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Working Out What God is Working In

We are justified by faith alone; but that faith, if it is genuine, never stands alone. It always brings forth a change of nature and therefore a growing change of works/lifestyle (James 2:14-17, 26). This is the ongoing work of our sanctification. It is also by faith and a work of the Spirit, not our flesh (Gal 3:3-4). And so we are to pursue holiness, not as an act of our individual will (or we are doomed), but as children of grace in whom the Holy Spirit resides. We are to put on the Lord Jesus and make no provision for the flesh (Rom 13:14), growing in the virtues of our faith (2 Pet 1:5-7). However, we do this as free men and women, set free by the Spirit of life (Rom 8:2), keeping in step with the Spirit in us (Gal 5:25). This, then, is how we are to understand the commands and promises of Phil 2:12-13, “…work out your own salvation with fear and trembling; for it is God who works in you both to will and to do according to His good pleasure.” – (HT – David Wells, “God in the Whirlwind”).

Posted on Tuesday, October 28, 2014 by Pastor Dave Hatcher