Work out not work for Pt.1 - Philippians 2:12-13

to carry out to the goal, to carry to its ultimate conclusion

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. 13 For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure.

God works salvation in us (Philippians 2:13) that is to say that when we get born again, the Lord deposits everything He accomplished through His death and resurrection in us. Then we have to work it out of our spirits and into the physical realm. It is a major step towards victory when we quit looking for our deliverance to come from the outside and start recognizing that it is already in us and we just need to get it out. It's not God's turn to move. He's already done His part.

Philippians 2:12: Here, the Philippians were encouraged by Paul to be faithful in his absence as they had been in his presence. Notice that he did not tell them to work for their salvation; rather, he told them to work out their salvation. Salvation is the gift of God. (Romans 6:23), and can only be received by faith. When we put our faith in Jesus as our Lord, God puts salvation and all its blessings in us, but we have to work it out.

The phrase "work out" was translated from the Greek verb "KATERGAZOMAI", and according to Wuest's Word Studies from the Greek New Testament, it means "'to carry out to the goal, to carry to its ultimate conclusion.' We say, 'The student worked out a problem in arithmetic.' That is, he carried the problem to its ultimate conclusion.

This is the way it is used here. The Lord not only gives us the ability to walk in total victory, but He also plants that desire in us Philippians 2:13.

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