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For my own sake, for my own sake, I do it, for how should my name be profaned? My glory I will not give to another.
God’s commitment to His glory is the gospel. It’s the best news ever! Paul referred to the gospel as “the gospel of the glory of Christ” (2 Cor. 4:4). In it we see His perfect righteousness and sacrificial death by which we’re saved—justifying, sanctifying, and glorifying us. Our salvation and His glory are synonymous!
When we consider the context of today’s verse, we read: “For my name’s sake I defer my anger, for the sake of my praise I restrain it for you, that I may not cut you off” (Isa. 48:9). While this was specifically addressed to the Jews, “All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness” (2 Tim. 3:16). Whatever God said to them is also “profitable for teaching” toward us. What’s the message?
We read that we deserve God’s anger: “For my name’s sake I defer my anger.” We deserve to be cut off from Him: “For the sake of my praise I restrain it for you, that I may not cut you off.” Paul stated that we are “by nature children of wrath, like the rest of mankind” (Eph. 2:3). Do we really believe that? Do we truly know and feel that we only deserve His wrath?
Was it not for God’s own name sake—His own glory—there would’ve been no hope for us. When God repeats Himself, there’s a definite importance to it. He wants to make it abundantly clear. The truth He wants us to deeply know is that He’s solely acting for His own sake—for the glory of His name. There’s no other reason.
Here’s the good news: God’s glory is fully related to what He does: “I do it, for how should my name be profaned? My glory I will not give to another.” If you made a beautiful cabinet from scratch, you’re entitled to all the glory. If anyone helped you, though, you’ll have to share the glory in proportion to the help. God does not give His glory “to another.” He doesn’t share it.
Paul expressed that as follows: “And because of him you are in Christ Jesus, who became to us wisdom from God, righteousness and sanctification and redemption, so that, as it is written, ‘Let the one who boasts, boast in the Lord’” (1 Cor. 30-31). Indeed, “Salvation belongs to the LORD” (Ps. 3:8). We can fully rest in His commitment to His own glory.
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