SALVATION: Meaning Of "Work Out Your Salvation".

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"Therefore, my beloved, as you 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; for it is God who works in you both to will and to do for His good pleasure."
Philippians 2:12‭-‬13 NKJV

Many preachers have used the above quoted verse as an excuse for bringing the law of Moses back on the pulpit. They erroneously assert that we must work for our salvation. He did not say that. There is big difference between "work for your salvation" and "work out your salvation". Working for your salvation implies that you are trying to get the salvation you don't have by working for it whichever way; but working out your salvation indicates that the salvation is already yours and you must just bring it out.

 It is hermeneutical malpractice to quote verse 12 of chapter 2 of Philliapians and ignore verse 13 where the gist of the matter is. Paul is admonishing the brethren in Phillipi to cooperate with God who is working salvation inside them. They must work out what God is working in on the inside of them. It is not a working out that is divorced from God's divine energy of grace.

Our salvation in Christ was originally penned soteria in the Greek language which denotes deliverance,  preservation, and salvation; in our case it is deliverance from the power of death, preservation from the threat of death and salvation from death. We have been saved (infused with eternal life) and God wants to let the Godlife we recieved find expression though us. The righteousness and true holiness by which your new inner man was recreated must find expression on the outside as you cooperate with God's workings in you.

The Godlife working in you is supplying health and you must let that health affect your outside as well. Draw out with joy the peace of God, the life of God, the provision of God and everything that the finished work of Christ provides, from the well of salvation bubbling in you. This is the well Jesus said shall be you a well of water springing up into eternal life(John 4:14). Let the river flow out of your belly(innermost being) and water your outside world as God intended (John 7:38). It's flowing already just open the floodgates to every area of your life by saying yes to the flow.


With joy I draw out from the well of salvation in my Spirit every good thing God intended for me.

*All scripture quotations are taken from the New King James version of the Bible unless otherwise indicated.

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