What does it mean to “work out your salvation”?
What it doesn’t mean
- It does not mean you need to work in order to be saved. Ephesians 2 clearly tells us that salvation is by grace through faith, not by works.
- It does not mean producing a salvation from an inward source. There is no “spark of divinity” within us that can produce righteousness. We need a Savior because we are infected by sin.
- It does not mean working to stay saved. The “fear and trembling” refers to reverence for God as Father and Savior, not a harsh master.
What it does mean
- It does mean to complete and carry salvation to its conclusion. It means that we are to grow and mature in the things of the Lord.
- It means letting salvation work its way through every part of you, surrendering and allowing God access to transform you.
- It changes everything – finances, purity, ethics, priorities. You must let this salvation take hold of your whole life.
When the Apostle Paul challenged us to “work out your salvation,” he called us to spiritual growth and maturity by allowing the salvation we have received to permeate every area of our lives.