Jesus brings glory to His Father. Jesus shows me how stunning and amazing God is. There is no one like Him. Jesus Himself reflects the beauty of God.
The glory of God is the beauty of His spirit. It is not an aesthetic beauty or a material beauty, but it is the beauty that emanates from His character, from all that He is.
James 1:10 calls on a rich man to “glory in his humiliation,” indicating a glory that does not mean riches or power or material beauty. This glory can crown man or fill the earth. It is seen within man and in the earth, but it is not of them; it is of God.
The glory of man is the beauty of man’s spirit, which is fallible and eventually passes away, and is therefore humiliating—as the verse tells us.
But the glory of God, which is manifested in all His attributes together, never passes away. It is eternal.
Jesus the Messiah’s radiance and splendor reflects the glory of the Father, and is both revealed to and reflected in the lives of believers.
- John 14:13 (NASB) — “Whatever you ask in My name, that will I do, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son.”
- John 13:31 — 31 Therefore when he had gone out, Jesus said, “Now is the Son of Man glorified, and God is glorified in Him.”
- John 17:1 — 1 Jesus spoke these things; and lifting up His eyes to heaven, He said, “Father, the hour has come; glorify Your Son, that the Son may glorify You,”
- John 17:4 — 4 “I glorified You on the earth, having accomplished the work which You have given Me to do.
- Romans 16:27 — 27 to the only wise God, through Jesus the Messiah, be the glory forever. Amen.
- Ephesians 1:12 — 12 to the end that we who were the first to hope in the Messiah would be to the praise of His glory.
- Jude 25 — 25 To the only God our Savior, through Jesus the Messiah our Master, be glory, majesty, dominion and authority, before all time and now and forever. Amen.