Likeness Sharers

In creational terms, man is the glory of God and woman is the glory of man (1 Corinthians 11:7). That is God’s sovereign Word, we receive it, regardless of the culture’s hatred of gender distinctions, a misplaced hatred because they really want to do away with the distinction between themselves and God.

In redemptive terms, all believers are being remade in the image of God to share the glory of God; we are brothers and sisters in Christ. This is also God’s sovereign Word, we receive it, regardless of the Arminian’s (or Pelagian’s) argument.

For those whom he [God] foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son (Romans 8:29)

This is just an amazing thing. God decided beforehand that we would be summorphos, that is, sharing the likeness of God’s Son. We are predestined to this adjective: we are the “likeness sharers.”

Verse 30 follows not with a hierarchy, but with a chain.

And those whom he predestined he also called, and those whom he called he also justified, and those whom he justified he also glorified.

This glorified state is not separate from Christ’s image in us. We are being transformed into the same glory by beholding the Lord (2 Corinthians 3:18). By His “very great promises” we are “partakers of the divine nature” (2 Peter 1:3).

So man was created for God, and woman was created for man, and you, beloved, are created and called and saved for glory.

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