Verse-by-Verse Bible Commentary

John 17:22

The glory which You have given Me I have given to them, that they may be one, just as We are one;
New American Standard Version

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Concordances:
Nave's Topical Bible - Church;   Fellowship;   Gifts from God;   Glory;   Heaven;   Jesus Continued;   Prayer;   Righteous;   Thompson Chain Reference - Ask;   Believers;   Christ;   Christ's;   Church;   Family;   Importunity;   Oneness with the Father;   Prayer;   Secret Prayer;   United Prayer;   Unwise Prayers;   Wicked, the;   The Topic Concordance - Belief;   Declaration;   Giving and Gifts;   Glory;   Jesus Christ;   Knowledge;   Love;   Manifestation;   Sending and Those Sent;   Unity;   Torrey's Topical Textbook - Divisions;   Excellency and Glory of Christ, the;   Gifts of God, the;   Glory;   Prayer, Intercessory;  
Dictionaries:
Bridgeway Bible Dictionary - Fellowship;   Glory;   Love;   Nation;   Prayer;   Priest;   Baker Evangelical Dictionary of Biblical Theology - Mediator, Mediation;   Spirituality;   Union with Christ;   Charles Buck Theological Dictionary - Commentary;   Covenant;   Intercession of Christ;   Pre-Existence of Jesus Christ;   Predestination;   CARM Theological Dictionary - Hypostatic union;   Fausset Bible Dictionary - Dew;   Holman Bible Dictionary - Children (Sons) of God;   John, the Gospel of;   Unity;   Hastings' Dictionary of the Bible - Children (Sons) of God;   Ephesians, Epistle to;   Glory;   John, Theology of;   Love, Lover, Lovely, Beloved;   Prayer;   Hastings' Dictionary of the New Testament - Character;   Church (2);   Comfort (2);   Communion (2);   Dependence;   Example;   Force;   Glory (2);   Heaven;   Ideas (Leading);   Impotence;   Love (2);   Mediator;   Obedience (2);   Oneness;   Power;   Prayer (2);   Presence (2);   Teaching of Jesus;   Union;   Unity (2);   Morrish Bible Dictionary - Ascension;   Glory;   Heir;   Jasper,;   The Hawker's Poor Man's Concordance And Dictionary - Body;  
Encyclopedias:
Condensed Biblical Cyclopedia - Jesus of Nazareth;   International Standard Bible Encyclopedia - Glory;   Person of Christ;   Trinity;  
Devotionals:
Daily Light on the Daily Path - Devotion for November 27;   Every Day Light - Devotion for October 10;  

Adam Clarke Commentary

And the glory which thou gavest me I have given them - That is, the power to work miracles, and to preach unadulterated truth, say some; but as our Lord is not here praying for the disciples, but for all those who should believe on him through their word, John 17:20, it is more natural to understand the passage thus. As Christ, according to his human nature, is termed the Son of God, he may be understood as saying: "I have communicated to all those who believe, or shall believe in me, the glorious privilege of becoming sons of God; that, being all adopted children of the same Father, they may abide in peace, love, and unity." For this reason it is said, Hebrews 2:11, Christ is not ashamed to call them brethren. However, our Lord may here, as in several other places, be using the past for the future; and the words may therefore be understood of the glory which they were to share with him in heaven.

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Albert Barnes' Notes on the Whole Bible

And the glory … - The honor which thou hast conferred on me by admitting me to union with thee, the same honor I have conferred on them by admitting them to like union with me.

May be one, even as we are one - Not in nature, or in the mode of existence - for this was not the subject of discourse, and would be impossible - but in feeling, in principle, in purpose. Evincing, as the Father and the Son had always done, the same great aim and plan; not pursuing different interests, or counteracting each other‘s purposes, or forming parties, but seeking the same ends by the same means. This is the union between the Father and the Son. Always, in the creation, preservation, and redemption of the world, the Father and the Son have sought the same object, and this is to be the model on which Christians should act.

