And the glory which thou gavest me I have given them; that they may be one, even as we are one: John 17:22 King James Version
Have you ever heard a preacher or minister say that, “God gets ALL the GLORY.” Perhaps it was said using scriptures like, “God will not give His Glory to another.” I am sure you have. These well meaning (in most cases) ministers unfortunately have taken an Old Testament scripture or law and applied it to themselves and you causing you to deny what Jesus Himself said He has given to you.There is a big difference between Old Testament believers and New Testament believers in terms of rights and privileges. This denial of rights, benefits and inheritance happens in churches all over the world to thousands if not millions of believers. How does this happen? By allowing someone other than Jesus to tell you what He is saying to you and has given to you. As much as I hate to say it in some cases it is a deliberate act in an effort to keep church members in check and from becoming prideful. But this is not what The Father or Jesus planned for you. The Word of God tells us what to do to prevent things like this from happening.
Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth. 2 Timothy 2;15 King James Version
Notice The Word says “Study to shew yourself approved..” It did not say let the preacher do your studying for you. Guess what, preachers are also human beings. They make mistakes. And when it comes to your life and your family, you do not desire and God does not desire for you to live in years of error because of wrong doctrine or a misstep by a well intending man or woman of God or the enemy. I am going to let you in on a secret you may or may not know. Your Pastor was never designed or intended to be your primary source of receiving and being taught the Word. No God loves you far too much for that. That’s why He gave you the Holy Spirit.
“But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all that I (JESUS) said to you.” John 14:26 New American Standard Bible
“But you have received the Holy Spirit, and he lives within you, so you don’t need anyone to teach you what is true. For the Spirit teaches you everything you need to know, and what he teaches is true–it is not a lie. So just as he has taught you, remain in fellowship with Christ”. I John 2:27 New Living Translation
This by no means is to say we don’t need preachers. The Word says, “How can they hear without a preacher?” But The Word makes it clear that The Holy Spirit is your primary Teacher through and by The Word and what He says is ALWAYS TRUE and IT IS NOT A LIE or mistake or error. The Word also instructs us that what He teaches us we are to abide or remain in that Truth with Christ. Now just so you don’t think I have gotten off my topic of glory, lets look at something. If God our Father says, “Here I want you to have this and then a man or woman or a preacher says, “No, that is only for God.” Wouldn’t you agree that someone is wrong? Both can’t be right. And I am here to tell you the wrong party is not God the Father. By denying the Glory that Jesus died and prayed to the Father to give us, this is part of the reason we do not see a lot of manifestations of the Glory especially here in the U.S.
Imagine having Jesus say, “Here is My Glory, the very same Glory the Father gave to Me, I want you to have it because without it you wont be able to be JUST LIKE ME. Then the person to whom He offers it to says, “Oh no Lord, thats all for You. I don’t want any of that, thats all Yours Jesus.” Lets look at the scripture again. What is the reason Jesus says He is giving us the same glory the Father has given to Him?
“And the glory which thou gavest me I have given them; that they may be one, even as we are one:” John 17:22 King James Version
Let’s say I am a billionaire and I have one billion dollars cash and I came to you and said “You know what? I want you to have everything I have, I want us to be ONE” The only way for us to really be ONE is for me to give you $500 million dollars. Now I have $500 million and you have $500 million. I don’t have more than you have, we have the same. This is what The Father sent Jesus to die for to give us equal standing as a son or daughter of God, not a lesser standing than Jesus but THE SAME!. God the Father and God the Son and The Holy Spirit are all ONE. Jesus even goes further about the glory and the Oneness.
I in them, and thou in me, that they may be made perfect in one; and that the world may know that thou hast sent me, and hast loved them, as thou hast loved me. John 17:23 King James Version
If God does not love you any less than Jesus then why would He give you less than Jesus? Simple answer is: HE WOULD NOT and HE DID NOT!!! He loves you the same as Jesus and has made you joint heir. Joint means that you divide the inheritance equally, you both get the same things and same amount. And since your eternal inheritance is yours through the finished work of Christ that means that inheritance is yours RIGHT NOW!!! A person does not get an inheritance until the person they get it from or through dies. Jesus has already died(and has been resurrected), so there is no waiting until you get to Glory or Heaven. The inheritance is yours right here and right now. So since glory means kavod in Hebrew in the Old Testament which is weight or to be weighty and doxa in the New Testament which in Greek means honor, renown; glory, an especially divine quality, the unspoken manifestation of God, splendor, you must know you have weight with God and He has crowned you right now with glory, honor and splendor. So don’t refuse what God through Jesus has freely offered you. Say, “Lord I receive the glory that you have given me!”, and watch manifestations of glory begin to become a regular occurrence in your life and family as you do this in faith and trust. Miracles are a manifestation of God’s glory. You are a miracle!!!! Know it and TAKE IT!!!! The word receive in the Greek is the word lambano. It means to take.
All the “blessed” to you!!! Shalom!