Whom should we glorify?
This question is not about saying “glory to God!”; it’s not about to whom we should just say “Glory to You!”… The issue is much deeper than this. In the beginning, God created us to His Glory, and when He saw us lost in our sins He finished the work of Salvation to His Glory. The whole creation glorifies God (cf. Psalm 19:1, Isaiah 43:20, Luke 2:14), and the purpose of our life is to glorify God and not any creature (cf. 1 Corinthians 10:31). God’s Word calls the whole creation to give Glory to God (cf. Psalm 148, Psalm 150:6). All was created for God (“for Him”, as we will see), so our creation and our Salvation are to His Glory; we should give God Glory for our creation and for our Salvation. And the interesting part is that God will not give His Glory to any creature, and He commands us not to give His Glory to anyone else (cf. Exodus 20:3-6, Exodus 34:14)…
So the question is: Whom should we glorify?
And the answer is: God.
Let’s see how God’s Word answers this question:
Question 1: Whom should we glorify?
The answer of God’s Word:
God does not give His Glory to another: “I am Jehovah, that is my name; and my glory will I not give to another, neither my praise to graven images.” (Isaiah 42:8); “For mine own sake, for mine own sake, will I do [it]; for how should [my name] be profaned? and I will not give my glory unto another.” (Isaiah 48:11).
All should honor the Son even as they honor the Father: “that all may honour the Son, even as they honour the Father. He who honours not the Son, honours not the Father who has sent him.” (John 5:23).
The Lamb (Jesus Christ) is given the Glory of God: “saying with a loud voice, Worthy is the Lamb that has been slain, to receive power, and riches, and wisdom, and strength, and honour, and glory, and blessing. And every creature which is in the heaven and upon the earth and under the earth, and [those that are] upon the sea, and all things in them, heard I saying, To him that sits upon the throne, and to the Lamb, blessing, and honour, and glory, and might, to the ages of ages. And the four living creatures said, Amen; and the elders fell down and did homage.” (Revelation 5:12-14).
Jesus Christ has the very same Glory of God: “awaiting the blessed hope and appearing of the glory of our great God and Saviour Jesus Christ; who gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all lawlessness, and purify to himself a peculiar people, zealous for good works.” (Titus 2:13-14).
Jesus Christ is the Lord of Glory: “the wisdom which none of the rulers of this age has understood; for if they had understood it they would not have crucified the Lord of glory“ (1 Corinthians 2:8); “My brethren, do not have the faith of our Lord Jesus Christ, [Lord] of glory, with respect of persons” (James 2:1)
This Lord of Glory or King of Glory is God: “Lift up your heads, ye gates, and be ye lifted up, ye everlasting doors, and the King of glory shall come in. Who is this King of glory? Jehovah strong and mighty, Jehovah mighty in battle.” (Psalm 24:7-8)
Isaiah saw the Glory of Jesus Christ: “But though he [i.e. Jesus] had done so many signs before them, they believed not on him, that the word of the prophet Esaias which he said might be fulfilled, Lord, who has believed our report? and to whom has the arm of the Lord been revealed? On this account they could not believe, because Esaias said again, He has blinded their eyes and hardened their heart, that they may not see with their eyes, and understand with their heart and be converted, and I should heal them. These things said Esaias because he saw his glory and spoke of him.” (John 12:37-41)
Indeed, Isaiah saw the Glory of God: “In the year of the death of king Uzziah, I saw the Lord sitting upon a throne, high and lifted up; and his train filled the temple. Seraphim were standing above him: each had six wings; with twain he covered his face, and with twain he covered his feet, and with twain he flew. And one called to the other and said, Holy, holy, holy is Jehovah of hosts; the whole earth is full of his glory! And the foundations of the thresholds shook at the voice of him that cried, and the house was filled with smoke. And I said, Woe unto me! for I am undone; for I am a man of unclean lips, and I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips: for mine eyes have seen the King, Jehovah of hosts.” (Isaiah 6:1-5)
The whole Glory should be given to God, because all was created for Him: “O depth of riches both of [the] wisdom and knowledge of God! how unsearchable his judgments, and untraceable his ways! For who has known [the] mind of [the] Lord, or who has been his counsellor? or who has first given to him, and it shall be rendered to him? For of him, and through him, and for him [are] all things: to him be glory for ever. Amen.” (Romans 11:33-36); “yet to us [there is] one God, the Father, of whom all things, and we for him; and one Lord, Jesus Christ, by whom [are] all things, and we by him.” (1 Corinthians 8:6); “Thou art worthy, O our Lord and [our] God, to receive glory and honour and power; for thou hast created all things, and for thy will they were, and they have been created.” (Revelation 4:11)
Indeed, all was created for Jesus Christ: “who has delivered us from the authority of darkness, and translated [us] into the kingdom of the Son of his love: in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins; who is image of the invisible God, firstborn of all creation; because by him were created all things, the things in the heavens and the things upon the earth, the visible and the invisible, whether thrones, or lordships, or principalities, or authorities: all things have been created by him and for him.” (Colossians 1:13-16)
According to Isaiah 42:8 and 48:11, God does not give His Glory to another; and we see that the Lord Jesus Christ is given the Glory of God in John 5:23 and Revelation 5:12-14 and Titus 2:13-14; so the Lord Jesus Christ is not another God besides God, but He is the same God; He is the Lord of Glory, Jehovah, whose Glory Isaiah saw and spoke of Him. Indeed, the whole Glory is to be given to the Lord Jesus Christ who is God, because all things were created by Him and for Him. So the Lord Jesus Christ is God, i.e. God the Son.