'BEFORE THE MOUNTAINS WERE BROUGHT FORTH, OR EVER THOU HADST FORMED THE EARTH AND THE WORLD, FROM EVERLASTING TO EVERLASTING THOU ART GOD.' [KJV PSALM 90:2]
6/7/2020 0 Comments
Welcome back my friends, after the 'remembrance' of the most outstanding 'act of love' God did for whosoever calls upon Him in repentance unto salvation - The Remembrance of the Death, Burial, Resurrection and Ascension of Our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.
Please review the 'series' The Last Week in the Life of Jesus Christ, Special Devotions, Week Post A-1, Sunday, April 5, 2020 - Sunday, April 12, 2020.
Now, in our post on March 15, 2020, [also used for March 29, 2020], we started to study Second Peter 3:18 which told us to “grow in the grace and knowledge of the Lord Jesus Christ.”
Thank you for returning after the 'review' of all previously posted in this 'series' as given in Post A11-May 31, 2020. Let's continue our series, as I promised, with some final posts dissecting what is further meant by this matter. Then, before we are finished, I want to post a few posts with some passages of Holy Bible Scriptures for your prayerful meditation and memorization on 'the milk and meat' of the word that I believe will be most helpful.
Now, continuing from April 19, 2020; April 26, 2020; May 10, 17, 24, 31, 2020.
We learned in our post on April 24, 2020 that we are to 'work 0ut what has been worked in us', [Philippians 2:12-13], as lived by and explained by Our Lord and Savior to wit: Our 'beatitudes', found in Matthew 5-7, specifically Matthew 5:2-16. [The entire 'sermon on the Mount includes the whole section Matthew 5-7.]
What does the Apostle Paul mean, 'work out our salvation' from Philippians 2:12-13? Part 1.
Paul can hardly be encouraging believers to live in a continuous condition of nervousness and anxiety. That would contradict his many other exhortations to peace of mind, courage, and confidence in the God who authors our salvation. Exploring the Greek word translated "fear" in this context we find can equally mean "reverence" or "respect." Paul uses the same phrase in (2 Corinthians 7:15) where he refers to Titus as being encouraged by the Corinthians’ reception of him “with fear and trembling,” that is, with great humility and respect for his position as a minister of the gospel of Jesus Christ. Paul himself came to the Corinthian church in “weakness and fear, and with much trembling” (1 Corinthians 2:3), mindful of the great and awesome nature of the work in which he was engaged. audio-bible.com/bible/bible.html
The sense in which we are to 'work out our salvation in fear and trembling' is twofold.
First, the Greek verb rendered “work out” means "to continually work to bring something to completion or fruition." We do this by actively pursuing obedience to the 'leading and guidance' of the Indwelling Holy Spirit in the process of sanctification, which Paul explains further in the next chapter of Philippians. He describes himself as “straining” and “pressing on” toward the goal of Christlikeness (Philippians 3:13-14). We fight against our 'own way and will', just like Jesus in such as 'Gethsemane'. ['Not my will, but thy will be done.' Luke 22:42] audio-bible.com/bible/bible.html
The “trembling” he experiences is the attitude Christians are to have in pursuing this goal—a healthy fear of offending God through disobedience and an awe and respect for His majesty and holiness. "Trembling" can also refer to a shaking due to weakness, but this is a weakness of higher purpose, one which brings us to a state of dependency on God. Obedience and submission to the God we revere and respect is our “reasonable service” (Romans 12:1-2) and brings great joy. Psalm 2:11 sums it up perfectly: “Serve the LORD with fear and rejoice with trembling.” audio-bible.com/bible/bible.html
We 'work out' our salvation by going to and submitting to the very source of our salvation—the Word of God—the Living Word through the Indwelling Holy Spirit - wherein we renew our hearts and minds
(Romans 12:1-2), coming into His presence with a spirit of reverence and awe, and, 'submission'.
Therefore, as we will continue to 'grow in the grace' and 'knowledge of the Lord'; we must move from 'milk' to 'meat'; that is from the 'basics' of our relationship to a more 'deeper relationship', more 'intimate' and REAL. We will share this 'second' phase of 'working out our salvation with fear and trembling' as we return this afternoon. Thank you for returning. Amen. Amen.
Take your time, my friends. 'Feast on all the Scriptures'. Pull aside. Pray, 'Father God, here is your servant, listening, waiting for You to speak. Speak Lord, give me understanding and directions for my life, for my duty, this day.' Amen. Amen.
On our next post, Part 2, let's see some 'examples' of 'the power' of some who are 'submitted' to the Holy Spirit and allowing Him to 'manifest Himself' in their life reflecting 'growth' in 'the grace' and 'knowledge of the Lord'.
As the Lord wills, we shall continue through Sundays, June 14 and 21, 2020, seeing examples from the lives of both, Peter and Paul. You see, it is for 'all believers' in Jesus Christ to be 'empowered by the Holy Spirit' to accomplish God's plan and purpose for their lives, for His Glory, for their 'good'. God is not partial.
[Deuteronomy 10:17; Job 34:19; 36:5; Psalm 62:12; Jeremiah 9:25; Acts 2:6;3:25; 10:12, 34-35;15:9; Romans 2:9,11; 8:27-29; 10:12; 1 Corinthians 1:27; Galatians 2:6; Ephesians 6:9; James 1:17; 3:17; 1 Peter 1:17] Amen. Amen.
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