Day 9 - Philippians 2:12-13

Work out your own salvation with fear and trembling. 13 For it is God who is working in you, enabling you both to desire and to work out His good purpose.


Philippians 2:12-13 is a Divine Dichotomy. What does that mean?
A dichotomy is two things that seem to contradict each other, but really don't.
They are both true.  

For example, God's love and God's holiness are a Divine Dichotomy. Because God is holy, God could easily pull away from us because of our sin and rebellion.
But because of God's love, God
desires us to be close. 

So how can God express both holy judgment and loving mercy?
The answer is the cross of Jesus. God's judgment against our sin and God's love for us are both expressed at the same time on the cross.

Here is the dichotomy of Philippians 2:12-13:
You are called to work out your own salvation
 (you do it!),
but then it is 
God who is doing the work in you (God does it!). 
So which is it? 
Are you saved because of what you do or because of what God does? The answer is… yes! 

God works and so do we. We work out what God has worked in.
God works to save us, and we work to live like people who are saved.

But even our work is really dependent on God, for God is working in us by the Holy Spirit to enable (empower) us to live a life worthy of those who have received salvation through faith in Christ.
It takes effort on our part to work out the daily obedience required to live like people who have been made new by the saving work of Christ. It's only because God has done His part that we can do ours!


This is the ninth in a series of daily postings on Philippians. You can start at the beginning by clicking here: 
Philippians 1:1