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August 26, 2018 | Feature Article

Work Out Your Own Salvation

I suppose I may not have been ALONE who received erroneous teachings about this truth brother Paul shared with the CHURCH. Other teachers have saddled you with so much unwanted stuff or of their own understanding and countless confusion. If I may ask SALVATION whose IS IT anyway?

Again I will ask SALVATION who does it benefit MOST? GOD or man? I hope one day the HOLY SPIRIT will offer us the platform to share this with you all hopefully BEFORE all EYES sees Him or some will be raptured to meet Him for our next assignments.

Phil 2:12 So then, my beloved, even as you have always obeyed, not as in my presence only but now much rather in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling;

(13) For it is God who operates in you both the willing and the working for His good pleasure.

How is it possible for us to work out our own salvation? If we could work out our salvation, would that not make salvation a matter of our own works? Suppose I fall into a pit and someone rescues me. That is salvation. But if I succeed in delivering myself, that is not salvation, but my own working.

Since salvation is not of works, but of grace, what does Paul mean by telling us to work out our salvation?

The key to understanding Paul's word is to know the meaning of salvation in this verse. Salvation here is not salvation from the lake of fire. Rather, it refers to what Paul has already said about salvation earlier in this Epistle.

The words "so then" in verse 12 indicate that what Paul says in this verse is a consequence of what has gone before. Working out our salvation is the result of taking Christ as our pattern, as seen in the preceding verses. As our pattern, Christ is our salvation. However, this salvation needs to be worked out by us.

In order for this to be accomplished in our experience, the pattern must be subjective to us as well as objective. If it were only objective, it could not be the salvation worked out by us. The salvation here is not the salvation we receive; it is the salvation we work out. The salvation we receive is the salvation from God's condemnation and from the lake of fire. There is no need for us to work out that kind of salvation. The salvation here in Philippians is salvation of another kind, or of a different degree.

It is higher than that mentioned in Acts 16:31, where the jailer is told that if he believes in the Lord Jesus Christ, he and his household will be saved. The salvation in 2:12 is actually a living Person. This Person is the very Christ whom we live, experience, and enjoy.

A pattern which is only objective could not be our salvation in this way. The fact that salvation is a living Person and that this Person is our pattern indicates that the pattern is subjective as well as objective.

I will by the grace of God through JESUS CHRIST deal exhaustively with the topic on the facebook platform when I finish dealing with the our individual ministries in the CHURCH or BODY OF JESUS CHRIST. SHALOM ****

Jude Thaddeus Taylor
Jude Thaddeus Taylor

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