A lot of people have misunderstood and misinterpreted “WORK OUT YOUR SALVATION” to mean “WORK FOR YOUR SALVATION” in Philippians 2: 12 [KJV]
What they read is “work out” but what it means to them is “work for”. It is totally different. I once saw things like that many years ago.
The word “work out” is the Greek word “katergazomai” which comes from two Greek words “kater” and “gazomai”. “Gazomai” means “TO WORK” and “Kater” means “ACCORDING TO”.
If you put it together, you will find out that “WORK OUT” means “TO WORK ACCORDING TO”. We are not “working anything out”, we are only “working according to what is in us”.
It actually means to “bring out the works of your salvation”, and we can only “bring it out” because we have been created unto good works in the first place. We are God’s handiwork [Ephesians 2: 10 KJV]
It does not mean “to work towards it or work for it”, but “to work according to it”. They are two different things.
Then Paul concludes in Philippians 2 vs 13 [KJV] – For it is God who works in you, both to will and to do of his good pleasure.
We are only working in accordance to what God has worked out and done in us [And He is still working in us]. We work it out because we have the very source of what was worked/wrought on the inside of us, and this is done with reverence, respect and awe.
Grace to your heart!
*** CONFESSION – I am a new creation in Christ Jesus made for good works after the counsel of God’s own will. I am working in accordance with everything God has wrought in me Christ Jesus. I am always pleasing to the Father. Glory to God!
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