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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 NKJV
But one testified in a certain place, saying: “What is man that You are mindful of him, Or the son of man that You take care of him? You have made him a little lower than the angels; You have crowned him with glory and honor, And set him over the works of Your hands.
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People are created in God’s image

Genesis 5:1 NKJV
This is the book of the genealogy of Adam. In the day that God created man, He made him in the likeness of God.
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Human beings have precedence over the rest of creation

Matthew 6:26 NKJV
Look at the birds of the air, for they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they?
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Human responsibility for creation

Genesis 2:19–20 NKJV
Out of the ground the Lord God formed every beast of the field and every bird of the air, and brought them to Adam to see what he would call them. And whatever Adam called each living creature, that was its name. So Adam gave names to all cattle, to the birds of the air, and to every beast of the field. But for Adam there was not found a helper comparable to him.
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Human glory diminished after the fall

Romans 3:23 NKJV
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 NKJV
Moreover whom He predestined, these He also called; whom He called, these He also justified; and whom He justified, these He also glorified.
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Spiritual glory is divinely given

John 17:22 NKJV
And the glory which You gave Me I have given them, that they may be one just as We are one:
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Glorification when Jesus Christ returns

Colossians 3:4 NKJV
When Christ who is our 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 NKJV
because “All flesh is as grass, And all the glory of man as the flower of the grass. The grass withers, And its flower falls away, But the word of the Lord endures forever.” Now this is the word which by the gospel was preached to you.
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Human glory is given and taken by God

Psalm 82:6–7 NKJV
I said, “You are gods, And all of you are children of the Most High. But you shall die like men, And fall like one of the princes.”
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The temporary nature of the glory of the wicked

Philippians 3:19 NKJV
whose end is destruction, whose god is their belly, and whose glory is in their shame—who set their mind on earthly things.
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The temptation associated with human glory

Matthew 4:8–9 NKJV
Again, the devil took Him up on an exceedingly high mountain, and showed Him all the kingdoms of the world and their glory. And he said to Him, “All these things I will give You if You will fall 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 NKJV
The sight of the glory of the Lord was like a consuming fire on the top of the mountain in the eyes of the children of Israel.
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Glory is not to be sought from other human beings but from God

Matthew 6:2 NKJV
Therefore, when you do a charitable deed, do not sound a trumpet before you as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, that they may have glory from men. Assuredly, I say to you, they have their reward.
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It is a human duty to glorify God

Psalm 34:3 NKJV
Oh, magnify the Lord with me, And let us exalt His name together.
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