Coming out of the first part of this chapter we read about the mindset of Jesus and we see characteristics of who He is. It is a clear description of Jesus coming to earth for the purpose of our salvation. But as we move into verses 12-18 it almost seems like the salvation that is talked about in the previous verses have to be earned. People all over the world and in all different religions and belief systems live a life of uncertainty because they believe that they must work in order to gain salvation.
Verse 12 says to continue to work out your salvation. Please don’t be mistaken, this does not mean that you have to work for salvation or that you can lose your salvation if you do not do enough. Christians do not live in a constant state of fear because we do not know what the outcome will be; we live in a constant state of joy because we know what the outcome of the cross was.
But even though God planned for and initiated the work of our salvation, He calls us to respond to His grace. The work of salvation though finished on the cross, is still being completed in us. This is the process of sanctification, which is us being made more like Jesus. God’s grace is fully accomplished in our lives as we learn to follow Jesus and acknowledging His call by our surrender and obedience to Him. Working out our salvation is the act of continual obedience. This was the example that Jesus gave as He was obedient even to death on the cross.
By: Dakota Gragg — Student Ministry Associate