Nov. 4, 2020

What Does Philippians 2:12 Mean? Part 2

What Does Philippians 2:12 Mean? Part 2

Philippians 2:12 (NIV): Therefore, my dear friends, as you have always obeyed—not only in my presence, but now much more in my absence—continue to work out your salvation with fear and trembling.

Today, Paul teaches us how to work out our salvation in our day-to-day life.  

But what does that look like in our lives?

Believe it or not, Paul has been hinting at it throughout his letter!

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Transcript

Hey, welcome to The Simple Truth. I’m Julie Carruth.

We’re exploring a passage that tends to confuse a lot of people when it’s taken out of context and that is Philippians 2:12, “Therefore, my dear friends, as you have always obeyed—not only in my presence but now much more in my absence—continue to work out your salvation with fear and trembling.”

Now yesterday, we learned that our salvation is not a one and done action. God calls us to continually grow spiritually. Now that doesn’t mean that we work FOR our salvation. Instead, it means that we work ON our salvation. As a follower of Christ, you’re saved, and you will go to heaven. But how sad would it be to look back at your life and realize that God had so much more for you, but you weren’t willing to grow? But what does that look like in your life? Believe it or not, Paul has already been laying it out for us. 

For example, in chapter one verses 9 and 10 Paul prays that we’d grow in true knowledge and perfect judgment so that we choose to do what is best in God’s eyes. 

In chapter 1 verse 27 Paul instructs us to live a life worthy of the gospel. In other words, if you call yourself a Christian, then measure up to the name.

In Chapter 2, Paul writes that we are to live in harmony with each other, to not do anything from selfish ambition or conceitedness, be humble towards one another, consider others better than yourselves, look out for one another’s interests, and not just your own, have the same obedient attitude as Christ who humbled himself and came to serve others and not be served. 

All these things refer to us working out our salvation with fear and trembling.

So, your simple Truth for today: Is there evidence in your life that you are working out your salvation? If you are then you will see signs of perseverance, maturation and spiritual growth taking place.

But what does it mean to do this with fear and trembling? Great question. Join tomorrow as we explore more of The Simple Truth.

Have a blessed day. See you soon.