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Barnes, Albert. "Commentary on John 17:22". "Barnes' Notes on the Whole Bible". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/bnb/john-17.html. 1870.

Coffman Commentaries on the Bible

And the glory which thou hast given me I have given unto them; that they may be one, even as we are.

Not the apostles only, but all Christians, partake of the glory of God from Christ. They are partakers of his holiness (Hebrews 12:10), "partakers of the divine nature" (2 Peter 1:4), and have received the reconciliation (Romans 5:11).

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Coffman, James Burton. "Commentary on John 17:22". "Coffman Commentaries on the Bible". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/bcc/john-17.html. Abilene Christian University Press, Abilene, Texas, USA. 1983-1999.

John Gill's Exposition of the Whole Bible

And the glory which thou gavest me,.... Not the glory of his deity; this is the same with his Father, what he has in right of nature, and not by gift; nor can it be communicated to creatures; this would be to make them one in the Godhead, as the three are one, which is not the design of the expression in the close of the verse: nor his mediatorial glory, which he had with the Father before the world began; this indeed was given him by the Father, but is not given to the saints: nor the glory, of working miracles; which glory Christ had, and which, as man, he had from the Father, and in which his own glory was manifested; this he gave to his disciples; but all that are his have not had it, and some have had it who are none of his: rather the Gospel is meant, which is glorious in its author, matter and subject, in its doctrines, in the blessing: grace it reveals, and promises it contains, and in the efficacy and usefulness of it to the souls of men. This was given to Christ, and he gave it to his disciples:

I have given them; as he did the words that were given to him, John 17:8,

that they may be one, even as we are one; for the Gospel was given to the apostles, and still is to the ministers of it, to bring men to the unity of the faith, for the perfecting of the saints, and the edifying of the body of Christ: or else the fulness both of grace and glory, which is in Christ's hands for his people, is here designed. This is one considerable branch of the glory of Christ, as Mediator, to be full of grace and truth; this was given him by the Father, and is what he communicates to his; even the Spirit, and all sorts of grace, and every supply of it; and which greatly contributes to the union of the saints among themselves: yea, eternal happiness is often signified by glory; and this is given to Christ; he has it in his hands to give to others; and he does give it, a view of it, a right unto it, a meetness for it, a pledge of it, some foretastes of it, and a kind of a possession of it; for the saints have it already, at least in him; and he will give them the actual enjoyment of it, and this in order to their consummate and perfect union together, as a glorious church without spot or wrinkle, or any such thing.

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Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible

And the glory which thou gavest — hast given.

me I have given them, that they may be one, even as we are one — The last clause shows the meaning of the first. It is not the future glory of the heavenly state, but the secret of that present unity just before spoken of; the glory, therefore, of the indwelling Spirit of Christ; the glory of an accepted state, of a holy character, of every grace.

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Jamieson, Robert, D.D.; Fausset, A. R.; Brown, David. "Commentary on John 17:22". "Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/jfb/john-17.html. 1871-8.

Robertson's Word Pictures in the New Testament

And the glory (καγω την δοχανkagō tēn doxan). Literally, “And I the glory,” with emphasis on “I.” It is the glory of the Incarnate Word (Bernard), cf. John 1:14; John 2:11, not the glory of the Eternal Word mentioned in John 17:24. Bengel says: Quanta majestas Christianorum! Then John 17:22 repeats the unity prayed for in John 17:21.

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Robertson, A.T. "Commentary on John 17:22". "Robertson's Word Pictures of the New Testament". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/rwp/john-17.html. Broadman Press 1932,33. Renewal 1960.

Wesley's Explanatory Notes

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

The glory which thou hast given me, I have given them — The glory of the only begotten shines in all the sons of God. How great is the majesty of Christians.

