Philippians 2:12-15

–              Our Opening Text is…Easily Misunderstood… so we must be careful to consult the rest of the Scriptures to ensure we handle the Word Rightly

Phil 2:12              Therefore, my beloved, as you have always obeyed, so now, not only as in my presence but much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling…

–              Is our Salvation a Work in our Power?

Eph 2:8,9             For by grace you have been saved  through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, 9 not a result of works, so that no one may boast.

Eze 36:26,27       And I will give you a new heart, and a new spirit I will put within you. And I will remove the heart of stone from your flesh and give you a heart of flesh. 27 And I will put my Spirit within you, and cause you to walk in my statutes…

–              We are Saved by Grace Alone…Human effort and will plays no part in our being saved…

Rom 9:16             So then it depends not on human will or exertion, but on God, who has mercy.

–              What then does “work out your own salvation with fear and trembling”  mean?

–              it means that we are to exert effort and plan and be diligent in the Lord’s power as we walk in this world…   we are to be Active and Purposeful in His Power as we live in the World…

–              Back to the concept of Active Prayer…We are to be Active in Prayer…

Upon completing a prayer asking for Grace, we should get up and live in view of that prayer

–              If we ask for Grace to be Obedient…we should get up off of our knees determined to be obedient and we should exert effort to be obedient in the Lord’s Power

–              If we ask for Grace to Proclaim God’s Excellencies to a Loved one…we should get up off of our knees and make a plan as to who we will bless and how we will bless them… we are to exert effort to have the follow-through be that blessing, trusting in the Lord’s Power the whole time

–              The Work in view here is the Lord Working through us…and the passage is a reminder that as Christians we are Active in His power… planning, and exerting effort to be what He has called us to be…                      we are Laborers…

Eph 2:10              For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.

–              God’s Grace in Christ Activates us Towards Good Works in His Power…This is how God’s Love spreads into the World… through us as He uses us as His instruments of Grace….

What is the Result?

We and those around us are blessed and His Great Glory is Declared

–              We are to be Active in the Lord with “With Fear and Trembling.”  We should take great care of what we do in the Lord knowing how important our service in the Lord is and we should exert effort with great Respect and Reverence towards the Triune God whose Excellencies we declare…

–              He whom we Represent and Declare is the Infinite God of the Universe… we should walk in this world with Reverence and in Awe of the God who so Privileged us to be an Instrument of His Grace in His Power…         in it all, all Glory and Honor are His…

Phil 2:13              for it is God who works in you, both to will and to work for his good pleasure.

–              It is God who Gives us the Desire to…                              Love Him                               have Faith in Him

declare His Glory  to Worship           to be Obedient

–              It is God who Moves us to Act upon the desires He implants within us by His gracious Hand…

it is God then who is to be credited for all that is Good within us…

And God is Pleased to Bless us because He is Love…

Heb 13:20            may the Lord equip you in every good thing to do His will, working in us that which is pleasing in His sight, through Jesus Christ, to whom be the glory forever and ever. Amen

–              The Holy Spirit is Calling Us to…

– be Active in the Lord… – Depend upon His Power and Grace…

– Plan and Exert Effort to Love the Lord by Loving Others…

– Proclaim His Excellencies & Serve others,  that they would Know the Lord all the more…

–              We are to live this way both as the Body of Christ, laboring  together in the Lord’s Power…

Phil 2:14,15        Do all things without grumbling or disputing, 15 that you may be blameless and innocent, children of God without blemish in the midst of a crooked and twisted generation, among whom you shine as lights in the world…

–              We are to be “Lights in the World”… as Instruments of God’s Grace we are to be used as Vessels through whom God spreads His Love and Grace into the World… in this we are the Lights in the World of God’s Great Love and Grace…

–              Being a Light in the World is not something to be Proud of…for we did nothing to earn this privilege.   It is, however, something to be very, very thankful for… for God’s Grace in Christ and God’s Grace in Christ alone has made us His Instrument of Blessing…

–              How might we be changed by His Grace this day?

–              Pray that the Lord move us to dwell more fully upon His Word

–              Pray that God’s Grace would move us to be Active & make plans to be a blessing

–              Pray that the Lord give us the energy and carry-through to execute those plans…

–              May the Lord move us to recognize how privileged He has made us

–              May He move us to enjoy being His instrument of Grace

–              May the Lord move us to be a contented people who are Lights in World spreading His Love…

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