Philippians 12d: Work out your own salvation with fear and trembling.
We need to take very seriously the salvation of our souls, through genuine faith in the Lord Jesus Christ.
We are assured in verse 13 that God faithfully, reliably, does the real work in the life of the believer.
13 For it is God which worketh in you both to will
and to do of his good pleasure.
We certainly are saved by faith, but we are exhorted
to be diligent to make sure.
2 Peter 1 gives a similar admonition.
the rather, brethren, give diligence to make your calling and election sure: for if ye do these things, ye shall never
so an entrance shall be ministered unto you abundantly into the everlasting kingdom of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.
A newborn baby will have a healthy appetite and will steadily gain weight
showing he or she is really alive.
Likewise genuine, healthy Christians will grow
in their faith and knowledge and service.
Getting to know the New Testament book of John VERY
WELL is really important to understanding.
The King James Bible is STILL the most reliable.
A study bible is good for help with the older words.
But I am convinced after
considerable study and comparison that the modern versions are corrupted.
1 If there be therefore any consolation in Christ,
if any comfort of love, if any fellowship of the Spirit, if any bowels and mercies,
2 Fulfil ye my joy, that ye be likeminded, having the same love,
being of one accord, of one mind.
nothing be done through strife or vainglory; but in lowliness of mind let each esteem other better than themselves.
4 Look not every man on his own things, but every
man also on the things of others.
this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus:
6 Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God:
7 But made himself of no reputation, and took upon
him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men:
8 And being found in fashion as a
man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross.
9 Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him
a name which is above every name:
at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth;
11 And that every tongue should confess that Jesus
Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.
12 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.
13 For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure.
14 Do all things without murmurings
ye may be blameless and harmless, the sons of God, without rebuke, in the midst of a crooked and perverse nation, among whom
ye shine as lights in the world;
forth the word of life; that I may rejoice in the day of Christ, that I have not run in vain, neither laboured in vain.
17 Yea, and if I be offered upon the sacrifice
and service of your faith, I joy, and rejoice with you all.
18 For the same cause also do ye joy, and rejoice with me.
19 But I trust in the Lord Jesus to send Timotheus shortly
unto you, that I also may be of good comfort, when I know your state.
20 For I have no man likeminded, who will naturally care for your state.
21 For all seek their own, not the things which
are Jesus Christ's.
22 But ye know the proof of him,
that, as a son with the father, he hath served with me in the gospel.
23 Him therefore I hope to send presently, so soon as I shall see how it will go
I trust in the Lord that I also myself shall come shortly.
25 Yet I supposed it necessary to send to you Epaphroditus, my brother, and companion
in labour, and fellowsoldier, but your messenger, and he that ministered to my wants.
26 For he longed after you all, and was full of heaviness,
because that ye had heard that he had been sick.
27 For indeed he was sick nigh unto death: but God had mercy on him; and not on him only, but
on me also, lest I should have sorrow upon sorrow.
28 I sent him therefore the more carefully, that, when ye see him again, ye may rejoice, and that
I may be the less sorrowful.
him therefore in the Lord with all gladness; and hold such in reputation:
30 Because for the work of Christ he was nigh unto death, not regarding his life,
to supply your lack of service toward me.