What Does Glory Mean?


I was reading this morning and in John 5:41 it says “I do not receive glory from people.” I think I understand the context of why He was saying this but it raised the question to me, what is Glory? I hear so many people saying “Give glory to God” or “Glory be to Jesus” And the Bible is filled with the word “glory” but what is it from a Spiritual and Scriptural definition?


It depends on how the word is used. For example, in Isaiah 28:5 the Hebrew word translated glory means beauty and refers to a decoration. In that day the LORD of hosts will be a crown of glory. Their relationship with God will make everyone appear to be more beautiful, as if they were wearing fine jewelry. The idea of a halo may have first come from here.

In John 5:41 the Greek word is translated honor in the King James. It means to render a good opinion. When people say give glory to God, they mean to honor Him.

And in 1 Peter 5:4 the same word means splendor or brightness. And when the chief Shepherd appears, you will receive the unfading crown of glory. The crown of glory we receive will shine like the Sun and will never lose any of its luster.