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Divine and human glory

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Through the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, believers will finally be glorified. All human glory derives from God.

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Human glory in the creation

Human glory as God’s intention

Hebrews 2:6–7 NIV
But there is a place where someone has testified: “What is mankind that you are mindful of them, a son of man that you care for him? You made them a little lower than the angels; you crowned them with glory and honor
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People are created in God’s image

Genesis 5:1 NIV
This is the written account of Adam’s family line. When God created mankind, he made them in the likeness of God.
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Human beings have precedence over the rest of creation

Matthew 6:26 NIV
Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they?
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Human responsibility for creation

Genesis 2:19–20 NIV
Now the Lord God had formed out of the ground all the wild animals and all the birds in the sky. He brought them to the man to see what he would name them; and whatever the man called each living creature, that was its name. So the man gave names to all the livestock, the birds in the sky and all the wild animals. But for Adam no suitable helper was found.
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Human glory diminished after the fall

Romans 3:23 NIV
for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,
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Glory is restored to redeemed humanity by the death of Jesus Christ

Romans 8:30 NIV
And those he predestined, he also called; those he called, he also justified; those he justified, he also glorified.
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Spiritual glory is divinely given

John 17:22 NIV
I have given them the glory that you gave me, that they may be one as we are one—
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Glorification when Jesus Christ returns

Colossians 3:4 NIV
When Christ, who is your life, appears, then you also will appear with him in glory.
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The imperfect nature of human glory

1 Peter 1:24–25 NIV
For, “All people are like grass, and all their glory is like the flowers of the field; the grass withers and the flowers fall, but the word of the Lord endures forever.” And this is the word that was preached to you.
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Human glory is given and taken by God

Psalm 82:6–7 NIV
“I said, ‘You are “gods”; you are all sons of the Most High.’ But you will die like mere mortals; you will fall like every other ruler.”
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The temporary nature of the glory of the wicked

Philippians 3:19 NIV
Their destiny is destruction, their god is their stomach, and their glory is in their shame. Their mind is set on earthly things.
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The temptation associated with human glory

Matthew 4:8–9 NIV
Again, the devil took him to a very high mountain and showed him all the kingdoms of the world and their splendor. “All this I will give you,” he said, “if you will bow down and worship me.”
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The uniqueness of God’s glory

God shows Job the impossibility of human beings attaining the perfection of God’s glory.
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God’s glory revealed to human beings

Exodus 24:17 NIV
To the Israelites the glory of the Lord looked like a consuming fire on top of the mountain.
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Glory is not to be sought from other human beings but from God

Matthew 6:2 NIV
“So when you give to the needy, do not announce it with trumpets, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and on the streets, to be honored by others. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward in full.
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It is a human duty to glorify God

Psalm 34:3 NIV
Glorify the Lord with me; let us exalt his name together.
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