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The Fourfold Gospel

And the glory which thou hast given me I have given unto them1; that they may be one, even as we [are] one2;

  1. And the glory which thou hast given me I have given unto them. Jesus here states that to bring about the unity which he here prays for he has bestowed upon the disciples the glory which the Father had bestowed upon him. The glory mentioned was that of being the Son of God (Matthew 3:17; John 1:14; Hebrews 1:5; Hebrews 3:6), which glory Jesus imparts to his followers (John 1:12; 1 John 3:1).

  2. That they may be one, even as we [are] one. In other words, he made us his brethren that we might be united in one great household (Romans 8:29; Ephesians 1:10; Ephesians 2:19; 1 John 3:9,10; 1 John 4:8,16). A true comprehension of the Fatherhood of God and our brotherhood in Christ.

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J. W. McGarvey and Philip Y. Pendleton. "Commentary on John 17:22". "The Fourfold Gospel". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/tfg/john-17.html. Standard Publishing Company, Cincinnati, Ohio. 1914.

Calvin's Commentary on the Bible

И славу, которую Ты дал. Заметь, что во Христе нам дан совершенный пример блаженства. Он ничего не имеет Собственного, но богат для обогащения Своих верных. В этом и состоит наше блаженство – обновление и воссоздание в нас образа Божия, разрушенного грехом. Христос есть живой образ Отца не только потому, что является вечным Словом Божиим. И в человеческой природе Его, разделяемой с нами, отпечатлен образ божественной славы, дабы сообразовать с нею члены Его тела. Тому же учит Павел в 2Кор.3:18. Мы с открытым лицом созерцаем славу Божию, преобразуемся в тот же образ, словно от славы в славу. Откуда следует: никто не может числиться в учениках Христовых, если в нем не созерцается слава Божия, отпечатленная от образа Христова, словно от печатного оттиска. Сюда же относятся и следующие затем слова.

 

 

 

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James Nisbet's Church Pulpit Commentary

‘ONE WITH HIM’

‘The glory which Thou gavest me I have given them; that they may be one, even as We are one.’

John 17:22

The text points to our oneness and union with Christ, by which alone we derive an interest in Him and we are made partakers both in His grace and glory. Jesus hath given us—

I. The glory of—(a) Being brought within the covenant; (b) Redemption; (c) The Holy Ghost’s gifts and influences.

II. Look at it under two considerations:—(a) Put forth the faculties to calculate that glory which, if one of Christ’s redeemed people, you have in union with Him. (b) Jesus hath given present glory to all His redeemed in that communication which is constantly passing and repassing between Him and them.

III. What is our experience?—Do we partake of what is Christ’s? Our sorrows, our wants, our afflictions, are His care. Does He partake of what is ours? Our hearts, our lives must be His.

—Rev. Dr. Robert Hawker.

Illustration

‘Do not forget that of this oneness our Holy Communion is now the seal and pledge; and as we eat the bread and drink the wine we will not forget that they are the emblems of the Body and Blood of Jesus Christ; and that as they mingle with our natural body, so we receive Christ into our very being; and that as the bread and wine are the same in all, so is the one Christ in all. And that oneness, and the one Christ in all, is the cause of the assurance that we are one each with the other, that we may never be divided, that we shall be one through all eternity. Which sweet and holy oneness, may God, by His infinite mercy, grant to us for His dear sake.

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John Trapp Complete Commentary

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

Ver. 22. And the glory which thou, &c.] That is, the grace, which is glory begun, as glory is grace perfected; we are here "transformed into the same image from glory to glory," 2 Corinthians 3:18; "and set together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus," Ephesians 2:6; "Such honour have all his saints." Such things are found in them as do accompany or comprehend salvation, Hebrews 6:9, εχομενα, τουτ εστι κατεχομενα. Scholiast.

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Expository Notes with Practical Observations on the New Testament

Here observe, 1. Christ's communication of that glory to believers, which he had received of the Father; that is, not his essential glory, but his mediatorial glory: The glory which thou gavest me. Now Christ hath no glory given him as God, but much glory bestowed upon him as Mediator.

