If we are saved by grace through faith—as Ephesians 2:8 makes obvious—and not justified by works of lawkeeping (Galatians ), what good do they do?Is not obedience to God's law useless or at the best, merely dutiful or ceremonial?“Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right” In Colossians , Wives are also called upon to be submissive to their partners as this is fitting with the lord.
One of the apostle Paul's comments in Romans 5 hints broadly at this: "Much more, having been reconciled [to the Father], we shall be saved by His life" (verse 10).
Christ's death does not save us, but His resurrection to eternal life does!
It is commonly thought—if not commonly taught—that obedience plays little part in New Testament Christianity.
People are urged, "Believe in Jesus Christ, and you will be saved." They are told to love the Lord and have faith. If the law of God has been done away, what need is there of obedience?
In fact, it would mean that he is not really a Christian!
(Consider, for instance, Paul's statement in Romans , defining a true Christian.) Even when people realize that they should obey God and His commands, they may still scratch their heads over obedience is necessary to the salvation process.This is a wonderful divine act of grace because we do not deserve such merciful treatment.The truth is, however, that salvation does not end there.Not only does it make possible our future resurrection to eternal life (see I Corinthians -23), but it also gives Him the opportunity to work with those whom God calls to bring them to spiritual maturity.Notice how Paul describes Christ's ongoing work with the church: And He Himself gave some to be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, and some pastors and teachers, for the equipping of the saints for the work of ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ, till we all come to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to a perfect man, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ.Those who ask these kinds of questions have a limited understanding of what God is doing with humanity.In essence, they believe that God's sole purpose is to "save" people from their sins, for that is what Christ's sacrifice accomplishes—the shedding of His precious blood pays the penalty for sin, redeeming us from eternal death, and with His righteousness covering our corruption, provides us access to a relationship with the Father (see Romans 5:6-11).If God's grace covers all sin and works avail us nothing, then what place does obedience fill?Did not Jesus remove lawkeeping from the salvation equation?In our daily life, we know that obedience is a very essential habit one should abide to in our homes, workplaces and in the communities in which we live.In simple terms, obedience is compliance with an order, request, law or submission to another’s authority.