Is there a way to use the Glory of God to prove the deity of Christ?
How about this:
John 11:4 "But when Jesus heard it he said, ‘This illness is not unto death; it is for the glory of God, so that the Son of God may be glorified by means of it.’ "
St Augustine Tractate 49 says this:
“And mark how the Lord, as it were indirectly, called Himself God, for the sake of some who deny that the Son is God. For there are heretics, who make such a denial, that the Son of God is God. Let them hearken here: “This sickness,” He says, “is not unto death, but for the glory of God.” For what glory? For the glory of what God? Hear what follows: “That the Son of God may be glorified.” “This sickness,” therefore, He says, “is not unto death, but for the glory of God, that the Son of God maybe glorified thereby.” By what? By that sickness.”
I was under the impression that what glorified God in this incident was the raising of Lazarus from the dead, not the sickness. The sickness was the means God used for the glorification, but the resurrection of Lazarus was what actually glorified the Son of God.
In the sentence before the quote I gave St Augustine says this, “Hence He says, ‘is not unto death,’ because even that death itself was not unto death, but rather unto the working of a miracle whereby men might be led to faith in Christ, and so escape the real death.”
Thus Cornelius A Lapide concludes, “The end and object of the sickness of Lazarus is not death, but the glory of God; for God did not send it on him in order that it should deprive him of life by death, but rather that it should restore life to him in greater measure, and thus be to the greater glory of God.”