What does it mean to work out your own salvation? There are a couple of aspects that are immediately obvious from these scriptures today and those that precede these ones.
First, we are told to work out our own salvation, which means we need to do it for ourselves. No one else can do it for us. We must find the path to salvation and follow it ourselves. And we need to work at it to walk the right path.
Secondly, there will be fear and trembling because we are dealing with God. We must learn to respect, honour and worship Him if we are to receive salvation from Him. We cannot save ourselves but must rely on The Lord and God to save us. But there are ways we can do this as I will cover in this post.
What was it about Jesus that caused Him to be so loved by God and man? What were the things that led to Him receiving the highest praise and glory from men and angels?
And more importantly, we know that in Jesus we have an example to follow so that we too can enter God’s kingdom. So knowing this, what are the things we are to learn and do to receive the glory of Jesus?
Jesus came to teach mankind the path to the Father and to His eternal kingdom. In these few scriptures today we get an inkling of the great glory He received and an idea of what we too must do to receive those words all Christians want to hear, “Well done, good and faithful servant.”
In the last post, I looked at the fact that we need to be humble if we are to follow Christ. It is by humility that we come into the presence of God. The arrogant, proud and conceited will be excluded for those were the attitudes of Satan before he was kicked out of heaven.
In these verses today we see just how humble Jesus was when He first came to the earth. It was in His humility that we received the opportunity to be reconciled to God and to be able to stand in His presence.
There is also an interesting insight into the concept of the trinity found in these scriptures that we will examine today too.
Why does the Lord want His people to be of one mind in Christ? Why is it that God wants this sense of “oneness” with Him?
This scripture today looks at answering these very questions, and while we look at them we should consider the whole concept of being “one” both with Him and with each other.
This is an important subject because we are told that Jesus and the Father are one and that we need to be one with them. We are also told that we need to live in perfect harmony with each other, which essentially means we are one. So let us look at these issues now.