posted Nov 19, 2017, 5:48 PM by Dale Barnes

The word salvation is used in three tenses in the New Testament.  1. For by Grace you are saved through faith. It is the gift of God.(Eph.2:8 past tense )  2.  Work out your salvation with fear and trembling. (Phil.2:13:  present tense)  3. Now is our salvation nearer than when we believed. (Ro.13:11  future tense )

“Therefore, my beloved, as you have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but much more in my absence, work out your salvation with fear and trembling; for it is God who works in you both to will and to do his good pleasure.” (Phil. 2;12-13 NKJV)  God is at work in every believer to accomplish his plan for their lives. We are to take this very seriously.    

The word therefore used at the beginning of verse 12 is referring to the example of Christ in the previous verses. When Jesus became a man, he humbled himself and became obedient unto death, even to the death on the cross. The 33 years he was on the earth, he was obedient to his Father. That full obedience brought him the highest exaltation. He is Lord of all in an eternal kingdom.  He set the example for us.

Let us be serious about our life and walk as christians. This determines our future place and rewards in the kingdom of God.  This life is very temporary, just a few years, Let’s build for a future that is eternal under the rule of Christ.  Let’s lay up treasure; building for eternity. We are considering that which is eternally real. This present world and its charms will pass away, but following God’s guidance and drawing on his strength; living for him, doing his will, will produce lasting fruit.  Work out your salvation! God is working in you to desire and do his pleasure. It is the best and right way to go!