1 – John 17:3 (ESV) 3And this is eternal life, that they know you the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom you have sent.
RAF: This, is the great question isn’t it? Do we know Him? Do YOU know Him? Not simply – do you know God is? – everyone knows that, even those who deny it (Rom. 1:18-23). And not – do you merely have some acquaintance with Him? Nicodemus, the Rich Young Ruler and a thousand others could claim that. Not – do you have some true relationship to Him? Jesus’ unbelieving brothers were no different. Not – do you consider yourself His disciple? Judas was truly a disciple and one of His chosen apostles. Not – do you know Christ and His divinity? For the devils themselves know that much. To KNOW God in that it is eternal life, is to know Him such that the wretchedness of this world’s and your own sin are shameful, rebellious and completely “other”, and that He is so perfect and infinitely lovely in every way, that your heart longs after Him and seeks Him and delights in Him. Do you love Him so as to love nothing else as much? Do you know Him so that He captivates your heart and mind? Do you love Him with a constant longing to love Him more and to have others see Him and love Him too? Do you love Him so as to want to make His glories known? Do you know His glories such that every glimpse makes you want more? Do you know Him so that Heaven is to be with Him and to know Him fully? Do you know the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom He has sent – in mercy and grace to be the propitiation for your sins? Do you know Him?
2 – John 17:6 (ESV) 6“I have manifested your name to the people whom you gave me out of the world. Yours they were, and you gave them to me, and they have kept your word.
RAF: In this simple sentence, Jesus defines what it means to “glorify” God. And if we could grasp this, so much else in true religion would at once fall into its proper place. To glorify God, is to MANIFEST His name. In other words, to make Him known as He really is in His nature, character and disposition. Christ walked in perfect holiness. He made it plain for all to see what God’s holiness is, and what it is like to confront it and interact with it. How He hates lies, hypocrisy, greed, hatred, neglect of love, faithlessness, sin of all and every kind – and how He loves what is good, perfect, just, right, holy, sweet, kind, gentle, patient, upright, true, merciful, gracious and in accord with the God of light. God is light, and in Him is no darkness at all – 1 John 1:5. NO darkness at ALL. No defect. No sin. No taint of any kind. Nothing even hinting at evil, injustice, corruption, selfishness, foolishness, failure or error. Nothing that is not absolutely perfect, laudable, glorious, true, holy and desirable. This is how Christ was, how He lived on this earth. This is what He made known to us. That His Father, though infinitely holy and absolutely just, nevertheless was also infinitely merciful and full of grace and forgiveness. That His Father loved the fallen sons of Adam. That His Father would move Heaven and earth to make a way of reconciliation between Himself and lost men. That His Father took no delight in the perishing of the wicked. That His Father would not lose the race He had created, but by sovereign grace would save some of them even though none would seek Him on their own. That His Father would see to it this message of reconciliation was commanded to be preached throughout the world, that through His ambassadors, He would plead with men to come to Him. That His Father would bestow upon all who will believe – not only the forgiveness of sins, but the highest glories of Heaven in adopting them as Sons. That He was the Son, the only begotten Son of such a Father as this, and that to clear His Father’s name from every misunderstanding, calumny, slur, slander and accusation – He would show the Father’s love and how that love draws out such a return of infinite love, that He would give His own life to purchase the forgiveness that alone could save a wretch like me. This dear one is how our Savior glorified the Father. He made Him known. And this then is our great instructive in the same occupation. This is how we glorify God – we make Him known, especially in His mercy and grace – in Jesus Christ, and Him crucified. 1 Pet. 2:9-10.