May 3, 2021
Therefore, my beloved, as you have always obeyed, so now, not only as in my presence but much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling, Philippians 2:12 ESV
Scripture maps a timeline regarding sin. First, we have been saved from the past penalty of sin. Christ offered himself to the Father as a substitute sacrifice to reconcile us to God. He has done it all for us—we can do nothing to add to his work (justification). Secondly, we are being saved from the present power of sin (which is what Paul is addressing here). Christ has given us the Holy Spirit to deliver us from the debilitating force of sin that would otherwise render us ineffective for kingdom work (sanctification). Lastly, we will be saved from the presence of sin for all eternity when Christ returns and makes all things new (glorification).
Thank you, Holy Father and Son, for giving us your Holy Spirit who is helping us work out our salvation from the present power of sin from glory to glory. Amen.
Rev. Gordon Green, M.Div., M.A. Counseling