Mike Eells 03-24-19 // Be Children of the Father; 1 Peter 1:13-19
"Like father like son," is a phrase often used to show that the son, or daughter, follows the same pattern of behavior as the father, or mother. If the child represents the father well, then it is said, "the apple doesn't fall too far from the tree." If, however, the child does not resemble the parent, it might be said, "It was a windy day when the apple fell from the tree." For the believer we are now identified as children of a heavenly Father. But what does it mean to be children of God. In our passage we explore what Peter says in his first epistle to the churches in Asia, where he exhorts the believer to live holy lives with three motivations to live lives that exemplify our Heavenly Father; Our Christian hope, God's Character and the sacrificial death of Jesus Christ.