Philippians 2:12 (NIV): Therefore, my dear friends, as you have always obeyed—not only in my presence but now much more in my absence—continue to work out your salvation with fear and trembling.
Paul has been pleading with the Philippian believers to remain unified. How? By having the same humble and obedient mind as Christ.
From this train of thought, Paul transitions from his focus on Christ’s humility in to the need for followers of Christ to live out their faith.
This verse has often been misinterpreted. You have to admit, it is a somewhat confusing verse. I mean, what does it mean to “work out” your salvation. Sounds like we have to earn our salvation. But what does Paul really mean?
Listen to this quick 2-minute teaching to see what Paul means as we explore the original Greek language for the word “work out.” It’s a fascinating word.
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