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

Previous we saw how Jesus has been given a Name that is above all other names. It is so far above all that even unbelievers will bow to Him and confess that He is Lord.

Today, we see what our response (as believers) should be to that: “So then, my beloved, just as you have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your salvation with fear and trembling.” (Philippians 2:12)

Clearly, working out our salvation is part of obeying God, so obeying Him is important. This is sometimes known as submitting ourselves to the lordship of Jesus Christ1. We make him more than a cosmic get-out-of-jail-free card.

Believers have the privilege of submitting to His lordship even now, before that great and awesome day, when everybody will submit to Him.

Lordship is different than salvation. Salvation is a one-time decision we make. Lordship is a decision we make over and over again. Making a wrong lordship decision does not kill our salvation. It creates a temporary barrier between us and our God.

Let’s all decide now, and from now on, that we will submit to Jesus’ lordship today, and with every day that we draw breath!

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Work Out Your Salvation?

  1. I’ll use just the word lordship most of the time for this concept.

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