Glory in the Gospel (John 17:1)

Glory – The manifestation of God’s holy goodness and greatness.

Kevin DeYoung: “The glory of God refers to his splendor, his majesty, his beauty, his weightiness, his gravitas, his wow, his awesomeness, his unbelievable-ness. [Thus] To glorify God means to honor God. When you glorify someone, you celebrate them, you give them honor… [To use street language] to glorify God is to make a big deal of God.”

Theme of Jesus’ prayer in John 17: It is a prayer for God’s glory to be made know in the accomplishing, outworking, and expansion of the Gospel. More simply, it is a prayer for glory in the Gospel.

Key idea (for John 17:1): Life and prayer must be defined and directed by the glory of God

Three truths to give us a greater vision of God’s glory:

1. God’s glory is about everyday life

  • 1 Corinthians 10:31 — So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.

2. God’s glory is about Gospel blessings

3. God’s glory is about a better story