Observe, 2. The end of this communication,why he gave his disciples that glory which the Father had given him; namely, that they might be one.

Learn, 1. That God the Father had bestowed much glory on Christ his Son, as he is Man, and Mediator of the church.

2. That the same glory for kind and substance, though not for measure and degree, which Christ as Mediator has received from the Father, is communicated to true believers.

3. That the great end of this communication was, and is, to oblige and enable his people to maintain a very strict union among themselves; The glory which thou gavest me, I have given them, that they may be one, even as we are one.

4. That unity amongst believers is part of that glory which Christ as Mediator hath obtained for them.

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Charles Simeon's Horae Homileticae

DISCOURSE: 1715

THE GLORY WHICH CHRIST GIVES TO HIS PEOPLE

John 17:22. The glory which thou gavest me I hare given them.

THE dignity of human nature is a favourite subject with many: nor, if man be considered in his primeval state, can it be estimated too highly. But man is a fallen creature, and reduced to the most abject condition. The Scriptures speak of him in the most humiliating terms: nevertheless, through the grace of the Gospel, he is restored to his primitive honours: he in some respects is elevated even above the angels of heaven. No words can express his dignity more fully than those of the text. Do we inquire what that glory is which the Father gave to Christ, and Christ gives to his Church and people?

We will specify it in five particulars:

I. The glory of manifesting the Divine power—

Angels have been used as instruments of Divine power both for the preservation and destruction of mankind; but it is peculiar to Christ and his people to manifest the Divine power in conflicts with their enemies.

Christ had this glory given him—

[He had innumerable enemies, both men and devils [Note: Psalms 2:2. Luke 22:53.]; but he conquered sin, Satan, death, and hell [Note: Colossians 2:15. Ephesians 4:8.]. This he did through the support and influence of his Father [Note: Isaiah 42:1.].]

This glory has Christ given us—

[His people are in a state of warfare [Note: Ephesians 6:12.]: but the very weakest of them triumph at last through Christ [Note: Romans 8:37.]. Paul acknowledges this to the praise of his Divine Master [Note: 2 Corinthians 12:9.].]

II. The glory of displaying the moral perfections of the Deity—

The material world displays the natural perfections of God; but not even the angels in heaven can set forth all his moral perfections—

[Never having been injured, they cannot exercise mercy, forbearance, love of enemies.]

This is the peculiar prerogative of Christ—

[Christ manifested the most wonderful compassion [Note: Luke 19:41; Luke 23:34; Luke 24:47.]. In so doing he displayed the Father’s perfections [Note: John 14:9.]. This honour he himself received of the Father [Note: John 14:10.].]

His people however are made to share this glory with him—

[They, as stars in their several spheres, reflect the beams of the Sun of Righteousness. How strongly was his character delineated in the life of Paul and in the death of Stephen! Every one of them endeavours to “walk as he walked.” They are enabled to do this by Christ himself [Note: Philippians 4:13.].]

III. The glory of being sons of God—

The angels are sometimes called sons of God; but they bear this relation to him only as creatures.

Christ has this honour in an infinitely higher sense [Note: Hebrews 1:5.]—

[Christ is the Son of God both in his divine and human nature. He is emphatically called by the Apostle “God’s dear Son [Note: Colossians 1:13.].”]

The same honour has Christ conferred on us—

[Every believer is brought into this relation to God [Note: 2 Corinthians 6:18.]. This astonishing mercy may well excite wonder and admiration [Note: 1 John 3:1.]. It is bestowed on the believer by Christ himself [Note: John 1:12.],]

IV. The glory of being united to God—

The Scriptures often speak of the union that subsists between Christ and the Father—

[Our Lord himself affirmed that he and the Father were one [Note: John 10:30.]. St. Paul declares that all the fulness of the Godhead dwelt in Christ [Note: Colossians 2:9.]. What our Lord did as man, is attributed to him as God [Note: Acts 20:28.].]

A similar, though not the same, union subsists between Christ and his people.

