10 He does not delight in the strength of the horse;
He does not take pleasure in the legs of a man.
11 The LORD favors those who fear Him,
Those who wait for His lovingkindness.”  Psalm 147:10-11.

“For by grace you have been saved through faith;  and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God;  not as a result of works, so that no one may boast.”  Ephesians 2:8.

“For consider your calling, brethren, that there were not many wise according to the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble;  but God has chosen the foolish things of the world to shame the wise, and God has chosen the weak things of the world to shame the things which are strong, and the base things of the world and the despised God has chosen, the things that are not, so that He may nullify the things that are, so that no man may boast before God.  But by His doing you are in Christ Jesus, who became to us wisdom from God, and righteousness and sanctification, and redemption, so that, just as it is written, “LET HIM WHO BOASTS, BOAST IN THE LORD.”  1 Corinthians 1:26-31.

We must give all glory to God especially for our salvation.  

And yet, other doctrine is quite content to seek its own glory, boasting of its own goodness, its own wisdom, its own will, and its own works.

But, Reformed Doctrine seeks God’s glory, boasting in God for providing all that is needed for salvation from beginning to end:  from the beginning of God’s “Unconditional Election” through God’s “Limited Atonement” through God’s “Irresistible Grace” to the end of God’s “Preservation of the Saints”, the “U”, “L”, “I”, and “P” of “TULIP”, the Five Points of Calvinism, the Reformed Doctrine of Salvation as more fully taught in the Canons of Dordt.

Other doctrine focuses on man and man’s alleged free-will choice of Christ and gives man at least some credit and glory for his salvation.

Consider what one church states in part in “What We Believe”.

“IV. Salvation

Salvation involves the redemption of the whole man, and is offered freely to all who accept Jesus Christ as Lord and Saviour, who by His own blood obtained eternal redemption for the believer.  …”  (Emphasis added.)

But, Reformed Doctrine focuses on God as the cause of why we believe and gives God all the credit and glory for our faith and our salvation.

Consider what the Canons of Dordt states in part in its THIRD AND FOURTH HEADS OF DOCTRINE Of the Corruption of Man, His Conversion to God, and the Manner Thereof.

“Article 14.  Faith is therefore to be considered as the gift of God, not on account of its being offered by God to man, to be accepted or rejected at his pleasure;  but because it is in reality conferred, breathed, and infused into him;  or even because God bestows the power or ability to believe, and then expects that man should by the exercise of his own free will, consent to the terms of that salvation, and actually believe in Christ;  but because he who works in man both to will and to do, and indeed all things in all, produces both the will to believe, and the act of believing also.”

“He who speaks from himself seeks his own glory;  but He who is seeking the glory of the One who sent Him, He is true, and there is no unrighteousness in Him.”  John 7:18.


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