Father, I desire that they also, whom you have given me, may be with me where I am, to see my glory that you have given me because you loved me before the foundation of the world. O righteous Father, even though the world does not know you, I know you, and these know that you have sent me. I made known to them your name, and I will continue to make it known, that the love with which you have loved me may be in them, and I in them.” Jn 17:23-26
“I made know to them your name, and I will continue to make it known, that the love with which you have loved me may be in them, and I in them.” God’s name, his glory and the love of Christ are all bound together. His love shines forth through Christ, who makes the glory of the Father known to a world who does not know him, or care to know him.
The glory of God, it isn’t the same as what man considers to be glory. Even when we think of God’s glory we tend to think of the things man finds glorious about God, rather than the things God find’s glorious about his Son. I think this is one of those problems I have most of all with reformed theologians. They are always worried about protecting God’s glory, more concerned with it than God himself seems to be concerned with it. It is always about his omnipotence, his omniscience, his infinite being, and his holiness that consumes sin like a burning fire, and the sinner too if He is not careful. And yet it is all this that the Son, Jesus Christ, counted for naught, “who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied himself, by taking the form of a servant” (Phi 2:6-7) Jesus threw it all away! He discarded it, emptied it that the glory of God might be revealed through him. The true glory of God, that thing that God himself glories in. And that which God glories in is his love for you. It is the love of God that is the key to his glory. And that love is shown in the death of his Son, who laid down his life for you. It was in this manner that Jesus makes the name of God known to the world, and continues to make it known even through the church. His love, that is the righteousness of God, and it is found in the blood of the lamb of God, poured out for you.