What Is The Glory That Jesus Gives Us in John 17? Answer: The Holy Spirit

The Aquila Report | 6/21/2019 | Staff
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What does this mean? And to complicate things, how does this fit with Isaiah 42:8 which reads, “my glory I give to no other”? The answer requires paying close attention to the argument of John, the order of redemptive history, and reflecting theologically on the meaning of both. I argue that “glory” in John 17 means “Holy Spirit.”

In John 17, Jesus promises to share the Father’s glory (that he too possesses) with his disciples. He prays, “The glory that you have given me I have given to them, that they may be one even as we are one” (John 17:22).

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What does this mean? And to complicate things, how does this fit with Isaiah 42:8 which reads, “my glory I give to no other”?

The answer requires paying close attention to the argument of John, the order of redemptive history, and reflecting theologically on the meaning of both. I argue that “glory” in John 17 means “Holy Spirit.”

Argument - Augment - Gregory - Nyssa - Argument

To make this argument, I will outline, augment, and strengthen Gregory of Nyssa’s (335–395) argument for this position in his letter: “On ‘Then Also the Son Himself Will Be Subjected to the One Who Subjected All things to Him.’”

When Jesus is glorified, he will share that same glorification with us. John clarifies Jesus’ words about living waters by explaining: “Now this he said about the Spirit, whom those who believed in him were to receive, for as yet the Spirit had not been given, because Jesus was not yet glorified” (John 7:39).

Order - Believers - Holy - Spirit - Jesus

The order here is important. Believers will receive the Holy Spirit after Jesus is glorified. The connection between Spirit and glory here seems strong. After his resurrection, Jesus breathed on the disciples and said: “Receive the Holy Spirit” (John 20:22; Gregory, “Be Subjected” §21). After this precursor of the gift, the full gifting of...
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