Philippians 2: 12 – 13 [KJV] – 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”, for it is God who worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure.
In this first part, we will examine what “FEAR and “TREMBLING” means as regards to the matters of salvation then we will consider what it means to work out your own salvation.
This portion of the scripture has been used by many to lure people into thinking that they can lose their salvation because of the use of choice words “fear and trembling”. Here, Paul was not putting the believer in a state of nervousness or timidity. The word “fear” translated in this context means “reverence or respect”.
Paul also uses the same word in 2 Corinthians 7:15 [KJV] – “And his inward affection is more abundant toward you, whilst he remembereth the obedience of you all, how with “FEAR AND TREMBLING” ye received him.
Also in 1 Corinthians 2: 3 [KJV] – And I was with you in weakness, and “IN FEAR, AND IN MUCH TREMBLING”
… Again in Psalm 2: 11 [KJV] – Serve the Lord with “FEAR, and rejoice with TREMBLING”.
None of the text above implies anxiety, nervousness or timidity. They all connote “reverence and respect”. In the matters of salvation, we live in reverence and awe of what God has wrought in/for us in Christ Jesus not in fear of what might happen to us if fail to meet up with some standards or demands. All the demands of justice have been met in Christ Jesus.
Romans 8: 15 [KJV] – For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father. In 2 Timothy 1: 7 [KJV] – For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.
CONFESSION – I serve the Lord with reverence and awe, not in timidity or nervousness or uncertainty. I know who I am in Christ Jesus. I am an offspring and a beloved of God in Christ Jesus. I am saved and secured, full of power, love and sound mind. Glory to God!