Working Out Your Own Salvation?

Posted: May 25, 2014 in Blessings, Christian Beliefs, Inductive Bible Study, Outreach, Running the Race, The Bible, The Christian Walk

Hello All!

It’s been a long time since I’ve written and honest to goodness post around here and for that I’d like to apologize, it’s just that sometimes life or what goes on in it consumes you. Things suck up all your time and soon you find yourself neglecting the sharing and edifying of others with God’s Word, the Devil likes it that way.

Well it’s time to work out!

That’s right…work out!

Tonight I’ll be breaking down two verses from Philippians 2 and getting down to what is and is not being said through them so let’s check them out!

12 So then, my dear friends, just as you have always obeyed, not only in my presence, but now even more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling. 13 For it is God who is working in you, enabling you both to desire and to work out His good purpose.

Philippians 2:12-13 Holman Christian Standard Bible

Breakout the Workout!

Oh…my…those verses look a bit like erm…works right. Coming from a legalistic background whe work out just stands out but before we try to figure it out we need to note something. Verse 12 starts with the words: “So then…” and those words are very much like “Therefore…” “Since…” or “Because of…”. The first question to ask when confronted with a there fore is…what is it there for!

Let’s look at the section before these two verses just briefly:

If then there is any encouragement in Christ, if any consolation of love, if any fellowship with the Spirit, if any affection and mercy, fulfill my joy by thinking the same way, having the same love,sharing the same feelings, focusing on one goal. Do nothing out of rivalry or conceit, but in humilityconsider others as more important than yourselves. Everyone should look out not only for his own interests, but also for the interests of others.

Christ’s Humility and Exaltation

Make your own attitude that of Christ Jesus,

who, existing in the form of God,
did not consider equality with God
as something to be used for His own advantage.
Instead He emptied Himself
by assuming the form of a slave,
taking on the likeness of men.
And when He had come as a man
in His external form,
He humbled Himself by becoming obedient
to the point of death—
even to death on a cross.
For this reason God highly exalted Him
and gave Him the name
that is above every name,
10 so that at the name of Jesus
every knee will bow—
of those who are in heaven and on earth
and under the earth—
11 and every tongue should confess
that Jesus Christ is Lord,
to the glory of God the Father.

The First 11 Verses of Philippians Chapter 2 (HCSB)

Paul is speaking of having one goal as Christians and that is to have the same attitude as that of Christ. What did Christ do- what was His attitude? Humility. He put The Father’s plans first, served others whom He came ultimately to die for, and thought of His own well being last.

It’s something we should strive to do in our own way, I call it S.O.S. Christianity.

S = Savior

O = Others

S= Self

Always in that order that is what we are to strive to do not to gain merit, but because God saved us By Grace and through Faith. We want to live the way Christ lived because He saved us we want to live unto Him and then unto the saving of others putting our needs last. The Christian life is a life of giving.

Jesus said: “It is more blessed to give than receive.”

So often though we find ourselves getting the order wrong. Because of the busy nature of life all of a sudden it becomes Self…..others…..and Savior way down the line.

Jesus said: “The Spirit is willing but the flesh is weak.”

Paul who wrote to the Philippians also wrote to the Romans and Romans Chapter 7 is all about the battle between the Spirit and the Flesh. Often I find myself in that battle and it is a tiresome one, but don’t give up! Keeping working out!

Back to Working Out…Working Out

Paul is saying here in verse 12 I know you have followed in what I’ve taught you, you’ve take it to heart and are living it out to those around you. When I was there with you- strong in the Lord you were but your faith has grown and you are being even more outrageous in your sharing and living out your faith.

I want you to work out your salvation with fear and trembling.

Dr. Gary Inrig put it this way (not an exact quote but this is the idea he was putting across to us his flock):

“Salvation is your own salvation, it’s a personal thing, once you’ve got salvation it’s your very own salvation. So let’s just compare for a moment with me, let’s say that this salvation is my abs. Mine are here somewhere, some people have an easier time finding their abs than others right? This is because they have worked out their own abs, this has brought out definition and sharpness- strength to their abs. You have you salvation, it’s a part of you that cannot be lost, however it can be strengthened by being in the Word and prayer. The more you work out perhaps also through Bible studies and devotionals the more you will understand the depth of your salvation The security of your salvation. You’re working out your salvation! You’re not doing works to get salvation, you’re working out the salvation you already have.”

Does that help clarify things? It sure did for me!

In verse 13 Paul notes that it is God within us enabling us to desire and work His good pleasure.

God the Holy Spirit is in us, filling us and sealing us the moment we believe. this verse reveals that He doesn’t stop there He’s constantly working in us. Through the Word, Bible Study, Prayer, Exhortation and various other means God the Holy Spirit is working in us and enabling us!

God the Holy Spirit give us a desire, a yearning to work out His good pleasure, within us and through us.

What is God’s good pleasure for us? I believe it’s two fold:

1: To Grow in Grace and the security and understanding of our standing our Salvation in and through Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

2: To share the Gospel with others, to be a living conduit of God’s grace for others.

That is Gods’ good pleasure.

That is working out our Salvation.

In Conclusion

Before I wrap this up though a little reminder for both Christians and those unsaved Grace is unmerited favor in the eyes of God, it is us (should we believe in Him unto Salvation) not getting what we deserve. But the most important thing about Grace is that it’s available to everyone, this is how I remember this most wonderful truth.

G.R.A.C.E.

Gods’

Ridiculous

Assesment

Concerning

Everyone

You, each and every person reading this post, everyone is worth God’s Son to God the Father. You’re not a nobody, you mean everything to God the Father, He sent Jesus- God the Son, to die on the cross, in your place. Taking the death penalty for your sins, everyone’s sins ever upon Himself. His offer is always available, He has taken your sins and wants to place on you the covering of His perfect Righteousness.

He wants to offer you salvation and He is the only way to get it.

If and when you accept that salvation, then work it out.

Define it.

Know it .

In Christ,

Ross

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