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. (Philippians 2:12)

We are being told here to “work out” our salvation and that is different from “working for” our salvation. There should be obvious evidence of our salvation in our Christian lives as a result of our acceptance of Christ as our Lord and Savior. Salvation comes only as a gift from God because of the redemptive work of Christ on the cross.

In Ephesians 2:10 we read, For we are God's workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.

If you have not accepted Christ now is the time to do so. If you have accepted Christ where, then, are you in your quest to do good works according to God's will? The way to answering that question lies in fervent prayer and daily Bible study. This “working out” is one of our most important tasks here on earth and if taken seriously will be accomplished with “fear and trembling.”

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