Gospel of John [17:24]. The Lord's priestly prayer; part 45. Seated with Christ in order to behold His glory.
length: 60:08 - taught on Mar, 4 2015
Title: Gospel of John [17:24]. The Lord's priestly prayer; part 45. Seated with Christ in order to behold His glory.
JOH 17:24 "Father, I desire that they also, whom Thou hast given Me, be with Me where I am, in order that they may behold My glory, which Thou hast given Me; for Thou didst love Me before the foundation of the world.
Everything we do, we should do with His glory (person, essence, purpose, etc.) in mind.
1CO 10:31 Whether, then, you eat or drink or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.
When the Lord asked Peter, Andrew, and John to put out into the deeper water after a full night of failed fishing they were first unwilling but succumbed to His request. They caught so many fish that the nets began to break and so they had to ask their partners in another boat to come and help. They pulled the nets in and filled both boats to the point of them sinking. Why didn't Jesus continue the miracle from the catch and just have the fish jump in the boats or levitate the nets into the boats? If He did all this then the men would have no part in the harvest. Christ does the work and performs the miracles and then He graciously allows us to harvest the prosperity of His work. He graciously allows us to participate.
Upon seeing the miracle Peter fell down at the Lord's feet and begged Him to leave as he was a sinner and not worthy to be in such a man's presence, to which the Lord replied, "Do not fear, from now on you will be catching men." The revelation of the miraculous work of the Lord will cause all of us to question our worthiness to take part in the harvest. Since He did such work, who am I to reap the harvest when I have contributed nothing. Do not fear, for this is our God who is gracious and loving beyond the ways of the world as far as the heavens are above the earth. It gives Him pleasure to see His children harvesting from His labor.
Every believer will exhibit the glory of God to their potential maximum in their resurrection bodies.
1CO 15:39 All flesh is not the same flesh, but there is one flesh of men, and another flesh of beasts, and another flesh of birds, and another of fish.
1CO 15:40 There are also heavenly bodies and earthly bodies, but the glory of the heavenly is one, and the glory of the earthly is another.
1CO 15:41 There is one glory of the sun, and another glory of the moon, and another glory of the stars; for star differs from star in glory.
1CO 15:42 So also is the resurrection of the dead. It is sown a perishable body, it is raised an imperishable body;
1CO 15:43 it is sown in dishonor, it is raised in glory; it is sown in weakness, it is raised in power;
1CO 15:44 it is sown a natural body, it is raised a spiritual body.
COL 3:4 When Christ, who is our life, is revealed, then you also will be revealed with Him in glory.
The faithfulness of God is a part of His glory. When we Amen His promises we share in that glory.
2CO 1:20 For as many as may be the promises of God, in Him they are yes; wherefore also by Him is our Amen to the glory of God through us.
Amen is transliterated from Hebrew into both Greek and English. So then its meaning can be more accurately derived from how it is used in the OT. Putting these passages together we can conclude:
'Amen' said by God = 'it is and shall be so.'
Said by men = 'so let it be.'
Once, REV 3:14, it is used as a title for Christ since through Him the purposes of God are established. When our Lord used the word it is interpreted as "of a truth". He stated this when He gave revelation and repeated the term, "Amen Amen" or "Verily Verily" to emphasize an important truth. God is faithful and "it shall be so." We are to be faithful, "so let it be."
Proper missionary work brings the tremendous glory of Jesus Christ to others and that honors the Lord.
2CO 8:18 And we have sent along with him the brother whose fame in the things of the gospel has spread through all the churches [might be Luke but we cannot tell];
2CO 8:19 and not only this, but he has also been appointed by the churches to travel with us in this gracious work, which is being administered by us for the glory of the Lord Himself, and to show our readiness,
2CO 8:20 taking precaution that no one should discredit us in our administration of this generous gift;
Believers are predestined as sons so that they will praise His glory through understanding the gracious gifts that are given.
EPH 1:4 In love
EPH 1:5 He predestined us to adoption as sons through Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the kind intention of His will,
EPH 1:6 to the praise of the glory of His grace, which He freely bestowed on us in the Beloved.
His divine power has granted to us everything pertaining to life and godliness, through the true knowledge of Him who called us by His own glory and excellence.
Believers who understand their inheritance in Christ praise the glory of the gracious gifts that the Father has given.
EPH 1:11 In Him also we have obtained an inheritance, having been predestined according to His purpose who works all things after the counsel of His will,
EPH 1:12 to the end that we who were the first to hope in Christ should be to the praise of His glory.
EPH 1:13 In Him, you also, after listening to the message of truth, the gospel of your salvation — having also believed, you were sealed in Him with the Holy Spirit of promise,
EPH 1:14 who is given as a pledge of our inheritance, with a view to the redemption of God's own possession, to the praise of His glory.
Handling our tribulations through the power of God reveals the glory of the Lord to others, since He did so to the maximum.
EPH 3:13 Therefore I ask you not to lose heart at my tribulations on your behalf, for they are your glory.
1PE 1:3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to His great mercy has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead,
1PE 1:4 to obtain an inheritance which is imperishable and undefiled and will not fade away, reserved in heaven for you,
1PE 1:5 who are protected by the power of God through faith for a salvation ready to be revealed in the last time.
1PE 1:6 In this you greatly rejoice, even though now for a little while, if necessary, you have been distressed by various trials,
1PE 1:7 that the proof of your faith, being more precious than gold which is perishable, even though tested by fire, may be found to result in praise and glory and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ;
1PE 1:8 and though you have not seen Him, you love Him, and though you do not see Him now, but believe in Him, you greatly rejoice with joy inexpressible and full of glory,
1PE 1:9 obtaining as the outcome of your faith the salvation of your souls.
The Church was commissioned with revealing His glory to the world.
EPH 3:20 Now to Him who is able to do exceeding abundantly beyond all that we ask or think, according to the power that works within us,
EPH 3:21 to Him be the glory in the church and in Christ Jesus to all generations forever and ever. Amen.