2 If we become a child of God by grace alone then where does obedience fit in?
3 “as beloved children” you are already His child you are already His “beloved”
4 “be imitators of God” obedience is how we become like our Dad Genesis 1:27God created man in His own image, in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them.
5 “be imitators of God” obedience is how we become like our Dad Romans 8:29For those whom He foreknew, He also predestined to become conformed to the image of His Son, so that He would be the firstborn among many brethren
6 Imitate our Father’s… love (Eph 5:2) 1 John 4:7–8 Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God; and everyone who loves is born of God and knows God. The one who does not love does not know God, for God is love.
7 Imitate our Father’s… holiness in behavior (Eph 5:3) in speech (Eph 5:4)
8 Imitate our Father’s… holiness 1 Peter 1:14–16 As obedient children, do not be conformed to the former lusts which were yours in your ignorance, but like the Holy One who called you, be holy yourselves also in all your behavior; because it is written, “You shall be holy, for I am holy.”
9 Imitate our Father’s… love holiness 1 Corinthians 4:15-16 …in Christ Jesus I became your father through the gospel. Therefore I exhort you, be imitators of me.