God’s Job

The previous post in this series is:

Why Work It Out?

The first post in this devotional series covering the book of Philippians is Devoted to Philippians.

“Work out your salvation with fear and trembling; for it is God who is at work in you, both to will and to work for His good pleasure.” (Philippians 2:12-13)

Previously, we considered this “working out” and concluded that it was a paradox intentionally placed by God. We are to know that our salvation is secure, yet at the same time, we are to act as though it is not. Act as though our salvation depended on it, even though it does not.

That bothers me a bit, but Scripture is clear on both points. So, now I try to figure out how this sinful wretch, who accomplishes nothing good, can succeed.

Never fear1! Paul explains how in the very next verse: it is GOD who is working in us. And, He does so for His own good pleasure.

Praise GOD! Even while working as if my eternity depended upon it, I can realize that it’s actually God who is doing the work in and through me.

And, ALL of this reaches right back to Jesus, who in verses five to eleven was glorified above all others. Jesus does not fail, so neither will I.

The next post in this series is:

His Good Pleasure

  1. I’m using this as a colloquialism, not as a command. According to verse twelve, we definitely should fear God!

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