Walking in awe of God (1Pet.1:17)

Instructions on Holy Living


 So far in holy living we have looked at having our minds in the right place, standing on the hope of our salvation, and then the call to stay obedient. All of these are necessary in living the Christian life. Remember we can live the holy life because of our position in Christ, who we are in the new birth. Than we have responsibility to yield our life over to the Lord everyday as we walk with Him.

 What does the Scripture say about our responsibility…..

  1. That we are to be imitators of God (Eph.5:1)
  2. We are to walk in a manner worthy (Eph.4:1)
  3. We are to put on the full armor of God (Eph.6:10)
  4. We are to live our life to please God (1Thess.4:1-2)
  5. We are to put on the Lord Jesus Christ (Rom.13:14)

Why then do we walk in holiness than, for one purpose. And that is to bring honor and glory to God, and not ourselves! Look at what Paul says about living the Christian life, first talking about how the husband and wife are to treat each other, and how this brings honor and glory to the church. We see this in Eph. 5:26-27 “That he might sanctify her, having cleansed her by the washing of water with the word, so that he might present the church to himself in splendor, without spot or wrinkle or any such thing, that she might be holy and without blemish.”

 Walking in holiness should be done with the view of who God is, and this is walking in awe of who God is. We see this in Ps.139 as King David gives a description of all who God is and how we should respond.

 So some things to keep in mind as we walk with God…..

  1. Hindsight is 20/20.
  2. Do you think about the consequences before you act.
  3. The places you go.
  4. The people you associate with.
  5. The speech we use.


  1. 1.    Walking in reverence (17.c)
  2. 2.    Making the most of your time (17.d)
  3. 3.    Because God is your Father (17.a)
  4. 4.    Because God is your Judge (17.b)


  1. 1.    Walking in reverence (17.c)

“Conduct yourselves with fear”

  • The word “fear” here means reverence, respect. Great respect, deep concern for.
  • May be expressed figuratively as “Stand before with your heart as fluttering”
  • Vines, says this about fear: This is the reverential fear of God that will inspire a constant carefulness in dealing with others in His fear.
  • W. Wiersbe says it like this “This is not the cringing fear of a slave before a master, but the loving reverence of a child before his father. It is not fear of judgment (1Jon.4:18) but a fear of disappointing him or sinning against his love. It is godly fear (2Cor.7:1) a sober reverence for the Father.”

App: Like the folding of USA flag.

  1. 2.    Making the most of your time (17.d)

“Throughout the time of your exile”

  • The AMP says it like this “Throughout the time of your temporary residence (on earth,weather long or short)
  • The believer is not of this world, he is just passing through!
  • However long we are here what impact are we making for Christ
  • Do we live carefully in reverence of the Lord, making the most of our time here.

This is how we are to make the most of our time.“Since we have these promises, beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from every defilement of body and spirit, bringing holiness to completion in the fear of God.”-2Cor.7:1

App: Two min. drill in football.

  1. 3.    Because God is your father (17.a)

“And if you call on him as father”

  • NLT “And remember that the heavenly Father to whom you pray”
  • Here Peter is talking of the relationship we have with God. He is the one we pray to. We see this in Matt. 6:9 “Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name.”
  • God is who we talk with. Vines says it like this “To invoke for aid, and worship, testimony, decision, etc.”
  • The word “Father” is from a root signifying a nourisher, protector
  • Our heavenly Father cares, and he is our refuge and fortress so we should embrace him as Father!
  • Look at what it says in 2Cor.6:18 “And I will be a father to you, and you shall be sons and daughters to me, says the Lord Almighty.”
  • Do we honor God as Father? Read Mal. 1:6
  1. 4.    Because god is your judge (17.b)

“Who judges impartially according to each one’s deeds”

  • God is just! And will judge. The word judges means here properly to distinguish, to try condemn, punish.
  • God will show no favorites. The KJV “Without respect of persons” the NLT says it like this “Has no favorites when he judges” We sometimes show partially, but God never does.
  • Remember the judgment on the believer is different then judgment on the unbeliever. The believer has been covered in the blood of Jesus, and  His grace. Let us look at that judgment in 1Cor.3:12-15
  • In view of God’s judgment let us walk carefully.
  • In view of God’s let us bear fruit
  • In view of God’s judgment we see all of who God is. Look at what it says in Ps.62:12 “Once God has spoken; twice have I heard this; that power belongs to God, and that you, O LORD, belongs steadfast love. For you will render to a man according to his work.”

In Closing: Let us walk in awe of who God is, and see Him as our Father, and Judge. Making the most of our time while here on earth.


About pastorcook

I pastor a small baptist church and love to study the Bible and study the Puritans. I also have a great desire to spread the gospel,and teach the Bible to believers, as they grow in the personal relationship they have we the Lord. View all posts by pastorcook

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