Friday, July 6, 2018
Does Philippians 2:12 Nullify "Faith Alone?"
Notice that this verse says "work out," not "work for" your salvation. People who have genuine faith in Christ will by definition be doing good works through the transforming power of the Holy Spirit (Ephesians 2:10). Thus, Christians are able to "work out" their salvation.
Works are the product, not the cause, of our justification. Philippians 2:12 does not address justification, but rather speaks of sanctification. See also Philippians 2:13.
This passage of Scripture is speaking of growth in the Christian walk. Sanctification is an ongoing process that requires human excretion.
The phrase "fear and trembling" indicates a mindset of awe and reverence toward God. It does not denote uncertainty of our standing before God in Christ. We ought to respect Him because He is holy.