[Our Lord represents them as branches of the living vine [Note: John 15:1.]: he compares their union with him to his with the Father [Note: John 17:21.]: he declares not only that he himself is the author of this union, but that it is a part of that glory which he has given us [Note: ver. 22, 23.].]

V. The glory of reigning with God—

Both the good and evil angels are called principalities and powers, but they are never said to “reign” with God.

Our Lord however has received this honour of his Father—

[All power in heaven and in earth is committed to him [Note: Matthew 28:18.]. He is exalted far above all principalities and powers [Note: Ephesians 1:20-21.]. It is decreed that every soul shall submit to Jesus [Note: Isaiah 45:23.].]

This honour also has Christ vouchsafed to his people—

[The victorious saints will exercise a kind of dominion over the ungodly at the last day [Note: Psalms 49:14. Revelation 2:26-27. Psalms 149:7-9.]: they will sit with Christ as assessors in judgment over men and devils [Note: 1 Corinthians 6:2-3.]: they have a kingdom appointed to them even now [Note: Luke 22:29.]: they will be formally invested with it at the last day: they will receive it as a special grant from Christ himself [Note: Revelation 3:21.].]

Infer—

1. What an exalted character is the true Christian!—

[Christians are despised by the unbelieving world: but the Scriptures describe their dignity in most exalted terms. How can we ever estimate aright the glory given them by their Lord! What glory can the earth afford in comparison of this! Let us not then act unworthy of this high character.]

2. How marvellous is Christ’s love to his people!—

[Every thing, which he himself has received of the Father, he gives to them: he even bought it with his blood, that he might bestow it upon them. How incomprehensible is this love! Let us entertain worthy conceptions of it: let us be constrained by it to love and serve him.]

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Johann Albrecht Bengel's Gnomon of the New Testament

John 17:22. δόξαν, the glory) The glory of the Only-begotten shines forth through the believing sons of God.— δέδωκα, I have given) Oh! how great is the majesty of Christians! I have given, already although secretly.

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Matthew Poole's English Annotations on the Holy Bible

By glory here some understand the heavenly glory; but then they must understand the oneness mentioned in the latter part of the verse, of the union which the saints shall have with Christ and his Father in glory, in another world. Others understand the Divine nature, of which the apostle in, 2 Peter 1:4, saith, believers are made partakers: this seemeth to come nearer, for the more men and women are made partakers of that, the more they will study the unity of the Spirit. Others understand the power of working miracles, by which Christ is said to have manifested his glory, John 2:11; and the effect of this power is called the glory of God, John 11:40. Others understand the preaching of the gospel, in which the ministration of the Spirit is glorious, 2 Corinthians 3:8; and the faithful ministers of the gospel are called the glory of Christ, 2 Corinthians 8:23.

That they may be one, even as we are one; our Saviour either again repeats his prayer, that they might be one; or else declareth that he had communicated his power, his glory to them, that they might be one, as be and his Father are one.

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Alexander MacLaren's Expositions of Holy Scripture

славу, которую Ты дал Мне Как поясняется в ст. 23 («Я в них»), здесь говорится об участии верующих во всех атрибутах и сущности Бога через постоянно пребывающее присутствие Духа Святого (ст. 10; ср. Кол. 1:27; 2Пет. 1:4).

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Justin Edwards' Family Bible New Testament

The glory; given him as a reward for his labors and sacrifices as Mediator.

I have given them; by participation and promise, in order to their complete and perfect union to him and one another, that the world might see the excellence of his religion, and be led to embrace it.

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Whedon's Commentary on the Bible

22.The glory which thou gavest me—The eternal celestial glory.

I have given them—It is in them even now, in various degrees, a spark, a slender flame, a beaming luminousness, destined to shine in eternal splendour in the celestial firmament. “Even the slightest glimmering of heavenly light which begins to shine out of the countenance of a justified publican, is an outbeaming of this glorification; and so is the still brighter angel-face of the crowned martyr at his trial.”—Stier.

