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John 17:3: Glorifying the Father

There are groups that claim to be Christian but deny the idea that Jesus is God. For instance, the Jehovah’s Witnesses use this verse to explain how the Father, not Jesus, is the “only true God.”  Yet the rest of this passage shows how Jesus believed He was a member of the Trinity. In verse 5, Jesus asks God to “glorify Me in Your presence with that glory I had with You before the world existed.” In fact, as the third person in the Trinity, Jesus is credited with creating all things (John 1:3; Col 1:15-17). And since God says in Is 48:11 that He will “not give My glory to another,” it would seem strange for Jesus to claim glory for Himself if He really was not God. It also would not make sense in the previous chapter (John 16:14) for Jesus to promise the Holy Spirit, whose purpose was to glorify Jesus. Finally, it should be pointed out that glorifying Jesus ultimately means that God Himself receives the glory (Phil 2:5-11; 1 Pet 4:11).

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