by Eddie Snipes

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Eddie Snipes
Philippians 2:12-16

"Work out your own salvation with fear and trembling." This is not to be mistaken as working for your own salvation. This important principle builds on grace - it doesn't replace grace. The tone in this passage is to work out the salvation you already have been given. The word salvation comes from the Greek word "soteria", which means, salvation in the present tense, that which concludes the soul's safety. One definition of this word is "the sum of the benefits and blessings redeemed from all earthly ills." To work out our salvation with fear and trembling is to take caution and show good stewardship of the gift of salvation that Christ has given to us purchased by His own blood.

The offering of salvation to us comes from an entirely different word. For example, look at Romans 10:9 "if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved." The word saved comes from the word, sozo, which means to rescue from danger or destruction or to heal, restore and save from perishing. Salvation is a free gift through faith, received by trusting completely in the work Jesus Christ has already done through His life, death and resurrection.

The principle taught here in scripture is that the gift is free and cannot be earned, but that does not mean it came without a cost. It was laid to our account without charge, but it came at a heavy cost by the suffering of Jesus Christ on our behalf. To take lightly the price He paid is a sin. That gift must be received by faith and then valued with honor. This gift of salvation through grace was not provided as a license to sin, but as total justification so that we are no longer in bondage to sin, but our free to serve Christ without being driven blindly by our desires. I believe the purpose of this passage is to set our focus on the day of Christ when we will be judged ...

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