“My beloved…work out your own salvation with fear and trembling,” is Paul’s exhortation in our passage for this week. Paul is certainly not telling believers to work for our salvation but to work out what God has already put inside us. (“For I have been have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me,” Gal. 2:20). Paul is writing on the doctrine of sanctification, the believer’s growth in holiness. But Paul doesn’t stop there. He continues, “…for it is God who works in you, both to will and to work for His good pleasure.” This may lead us to ask, which is it – God or man who works out our salvation? The answer is yes. Progressive sanctification isn’t something we do in our own strength or passivity. It is God-dependent exertion as we battle the world, the flesh and the devil, grow more in love with our Lord and Savior, and become more conformed to the image of His Son.
Mr. Ladd Lesh, Pastoral Intern