• How do you “work out your own salvation with fear and trembling” (Phil 2:12–13)? Question and Answer

    Philippians 2:12-13

    That’s an important verse. Working out your salvation with fear and trembling begins by taking God seriously. It begins with having a high view of God, especially the holiness of God. When people saw the holiness of God in the Bible, whether it was Isaiah in the temple, or John on the island of Patmos, or Peter on the Sea of Galilee, they had no trouble having the fear of God. Once they saw the holiness of God, it sobered them and dropped them to their knees. So, in order to work out our salvation (“salvation” in Philippians 2:12 is … View Resource

  • What is the relationship between the Holy Spirit’s work and our effort in sanctification? Question and Answer

    Philippians 2:12-13

    I think the best place to go for a one-sentence answer to that is Philippians 2:12-13, where Paul urges the Christians to work out their salvation—which is not working up their salvation, but working out the salvation that God has already worked in. He says, “Work out your salvation in fear and trembling, because it is God who is at work in you, both to will and to do of His good pleasure.” So we fulfill all the responsibilities that God has given to us in His word as we trust in Jesus Christ and seek the help of the … View Resource