Nov. 5, 2020

What Does Philippians 2:12 Mean? Part 3

What Does Philippians 2:12 Mean? Part 3

Philippians 2:12b (NIV): continue to work out your salvation with fear and trembling.

What does Paul mean when he tells us to work out our salvation with "fear and trembling?"

Once you get a deeper insight into the original Greek language that Paul uses here, you will be excited and motivated to live your best life yet.

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

We’ve been learning how to “work out” our life in Christ that the Apostle Paul wrote about in the latter part of Philippians 2:12 which says, “continue to work out your salvation with fear and trembling.”

On the previous 2 episodes, we explored what it means to work out our salvation. Paul has been giving us signs or evidence, if you will, of what it looks like to work out our salvation. 

Today, Paul tells us another sign that you’re working out your salvation is that you do so with fear and trembling. 

Now, the words Paul uses here in the original Greek language don’t mean that you fear punishment from God if you mess up- Like a child who wants to hide terrified of his father’s punishment because he disobeyed. That’s not what Paul is saying. It’s quite the opposite in fact. 

This type of fear and trembling drives you to seek out and grow closer to God even more. Why? Because you realize your inability to keep God’s commandments without His help. You know without His strength empowering you that you cannot live out His will for your life. 

The words here for fear and trembling also indicate our fear of letting God down. You know how when you truly adore and love someone, you don’t live each day scared of them and what they’ll do to you but instead, you live each day afraid of how your actions might let them down? That’s what Paul means by fear and trembling. 

So, your simple truth for today: Paul tells us to live our lives with a sense of awe and respect for God with a healthy fear of letting God down. 

And the good news is that God never intended that you do this on your own. Join in tomorrow to learn where to find the strength to live the life God called you to. Simply ask your Amazon  smart speaker to “Play Bible study” and you’ll be on your way to living your best life. 

Have a blessed day. I’ll see you soon.