Humanity’s need of salvation was met by Jesus when He gave Himself for us, and what follows after salvation is then living that good news.
Christ clothes us in salvation, and there is nothing we have done or could do to merit that. His sacrifice of dying on the cross was the only thing that could ever be enough to redeem humanity back to God (Hebrews 10:10). It was the highest act of love, and we are so graciously bestowed with it as God’s children. All our works and good intentions mean absolutely nothing in light of the cross of Jesus.
Life truly begins upon receiving this wondrous salvation. God’s desire is for us to run with the same fiery devotion to Christ that ignited us in the first place.
Far be it from us to return to our old way of life, for we have been made new. Our lives are to be luminous lights that help in introducing the Gospel to the rest of the world.
In Philippians 2:12, the apostle Paul tells the church to “continue to work out your salvation with fear and trembling.” This is not saying we earn salvation through our deeds (we already covered that), but what it is saying is that we are to pursue God through our everyday lives and let Him work in us as He pleases. Our lives of love for God should reflect in our love for people.
“Our works are not decisive in our salvation. They are evidence of God’s saving work in us.”
~ John Bloom
The Greek translation of “work out” means to bring to fruition and the one of “fear” means respect or reverence. Letting God complete His plan in us leads to a life of fulfillment. He is our King, God, and Saviour, so what lifestyle can we live other than one that reveres Him for those attributes?
In the same light, “trembling” refers to a weakness such as that causes us to depend completely on God.
This calling to holiness is a high one, but not an unattainable one. “What is impossible with man is possible with God.” Luke 18:27
Why wouldn’t you put your life in the hands of the One who created it in the first place? He knows what He is doing, and He handles everything with grace.