We know that Paul wrote that we are saved by grace through faith, and not by our works. (Yes, I know that James wrote that we are justified by faith that includes works, but that’s for another post.)
But, after writing something like that in each of his letters, Paul would then write a series of commands. These were typically written as imperatives: you must do this. Or, simply, “Do this!”
Have you ever wondered why Paul would write commands that we must (apparently) obey, even though obedience does not earn our salvation? And, if we understand other parts of Scripture, obedience will not cause God to love us, and neither will disobedience cause him to reject us.
So, why obey the commands of Scripture?