New Defender's Study Bible Notes
3:9 similitude of God. This is a reference to Genesis 1:26-27. Even though scarred by thousands of years of sin and the curse, man is still made in the image of God, and should be respected as such. Even the most depraved of men can be “renewed” in that image (note Colossians 3:10) if they will only come to Christ for regeneration.