So then, my beloved, even 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. Working out our own salvation with fear and trembling is something for which we ourselves must take responsibility. If we do not take the responsibility, we shall be lopsided in our Christian life. Christ has indeed died for us, shed His blood for us, been resurrected and ascended for us. Yet some people infer from this that such being the case, they have nothing to do but to worship. And thus they become absolutely passive. They feel no need for prayer or Bible reading or consecration. Let it be known, however, that since God has done all for us, we need to be even more zealous. Because God has already worked in, we must work it out.
Very well said. Consecration and holiness have been missing from the pulpit and God has been doing a mighty work in me with this area. Sometimes the way sanctification is explained or taught on in this day almost completely eliminates our need to do anything as you have already said, but that's not what scripture states. God gives us the power(Grace)but we must receive it and apply it. Thanks for sharing, rnieman
Amen and Amen! How many have been robbed of their reward by piously stating "God does it all so that only he receives the glory".What God works with-IN we have to work OUT.