555 Difficult Bible Questions Answered

524. What Are We to Understand by "Work Out Your Own Salvation"?

Grace is inactive without our will, hence the order as to "work." "Fear and trembling" simply mean the holy reverence which accompanies obedience (see Eph. I 6:5; I Cor. 2:3; II Cor. 7:15); not slavish fear, like the terror of a mind in danger of condemnation, but 1 anxiety to do what the Lord would have us do, and ; the realization that our own merits are insufficient and 1 we must trust him to give strength for our weakness. The last clause of the sentence (verse 14) confirms this interpretation.