The Bible is full of imperatives. Biblical imperatives demand something from God’s people. All of God’s demands are always applicable for everyone everywhere. The commands of God are binding on God’s people, not as criteria for salvation but as guidelines for sanctification.
Therefore, keeping the divine demands of Scripture assumes a prior relationship between divine sovereign and human subjects. The children of God are to fulfill their responsibility to obey, because they already are the children of God by faith in Christ. In other words, God’s people don’t obey to be children but because they are His children.
Our sanctifying obedience rests on two vital truths. The first is The Power of the Holy Spirit. Our obedience is through faith and is dependent on God’s grace, for it recognizes that only through the power of the Spirit can obedience to divine demands be possible or be pleasing to God. Paul tells us in Romans 11:36, “For of him, and through him, and to him, are all things: to whom be glory for ever. Amen.” Without the power of the Spirit of God doing these things in us, there would be no obedience. The second is The Provision of the Son. Our obedience also acknowledges that failures occur at a remarkably alarming rate. But the provision of forgiveness is available in Jesus Christ. It is the power of God that accomplishes any obedience in us and it is the provision of God in the Son, Jesus Christ, that not only forgives our failures but also accomplishes our obedience through the perfection of Jesus Christ.
It is when these two truths become progressively clearer do we progressively become like Christ in the work of sanctification.