And then there is faith: "without faith it is impossible to please him." The study of faith teaches us that people obeyed the LORD's commands that made little sense to them. You cannot believe without doing, obeying. Hebrews 11 teaches us that. Some things defy common sense, culture, but we do it as an act of faith - we believe and so we do.
Sree, I appreciate your many posts and your insights but I would like to ask you a question: based on your quote, you would have to include baptism in this 'dead work', right? Baptism is purely a ritual, nothing more, nothing less BUT commanded by the LORD Jesus to do. When such is the case, it has meaning beyond our scope of comprehension...except maybe it is our modern day equivalent of eating from the 'tree of knowledge of good and evil': you either do it and sin or refuse and obey God - a test of our obedience.
I agree with you Sree. Well stated.