Work Out Your Salvation?

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Response

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

So, what on earth does “Work out your salvation with fear and trembling.” (Philippians 2:12) really mean? Previously, we discovered that part of it is obedience to God. But, it seems to me there must be more. There are just too many admonitions surrounding it to be that simple.

The Greek indicates that it is an action that results in something. In this case, “work” means great labor or significant effort. The end result is salvation.

So, work out your salvation means to expend significant effort to obedience. The end result may already be in place, but we are still to press on to that goal. Do what God wants us to do and avoid what He doesn’t want us to do.

Remember that collection of lordship decisions I mentioned previously? This is an admonition to keep accepting Christ’s lordship by obeying Him at every opportunity.

The next post in this series is:

Why Work It Out?

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