As Obedient Children

Text: 1 Peter 1:14-16

Christians are the children of God. Just as an earthly father would, our heavenly Father expects certain behavior out of His children. What is God’s will that He expects of us? Our text mentions a few things.

God Expects Us to be Obedient

  • As obedient children” (v. 14) – many try to minimize the need for obedience: why?
  • Some equate obedience with trying to earn salvation – no one can earn salvation (Romans 6:23; Ephesians 2:8); but salvation by grace does not mean that obedience is unnecessary (Ephesians 2:10; Titus 2:11-12)
  • Some believe that we are saved by faith alone – faith is absolutely essential for salvation (Hebrews 11:6); but the Bible explicitly states that we are not saved by faith alone (James 2:24)
  • Some simply do not want to follow God (John 3:19-21)
  • God expects us to be obedient if we want to be saved (Hebrews 5:9)

God Expects Us to Give Up Sin

  • Do not be conformed to the former lusts” (v. 14)
  • We know that all have sinned (Romans 3:23) – therefore, every child of God has a past life filled with sin
  • But the life of sin is not to continue after one becomes a child of God (Colossians 3:10; Romans 6:12)
  • Christians are not to “continue in sin so that grace may increase” (Romans 6:1) – we have “died to sin” (Romans 6:2, 6-7)

God Expects Us to Increase in Knowledge

  • The former lusts which were yours in your ignorance” (v. 14)
  • Our former lusts were rooted in ignorance – the solution to this is knowledge of God’s word (2 Peter 3:18; Ephesians 5:10)
  • This is important – lack of knowledge leads to destruction (Hosea 4:6)
  • We must move from immaturity to maturity (1 Peter 2:2; Hebrews 5:12-14)

God Expects Us to Be Like Him

  • But like the Holy One who called you, be holy yourselves also in all your behavior” (v. 15)
  • Our goal is to be like God – perfect (Matthew 5:48), sinless (1 Peter 2:21-22)
  • We must never lose sight of the goal (1 John 2:1) – of course, there is a provision for forgiveness if we fall, but this is not a permission to sin (Romans 6:1-2; Jude 4)


  • As children of God, we should be clearly distinguishable from the children of the devil (1 John 3:10)
  • We must be obedient & practice righteousness if we wish to please God

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