Work Out Your Own Salvation

The apostle Paul informed the church at Philippi,

"Wherefore, my beloved, as ye have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling." Philippians 2:12

Paul related we are to work out our own salvation with fear and trembling. The word work means "to accomplish and achieve." Today the popular teaching in the church is salvation is free and we need do nothing to accomplish or achieve it. But as Paul informed the Philippians the responsibility for their salvation is up to them. Then what must we do to achieve and accomplish God's plan of salvation in our lives? There is only one way. We must go to the source of our salvation which is the Word of God. When we understand we must seek out God's plan of salvation for ourselves, then we cease looking to man to obtain this knowledge. We must seek this knowledge for ourselves. Most believe the man behind the pulpit has all the answers they need, and they can get what they need to know by attending their church one or two times a week. John, the beloved, gives us insight as to how we are to work out our own salvation before our God:

"But the anointing which ye have received of Him abideth in you, and ye need not that any man teach you: but as the same anointing teacheth you of all things, and is truth, and is no lie, and even as it hath taught you, ye shall abide in Him." I John 2:27

We can only be taught by the Holy Spirit as we abide in Him. Then do we need preachers and teachers in the church? Absolutely! They are there, appointed by God to break up the fallow ground or our minds to challenge us to seek the deeper things of God. Unfortunately, most pastors and teachers have limited themselves to a simple, salvation message designed to get people saved, not to bring them to maturity. But this does not give anyone an excuse not to grow in God, because we are admonished to work out our own salvation before God with fear and trembling.

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