2009-10-24 - Your Salvation
Philippians 2:12, Work out your own salvation.
There is nothing that concerns us more than this topic. Be sure of many things, but first be sure of this. Are you redeemed? Do you have an interest in the things of Christ? Has He taken your sins upon Himself on the cross? If you cannot answer yes to these questions, the admonition of Holy Spirit through the Apostle Paul is to work out your salvation with fear and trembling. It may seem like I am asking you to be selfish, but what I am pleading is that you carry out the one selfish act that will allow you to be unselfish.
As we give attention to this let us first consider that salvation saves us from the guilt of our sins. All of us have sinned. Scripture tells us this, For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, Romans 3:23. In addition to the Bible, our own conscience tells us that we are have done wrong. Our sins are against a holy God. Salvation in Christ blots them out. Is it any wonder that we must work out our own salvation?
A practical implication for us is that salvation saves us from the power of sin. Many of us are in bondage to sin, and the problem is that we like the bondage. Sin has an enticing aspect about it. It is powerful, and it is not easily subdued. The Atonement of Christ for sin, for all those who come to faith in Christ, breaks the power of sin and imparts a new living principle in the heart of the believer. How many of us love our sins? If you are united to Christ, you cannot love your sin. Christ has given you new principles, and has subdued, even destroyed, the power that sin has over the believer.
Salvation also delivers us from the present and future wrath of God. Did you catch that? Salvation delivers from the present wrath of God. We talk a lot about the future wrath of God. He will execute His wrath on all those who finally reject Christ and die outside of Christ. We know that to die without salvation is to know damnation, but do we consider that those who are presently living outside of Christ are also now under the wrath of God? God is angry with the wicked every day, Psalm 7:11 (KJV). We are not in a state of probation. If you have not believed into Christ, then you live under a status of condemnation each and every day. You may not experience the full wrath of God right now, but your condemnation as long as you remain outside of Christ remains recorded in Heaven.
Is it any wonder that I admonish us all to take some time of reflection, and look to work out your salvation with fear and trembling? We will take a further look at this in part two, next time.
Soli Deo Gloria,