The Doctrine of God

John 7:17-18.

If any man will do His will, he shall know of the doctrine, whether it be of God, or whether I speak of Myself.

He that speaketh of himself seeketh his own glory: but he that seeketh His glory that sent Him, the same is true, and no unrighteousness is in Him.

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The people had questioned how Jesus knew the scriptures, since He had never been formally taught. His response was that He was speaking not His own doctrine, but that of the Father Who had sent Him.

Now he goes on to tell his hearers that anyone who is seeking the will of God will know that the words Jesus speaks are God’s words, or if He is simply speaking of Himself, to bring glory to Himself.

Anyone who speaks of himself in such a setting is seeking his own glory. But Jesus’ whole purpose in coming to earth had been to do the will of the Father, and to bring all glory to His Name. Jesus was not on a self-promotion tour. Everything He said and did was in obedience to His Father.

He told the people that anyone who seeks the Father’s glory, that person is speaking truth, and there is no unrighteousness in him at all.

As we continue through this amazing gospel, and in reading the other three gospels, we hear Jesus teaching in a variety of ways. He uses parables. He uses scripture. But He never says or does anything without the purpose of giving the Father all the glory. Even when He says that He is the living Bread, the Water of Life, He is not pointing to His own greatness but to the greatness of the Father in His purpose of sending down salvation through the Son. Jesus was humble, not self-seeking.

Anyone who has the immense privilege of teaching or preaching God’s Word is wise to heed Jesus’ example. It’s fine to use a story from one’s own life if it brings attention and glory to God, and not to self. Jesus never demanded glory for Himself, but only for the Father.