The Aim of this devotional study is to grow in understanding and appreciation for our salvation in Jesus Christ.
5 Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus, 6 who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, 7 but emptied himself, by taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men.
8 And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross. 9 Therefore God has highly exalted him and bestowed on him the name that is above every name, 10 so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, 11 and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.
12 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, 13 for it is God who works in you, both to will and to work for his good pleasure.
- The gospel (according to Paul, refer 1 Cor 15) is simply the announcement of how God dealt with our separation from him (resulting in our sinful depravity and pending death) by giving his Son as a substation for our punishment and death, and subsequent victory over sin and death. Look at this text and write down what you can see about the gospel (“good news”) of our salvation.
- Some say that salvation is an event, other says it’s a process. What would you answer them out of this text?
- Some say that salvation is by faith only, other ay you have to do something. What would you answer them out of this text?
- Some say that God saves us, others say that we need to work with God. What would you answer them out of this text?
- In reference to the immediate context, what was Paul referring to “continue to work out your salvation with fear and trembling”?
- If someone asked you “how should I work out my salvation?” – what would you answer them?
- In a very practical, day-to-day way – how do you “work our your salvation”? And what aspect of your salvation are you working out at the moment? (Consider also what is the Lord busy with regarding your salvation?)
Thank the Lord that He “is always at work in us, giving you the desire and ability to fulfill his will” [Phil 2:13, NIV translation]. And ask Him what is busy with in your life – pray about that.