Philippians 2:12 (NKJV) Therefore, my beloved, as you have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling.
This is the idea the apostle Paul was conveying to the saints in Philippi when he wrote, “Work out your own salvation with fear and trembling” (Philippians2:12). We need to work out what God has worked in each of us. We need to discover what God has done for us. To discover these areas the Lord has done in us takes some serious soul searching and time with God!
However, we don’t work for our salvation (we work from the work of salvation Jesus did on the Cross); we work it out. Salvation is a gift from God. We are told in (Ephesians 2:8–9), “For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast.” So we don’t work for it; we work it out. The work of Jesus on the Cross is finished, so when we attempt to prove or perform for salvation; in essence we are saying what Jesus did was not enough! We must be conscious and aware we are not talking about our job or society which is all performance driven, we are talking about our Great God!
Remember, Paul was directing this statement to believers. The idea of working out one’s salvation is referring to living out one’s faith; and carrying it out correctly. In fact, the term work out carries the meaning of working to full completion. So we need to carry it to the finish line. Are you working it out people of God? This can only take place upon spending time in the Lord’s presence.
As believers, the work of God is in our hearts, but we need to live it out. Just like the finished work of Jesus is sufficient and complete by itself. That means carrying to the finish line and fully completing our own salvation with fear and trembling. Have a great day!
Pastor James Baker, Jr.