May be one—For that glory has its source in a spark of divine love in the heart, and that love melts into one its various possessors, so that there is one love, one glory, one Church.

 

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Expository Notes of Dr. Thomas Constable

Jesus continued to explain the nature of the unity that He requested from His Father. In what sense do all believers share God"s glory? Jesus probably was speaking of His bringing the full knowledge of God to them. The revelation of God results in glory for God. When believers understand and believe the revelation of God that Jesus brought, they become partakers of that glory. This is something else they share in unity with one another that the Father and the Son also share with one another. Another view is that the glory in view refers to Jesus" work of redemption, but that subject is not as prominent in the context as the revelation of God.

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Schaff's Popular Commentary on the New Testament

John 17:22. And the glory which thou hast given me I have given them, that they may be one even as we are one. Jesus had prayed that all believers might be one as He and the Father were one. He now turns to what He Himself had done that He might effect this end. We have already seen that the ‘glory’ referred to is that of self-sacrificing love, brought out from amidst the taunts with which men met it when displayed in Jesus, and owned by the Father as the only true glory. Such a glory Jesus had given to His people that, in living fellowship with the Father and the Son, they may be one in Them. Not worldly honour or station, the favour of kings, the patronage of statesmen, or the wealth of nations, was their glory; but the gift to love, and to sacrifice themselves for the world’s good. Then in that love would they be one, even as the Father and the Son are one.

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The Expositor's Greek Testament

John 17:22. That the unity of believers in the Father and the Son might be perfect, it was needful that even the glory which Christ possessed by the Father’s gift (John 17:5) should be given to His people. The perfect tense is used, because the gift had already been determined. The nature of the glory spoken of is interpreted both by John 17:5 and by John 17:24. It could not be completely and actually bestowed until the point indicated in John 17:24 was reached.

 

 

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Nicol, W. Robertson, M.A., L.L.D. "Commentary on John 17:22". The Expositor's Greek Testament. https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/egt/john-17.html. 1897-1910.

George Haydock's Catholic Bible Commentary

The glory which thou gavest me, I have given to them. St. John Chrysostom expounds this of the power of working miracles: St. Augustine rather understands the glory of heaven, which he had given, prepared, and designed to give them in heaven. This seems to be the sense by the 24th verse, where he says, Father, I will that where I am, they also whom thou hast given me, may be with me. (Witham)

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E.W. Bullinger's Companion Bible Notes

gayest. Here the reading should be "hast given".

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Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible - Unabridged

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

And the glory which thou gavest ('hast given') me I have given them; that they may be one, even as we are one. This verse is to be viewed as the proper complement of the former one. Our Lord had prayed that those who believed on Him might be one, and one in the Unity of the Father and the Son. But what grounds were there for expecting such a thing, or rather, what materials existed for bringing it about? The answer to that question is what we have in the present verse. "In order," says Jesus, "that they may be one, even as We are one, I have given unto them the glory which Thou hast given unto Me." The glory, then, here meant is all that which Jesus received from the Father as the incarnate Redeemer and Head of His people-the glory of a perfect acceptance as the spotless Lamb-the glory of free access to the Father and the right to be heard always-the glory of the Spirit's indwelling and sanctification-the glory of divine support and victory over sin, death, and hell-the glory of finally inheriting all things. This glory, Jesus says not, 'I will give,' but "I have given them;" thus teaching us that this glory is the present heritage of all that believe, and the divine provision-the heaven-provided furniture-for their attaining even here to that exalted Unity among themselves which would stamp the mission of their Lord as divine even in the eyes of the world.

