Wherefore, my beloved, as ye have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling.
For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure.
Do all things without murmurings and disputings:
That ye may be blameless and harmless, the sons of God, without rebuke, in the midst of a crooked and perverse nation, among whom ye shine as lights in the world;
Holding forth the word of life; that I may rejoice in the day of Christ, that I have not run in vain, neither laboured in vain.
Yea, and if I be offered upon the sacrifice and service of your faith, I joy, and rejoice with you all.
For the same cause also do ye joy, and rejoice with me.
But I trust in the Lord Jesus to send Timotheus shortly unto you, that I also may be of good comfort, when I know your state.
For I have no man likeminded, who will naturally care for your state.
For all seek their own, not the things which are Jesus Christ’s.
But ye know the proof of him, that, as a son with the father, he hath served with me in the gospel.
Him therefore I hope to send presently, so soon as I shall see how it will go with me.
But I trust in the Lord that I also myself shall come shortly.
Yet I supposed it necessary to send to you Epaphroditus, my brother, and companion in labour, and fellowsoldier, but your messenger, and he that ministered to my wants.
For he longed after you all, and was full of heaviness, because that ye had heard that he had been sick.
For indeed he was sick nigh unto death: but God had mercy on him; and not on him only, but on me also, lest I should have sorrow upon sorrow.
I sent him therefore the more carefully, that, when ye see him again, ye may rejoice, and that I may be the less sorrowful.
Receive him therefore in the Lord with all gladness; and hold such in reputation:
Because for the work of Christ he was nigh unto death, not regarding his life, to supply your lack of service toward me.
What does “to work out your salvation” mean in this passage? We know that it certainly does not mean that you can earn your way to heaven because that would contradict what Paul taught in the book of Romans and several other places in his writings. A close look at verse 13 explains Paul’s meaning and gives us one of the greatest promises in all of Scripture. Paul tells the Philippians to work out in their lives the results of their salvation. That is, to make sure that their lives were demonstrating fruit from their salvation. Why could he expect them to be able to see the results in their lives? Because, according to verse 13, “it is God who works in you to will,” the want to, “and to act,” the ability to carry it out, “according to His good pleasure.” In other words, it is God who gives you the desire to do what is right and the ability to carry it out. Success in the Christian life is possible for everyone who is saved. If you want to be more faithful in your devotions or in sharing Christ, ask God to give you the will and the ability to. In what area of your life right now do you need the will to do what is right? Start by asking God to give it to you.
Observation: What do I see?
Interpretation: What does it mean?
Application: How does it apply to me?
Implementation: What do I do?