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32 If God is glorified in Him, God will also glorify Him in Himself, and glorify Him immediately.


32 If God is glorified in Him,

The Father was glorified by what Jesus would do by the sacrifice of His human body on the cross. He is glorified by everything that Jesus represents.

God will also glorify Him in Himself [the Father],

As the Father would be glorified by Jesus’ death on the cross, so He would glorify Jesus “in Himself”—that is, in union with Himself. These glorifications were not merely reciprocal; neither were they two independent glorifications. The two glorifications constitute a unit. The unity of the Father and Son as one God is clear here (Jn 10:30; 17:21).

and glorify Him immediately.

The term “immediately” refers to the crucifixion, resurrection, and ascension within a very short time frame. Jesus went to the cross willingly because He knew it meant there could be such a thing as forgiveness of sins if He did. The Father would glorify Jesus because of what He did on the cross.


The Father and Son glorify each other by Jesus’ death on the cross.


The cross is the glory of Jesus and the Father because it is central to God’s plan of salvation. The Father is glorified by Jesus carrying out that plan because He is seen to be just in dealing with Himself. Jesus satisfied the just demands that God has on Himself that He remains consistent with His own righteousness.

What man deems a tragedy God views as victory, as the glorification of Himself. Jesus’ death may look like defeat to men, but it is in fact a point of glory to God.

The Father and Son glorify each other. Though they are two persons, they are one in essence. It is not possible to separate the unity of God.