Obedience is one of the most important attributes in Christian life. According to Matt 7:21, in heaven, is fulfilled in the present by an active obedience. However Christian obedience differs from Judaism’s obedience and practice. In Jewish thought, “it is as a divine discipline to be accepted by individual by obedient submission to God’s will.”58 In Jewish system there is no faith. They neither believe Jesus Christ nor accept Him as a savior.
In Christian’s principle, we have obedience to God through faith. It means humbly, devotionally and loyally to submit to God’s rule by obedience to the commandments of Jesus. Even, the Christian’s obedience can be followed: “surrender your life,” in Matt 13:44-46, “for a man to surrender everything else that he posses in order to gain the kingdom.”
According to Tangelder, “freedom to obey, the norms that gives structure to our human existence freedom as subject to responsibility.”59 He argued Christians
have freedom, but it doesn’t mean irresponsibility. He said, “each College should have the freedom to do its research in line with its confessional position.”60
Furthermore, Christians are instructed to behave as freedoms among family. Example, the Christian women are requested to be submission to the husband (Col 3:18). As well as the “children obey to parents” (Col 3:20). Also it said the “slave obey to master” (Col 3:22). It instructed obedience is for easy and smooth relationship among family, like father-son relationship, also in a work place, like as a master-slave relationship and etc.
God is indeed to be obeyed, since his will is inviolable, but obedience is not the highest virtue. Even Satan and the damned shall ultimately obey him.61 So definitely human are request to obey God, as well as, among human being, in relationship with parents and older person.
According to the fifth command, “reverence means that he (the son) must neither stand nor sit in his (the father’s) place, nor contradict his words, nor tip the scale against him.”62 It is shown a kind of respect and obedience to your parents. Moreover, honor means that he must give him food and drink, clothe, and cover him, and lead him in and out.”63 It is shows your honor to your parents practically, not just verbally. Indeed, it should be retrospect between old and young, master and slave, and God and creature. Not only one side is responsible, both sides responsible.
Most of these, obedience, reverence, and honor are commonly practiced in Christianity as an institution such as in churches. Obedience, reverence, and honor are also familiar in Asian traditions as applicable. Definitely, Asian Christians are asked to follow the principle of obedience.
Christians need to follow biblical instructions of obedience, since Christians want to enter freedom land. Only those who follow and show obedience as part of the result of their faith are entitled for freedom land.