“And the glory which thou gavest me I have given them;
that they may be one, even as we are one..”
“Father, I will that they also whom thou hast given
me, be with me where I am; that they may behold my
glory, which thou hast given me: for thou lovedst me
before the foundation of the world.” John 17:22,24
“I will that they whom thou hast given me be with
me where I am.” There we are not only like Christ
(conformed to the Son, bearing the image of the
heavenly man before the eyes of the world), but
with Him where He is. Jesus desires that we should
see His glory. For He speaks here of given glory.
It is this which is so precious to us, because He has
acquired it by His sufferings for us, and yet it is what
was perfectly due to Him—the just reward for having,
in them [his sufferings], perfectly glorified the Father.
He had declared unto them [the disciples] the Father’s
name, and would declare it, even when He had gone up
on high, in order that the love wherewith the Father
had loved Him might be in them (that their hearts might
possess it in this world—what grace!) and Jesus Himself
in them, the communicator of that love…
For it is in the Son who declares it to us, that we know
the name of the Father whom He reveals to us. That
is, He would have us enjoy now that relationship in love
in which we shall see Him in heaven. The world will know
we have been loved as Jesus when we appear in the same
glory with Him; but our part is to know it now, Christ
being in us.” (J.N.Darby, Synopsis, Vol.3, pg. 518-520).
“Being found in fashion as a man, He humbled Himself,
and became obedient unto death, even the death of the
cross. Wherefore God also hath highly exalted Him and
given Him a name which is above every name.” Phil.2:8-9.
The Son of God came to die for our sins and when He
died as our substitute He took upon Himself all which
we deserved as guilty sinners—Then God, because He did
this work, righteously rewarded Him, because He and He
alone deserves a reward. This reward consists in glory.
Then our loving Lord gives the glory He deserves and He
received to all those who belong to Him. He makes His
own sharers of His acquired glory.
It is not difficult to find the acquired glory of our Lord in
The New Testament. It is sevenfold:
1) He received in resurrection the glory of Sonship, inasmuch
as He is the First begotten from among the dead. We share this
Sonship with Him and are sons of God in Him.
2) Then God made Him the heir of all things (Heb.1:2). [God]
made Him heir of all things as the head of the new creation.
(2 Cor. 5:17). And we are heirs of God and fellow-heirs of
3) God gave Him a glorious place for a reward. He seated Him
at His own right hand. The man in Glory is as near to God
and as dear to God as any Being can be. He holds a place
higher than the angels. In Him we are seated in the
heavenly places of Christ Jesus. (Eph.2:6).
4) He received as His reward a glorious name, “the name
which is above every other name.” And it is written
“I will give him a white stone, and in the stone a new name
written which no man knoweth saving he that receiveth it,”
the promise to the overcomer (Rev. 2:17). “And I will write
upon him My new name” (Rev. 3:12). “And they shall see
His face, and His name shall be in their foreheads” (Rev.22:4).
5) He received the glory of Priesthood, being constituted a priest
after the order of Mechisedec. And we are priests with Him.
(1 Peter 2:5,9).
6) He is made King of kings and God will give Him the promised
kingdom. The throne over all the earth is His and the nations
will yet be His inheritance. His own are to reign and rule with
7) Finally He received the glory of Judgeship. All judgment is
committed to Him. This also His own will share with Him,
for it is written “Do ye not know that the Saints shall judge the
world? Know ye not that we shall judge angels?” (1 Cor. 6:1,3).
Such are His acquired glories and our participation in them. The
consummation of all is not now but in that coming day of glory,
“when He is manifested we shall be manifested with Him in glory.”
It is the day in which He will come “in His own glory, and in His
Father’s, and of the holy angels” (Luke 9:26b). His own will be with
Him in that glory; they shine in His glory. “He cometh to be
glorified in His saints, and to be admired in all them that believed”
(2 Thess.1:10). Thus shall we be perfected in one, and the world
will then not be called upon to believe that the Father sent His Son,
but the world will know. Faith will be changed into sight. There
will be a glorious public display, when the Son brings many sons
to His glory. “Father I will that they also, whom Thou hast given Me,
be with Me where I am; that they may behold My glory, for Thou
lovedst Me before the foundation of the world.” John 17: 24
(The Gospel of John, pg.332-334, Arno C. Gaebelein)