TEXT: Phil 2:12
Wherefore, my beloved, 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.
Many people misapply this scripture. They are at loss whether the work of salvation done by Jesus was complete or not. You see, Man is a spirit. The devil targeted this spirit and disconnected him from, the source of his life through sin. That’s what God calls death. God warned Adam against it. He said, ”for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die.” (Gen. 3:17) Adam died just as God warned. The effect was that Adam could no longer stand the presence of God. He fled and ran from the sound of His coming (Gen. 3:8-10) Jesus gave His divine life to reconnect us so that as many as believe in Jesus may be reconnected to this Eternal Life (John 3:16). This salvation from death was perfected by Jesus. It does not need your impute. Just believe and be saved.
Now man has a soul with which man receives, responds and react to information as well as expresses himself. This soul can be trained by association. This soul which includes his mind, will and emotion got corrupted because he built an association with the devil. So he imbibed the devil’s will, words and lust (John 8:44) But now that you are born again and can now fellowship with God through His Word and by His Spirit in you. This is referred to as the salvation or the redemption of your soul.
The instrument for this redemption is the Word of God for ”The law of Jehovah is perfect, restoring the soul” (Psalms 19:7). So by listening to and doing what God says, you will unlearn the bad behaviors and habits you have learnt in your old life which you lived in association with the devil. Do you notice a wrong behavior like anger, malice, lust, pornography, fornication, drunkenness, smoking, etc.? That does not mean you are not saved if you have been born again. It only means your soul needs transformation. Constant reading, meditating on and doing God’s word will help you unlearn those wrong habits. The bible says
“How can a young person maintain a pure life? By guarding it according to your [God’s] instructions!”
By doing the word of God, you will unlearn satan’s evil character and learn the character of Jesus—yes you’d develop the mind of Christ.
Now this is the salvation–the salvation of your soul—in which God wants you to be actively involved. It is your responsibility. God will not read your bible for you. You have to be disciplined enough to study your bible, pray and obey the word of God. God want you to be very serious about it as a mark of reverence for him. (Phil 2:12). We are to give all diligence to and be actively involved in this process because we reverence God who wants us to change our character from that of the devil to His own.
- Thank you Father for I am saved, not by works but by your Grace through faith in Christ.
- Thank you Father for giving me the instrument with which I can transform my character and become more and more like Christ in my mind and behavior
- Father, I receive grace to work out my salvation with fear and trembling. I receive grace to study God’s word and to walk in perfect obedience of the Word of God.
- I declare that I am saved and I can do all things that God speaks to me to do in Jesus Name.
- I declare that I am transformed as I ready and study the world of God.
- Pray for God’s Church and me too.