Philippians 2: 12 [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.
A lot of people have misunderstood and misinterpreted “WORK OUT YOUR SALVATION” to mean “WORK FOR YOUR SALVATION”. They are two different things with different meaning.
What they read is “work out” but what it means to them is “work for”. It is totally different. I once saw things like that many years ago.
The word “work out” in the scripture above is translated from the Greek word “katergazomai” which comes from two Greek words “kater” and “gazomai”.
“Gazomai” means “TO WORK” and “Kater” means “ACCORDING TO”. If you put it together, you will find out that “WORK OUT” actually means “TO WORK ACCORDING TO” in the original context. The truth is we are not “working anything out”, we are only “working according to what is in us”.
It actually means to “bring out the works of your salvation”, and we can only “bring it out”or “show if forth” because we have been created unto good works in the first place. We have already been made God’s handiwork [Read Ephesians 2: 10 KJV]
It does not mean “to work towards it or work for it”, but “to work according to it”. They are two different things.
Then Paul concludes in Philippians 2 vs 13 [KJV] – For it is God who works in you, both to will and to do of his good pleasure.
It is God working in us; whatever we show forth is a result of what is already given to us.
We are only working in accordance to what God has worked out and done in us and what He is still working in us. We work it out because we have the very source of what was worked on the inside of us, and this is done with reverence, worship, respect and awe.
CONFESSION – I am a new creation in Christ Jesus made for good works after the counsel of God’s own will. I am working in accordance to everything God has wrought in me Christ Jesus. I live always in reverence and awe of this glorious invested in me by the Father. Glory to God!