Understanding my glory will I not give to another

Isaiah 42-8 I am the LORD: that is my name: and my glory will I not give to another, neither my praise to graven images.

This verse is often used to show that Jesus is God. 
God proclaims that he will not give HIS glory to anyone else.
Jesus asks God to give him the glory that he had with God before the world began.

John 17-5 And now, O Father, glorify thou me with thine own self with the glory which I had with thee before the world was.

As Jesus receives glory that God stated he will not give to another this must prove that Jesus is God,

Therefore Jesus must be God in order to receive the glory that God will not give to anyone else.

There are some problems with this understanding. The first is God states he will not give his glory to another not that he won’t share it with another (this will be important in understanding what is meant.) Then we have the context of Isaiah 42-8 . If we look at the preceding verses we will see that God isn’t actually saying he will not give his glory to anyone other than himself, that God keeps all the glory and doesn’t share it with anyone else. God is actually talking about Jesus (the Messiah) . God states he will not give his glory to anyone other than the Messiah. He will not share his glory with anyone OTHER than Jesus.

Isaiah 42-1 Behold my servant, whom I uphold; mine elect, in whom my soul delighteth; I have put my spirit upon him: he shall bring forth judgment to the Gentiles. 2He shall not cry, nor lift up, nor cause his voice to be heard in the street.
3A bruised reed shall he not break, and the smoking flax shall he not quench: he shall bring forth judgment unto truth.
4He shall not fail nor be discouraged, till he have set judgment in the earth: and the isles shall wait for his law.
5Thus saith God the LORD, he that created the heavens, and stretched them out; he that spread forth the earth, and that which cometh out of it; he that giveth breath unto the people upon it, and spirit to them that walk therein:
6I the LORD have called thee in righteousness, and will hold thine hand, and will keep thee, and give thee for a covenant of the people, for a light of the Gentiles;
7To open the blind eyes, to bring out the prisoners from the prison, and them that sit in darkness out of the prison house.

This is all about the Messiah. Then we have verse 8 

Isaiah 42-8 I am the LORD: that is my name: and my glory will I not give to another, neither my praise to graven images.

Gods glory wont not be shared but wont be shared with anyone else than the one he has stated he will share it with.

It is the Messiah and no other that God will actually share his glory with.

If I say to my girlfriend I wont give my love to another it doesn’t mean I wont give my love to her , I will keep it only for myself. It means to nobody else but her..in the context of the statement it is not being shared with anyone other than who is being referenced. The Messiah the one being referenced. The Messiah the one who God has said he will give his glory to and not give to anyone else.

Jesus asks that believers receive the same glory that he receives. If it is argued that Jesus must be God because God won’t give his glory to anyone other than himself, then Jesus being God and giving that same glory to all believers then this must prove that all believers are God just as Jesus is God.

John 17-20 Neither pray I for these alone, but for them also which shall believe on me through their word;

John 17-22 And the glory which thou gavest me I have given them; that they may be one, even as we are one:

Notice Jesus says “the Glory which thou GAVEST(gave) me”.

And the Bible states God shares that Glory with believers.

2 Thessalonians 2-14 Whereunto he called you by our gospel, to the obtaining of the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ.

1 Thessalonians 2-12 That ye would walk worthy of God, who hath called you unto his kingdom and glory.

1 Peter 5-10 But the God of all grace, who hath called us unto his eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after that ye have suffered a while, make you perfect, stablish, strengthen, settle you.

In another verse in Isaiah we are told again that God will not share his glory with anyone else. 

Isaiah 48-11 For mine own sake, even for mine own sake, will I do it: for how should my name be polluted? and I will not give my glory unto another.

But again in context God is not saying he keeps all the glory for himself rather he is directing the statement at Israel . God is stating he won’t give his glory to another other than Israel in the reference of the statement.

Isaiah 48-.1 Hear ye this, O house of Jacob, which are called by the name of Israel, and are come forth out of the waters of Judah, which swear by the name of the LORD, and make mention of the God of Israel, but not in truth, nor in righteousness.
2For they call themselves of the holy city, and stay themselves upon the God of Israel; The LORD of hosts is his name.
3I have declared the former things from the beginning; and they went forth out of my mouth, and I shewed them; I did them suddenly, and they came to pass.
4Because I knew that thou art obstinate, and thy neck is an iron sinew, and thy brow brass;
5I have even from the beginning declared it to thee; before it came to pass I shewed it thee: lest thou shouldest say, Mine idol hath done them, and my graven image, and my molten image, hath commanded them.
6Thou hast heard, see all this; and will not ye declare it? I have shewed thee new things from this time, even hidden things, and thou didst not know them.
7They are created now, and not from the beginning; even before the day when thou heardest them not; lest thou shouldest say, Behold, I knew them.
8Yea, thou heardest not; yea, thou knewest not; yea, from that time that thine ear was not opened: for I knew that thou wouldest deal very treacherously, and wast called a transgressor from the womb.
9For my name’s sake will I defer mine anger, and for my praise will I refrain for thee, that I cut thee not off.
10Behold, I have refined thee, but not with silver; I have chosen thee in the furnace of affliction.

Then the verse where God wont give his glory to anyone else

Isaiah 48-11 11For mine own sake, even for mine own sake, will I do it: for how should my name be polluted? and I will not give my glory unto another.

In the context of the passage his glory is being shared with nobody but Israel.

God does not keep his glory to himself. He never says I will not share it with anyone else he shares it with those who he declares he will share it and nobody else but those that he declares. He gives the glory to his son and through his son it is shared to all those that believe on him.


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