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Work Out Your Salvation - 06/29/2013
So then, my dear friends, just as you have always obeyed, not only in my presence, but now even more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling. For it is God who is working in you, enabling you both to desire and to work out His good purpose. -Phil 2:12-13 It is easy to misunderstand these verses. On the face of it, it appears that our salvation is dependent upon our obedience and on our working for our salvation. But then, with that understanding, the next sentence is confusing. "For it is God who is working in you". Even deeper, it says "enabling you both to desire and to work out His good purpose". Let me put these two verses in context of the rest of Philippians 2. Paul begins by talking about the unity of fellowship in Christ that Christians have. That we would work together in harmony and in humility. The Paul lays out an example. And like all good preachers, he points to the example of Jesus. But he says something extraordinary about Jesus! Something we've gotten so used to hearing that I don't think we get it sometimes. He says that Jesus was in the form of God, but didn't take advantage of being God's equal. Now the phrase "in the form of God" is actually a single word in the Greek. A word where we get the word "morph" or "metamorphosis". In the best words that Paul can use he is say that Jesus was just like God and equal to God. It's the nearly the closest way to explain two persons of the trinity before the concept had a name. But then eve...

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