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Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers

(22) And the glory which thou gavest me (better, hast given Me) I have given them.—Comp. John 13:32, and in this chapter John 17:1; John 17:5; John 17:24. Here, as all through this Intercessory Prayer, the future which immediately grows out of the present is regarded as present; the fulness of the glory which awaits Him at His Father’s right hand is thought of as already given to Him; and the believers who have become, and will become, one with Him, to whom He has given eternal life (John 17:2), are thought of as sharers in it. It is the thought which is expanded by St. Paul when he speaks of the children being “heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ; if we suffer with Him to the end that we may be also glorified with Him” (Romans 8:17); and by St. John when he speaks of “children of God being like Him because we shall see Him as He is” (1 John 3:1-2). In the original the pronoun “I” is emphatically expressed. “The glory which Thou hast given Me,” our Lord’s words seem to mean, “I have on My part given to them. I have fulfilled the work which Thou hast given Me to do. I have made and declared an atonement between man and God. My work is done. I pray that Thou wouldst fulfil Thine own.”

That they may be one, even as we are one.—This is here expressed, in addition to the thought of the last verse, as the purpose for which He has given to them the glory which the Father has given Him. It is future in the union of the glory of heaven; it is present in the realisation of heaven now in those who have the one common hope of their calling.

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Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

And the glory which thou gavest me I have given them; that they may be one, even as we are one:
the glory
1:16; 15:18,19; 20:21-23; Mark 6:7; 16:17-20; Luke 22:30; Acts 5:41; Romans 15:15-20; 2 Corinthians 3:18; 5:20; 6:1; Ephesians 2:20; Philippians 1:29; Colossians 1:24; 2 Thessalonians 1:5-10; Revelation 21:14
that
14:20; 1 John 1:3; 3:24
Reciprocal: Psalm 21:5 - glory;  Jeremiah 30:19 - I will;  John 17:11 - that;  John 17:21 - they all;  Romans 8:29 - to be;  Romans 8:30 - he justified;  Colossians 1:27 - Christ;  2 Thessalonians 2:14 - to

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Ernst Hengstenberg on John, Revelation, Ecclesiastes, Ezekiel & Psalms

Ver. 22. "And the glory which Thou gavest Me I have given them; that they may be one, even as we are one."

The honour of the Son is to be one with the Father, who shares His nature with Him. From the Son this honour, consisting in unity, passes over to believers, who become one in this, that Christ lives in them. Galatians 2:20, Philippians 1:21; that they eat His flesh and drink His blood, ch. 6. Their unity among themselves is their glory, only inasmuch as it rests upon their unity with Christ. Unity enforced by despotic power and the arts of policy confers no glory.—"Whom Thou hast given Me," before the world was, ver. 5. For the honour of unity with the Father is the foundation of that collective heavenly condition spoken of there. Schmieder speaks otherwise: "The glory which the Father had given Jesus consists in this, that the Father had already appeared in the Son, and so appeared that the Son spoke words which the Father had given Him, and performed works which the Father wrought through Him, and which no other man could perform." It will be best, following J. Gerhard, to unite the two: "That beatific communion between the Father and the Son, and also between the Divine and the human nature in Christ." The second phase of giving honour, here has the first as its basis. That the first cannot be excluded, is evident from ἐν τῷ ὀνόματί σου ᾧ δέδωκάς μοι in ver. 11, with its allusion to Exodus 23:21.

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Calvin's Commentary on the Bible

22.And I have given to them the glory which thou gavest to me. Let it be observed here, that, while a pattern of perfect happiness was exhibited in Christ, he had nothing that belonged peculiarly to himself, but rather was rich, in order to enrich those who believed in him. Our happiness lies in having the image of God restored and formed anew in us, which was defaced by sin. Christ is not only the lively image of God, in so far as he is the eternal Word of God. but even on his human nature, which he has in common with us, the likeness of the glory of the Father has been engraved, so as to form his members to the resemblance of it. Paul also teaches us this, that

we all, with unveiled face, by beholding THE GLORY OF GOD, are changed into the same image,
(
2 Corinthians 3:18.)

Hence it follows, that no one ought to be reckoned among the disciples of Christ, unless we perceive the glory of God impressed on him, as with a seal, by the likeness of Christ. To the same purpose are the words which immediately follow:

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