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How can we be saved? Most religions state that good works are essential for a person’s salvation. On the contrary, Christianity has a different view. The Bible clearly teaches believers are saved through faith in Jesus Christ alone (Ephesians 2:8). Christians are not saved by good works, but we are saved for good works (Ephesians 2: 9–10).
In the Epistles to the Philippians, Paul reminded the believers to work out their own salvation with fear and trembling. At first glance, we might think it is about salvation by good works. In fact, Paul told the believers to work out the salvation God had already given them. The beautiful thing is that Christians are partners with God. God is working in believers and He gives them the desire and the power to do what pleases Him (Philippians 2:12–13). Let’s ponder the teaching of Paul.
12So then, my dear friends, just as you have always obeyed, not only in my presence, but now even more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling. 13For it is God who is working in you, enabling you both to desire and to work out His good purpose. (Philippians 2:12–13 HCSB)
Let’s pose a question to God. “God, can You help me to live out the Gospel for You?”
Let’s practice what you learnt. Pray that God’s Spirit would strengthen you in living out His Gospel.
Let’s proclaim to others about your experiential knowledge. Share with a believer about the ups and downs that you had in living out the Gospel.