Notes- Philippians 2:12-13

Therefore, my beloved, as you have always obeyed, so now, not only as in my presence but much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling, for it is God who works in you, both to will and to work for his good pleasure.

Paul commands us to work out our salvation with “fear and trembling,” not because we are terrified at the prospect of standing before God having failed to become “blameless and innocent” (v. 15); rather, “fear and trembling” refers to an awe of God’s presence and working in us. If we are working out our salvation- if our new birth is being carried out in our lives, toward its eschatological end- we are assured that God is at work in us.

John Murray explains, “The more persistently active we are in working, the more persuaded we may be that all the energizing grace and power is of God.” (Redemption Accomplished and Applied)


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