God Who Works In You / Obeying or Rejecting the Light / Becoming Sons of God

(Philippians 2:12 [Webster])
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.
(Philippians 2:13 [Webster])
For it is God who worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure.

Who is Paul speaking to? Paul is speaking to Christians, not all men.

(Philippians 1:1 [Webster])
Paul and Timothy, the servants of Jesus Christ, to all the saints in Christ Jesus who are at Philippi, with the bishops and deacons:

Some things I see by Paul’s words here. I am looking at, “work out your own salvation with fear and trembling. For it is God who worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure.”

Why did Paul say we need to work out our own salvation with fear and trembling?

1) “For it is God who worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure.” He wants us to soberly and seriously consider what a serious thing it is to have God working in us. What a fearful thing to have the Holy One, the Lord of righteousness working in us and to doubt or to be flippant of it. It is one thing for an unregenerate to disobey God. It is quite another thing to resist God who works in you! For those who are in darkness to sin and disobey brings one sort of judgment. But for those who have much light, to reject it, quite a more severe judgment is held in store for them.

2) It is possible not to work out our own salvation. Why would Paul emphasize this so earnestly? He gives it the force of adding that it is GOD who works in us to make sure we know how serious this is. If it were not possible to do the opposite and not work out our salvation then Paul would have no need to stress this point. Saints of Christ on the earth have a choice to serve either Christ and be subject to the divine nature or serve themselves in disobedience.

3) We have no excuse for sinning. We have no excuse for a weak will. “For it is God who worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure.” God is at work, giving us the will toward obedience to the things of God. No longer do we need to be overpowered by the unaided human will. I do not intend to say that without the aid/grace of God which is peculiar to the saints that man can not obey God. I intend that it now is not as difficult and by exercising our will toward God we will become more and more adept at sanctification and at maintaining a state of it. I intend that our propensities are now more inclined toward God than the unregenerate. Not that the old propensities are not there, and not that they can not be stirred up by choices made to satisfy them. But now we have God at work in us. Now we partake of the divine nature. Now we can do what we will, when we will to do the will of God, and by diligently exercising our choices toward God, the old propensities fade and we are filled with new and holy inclinations toward righteousness and obedience to God.

4) God is enabling us to do His will. This is very important. We can not sit back and merely say Jesus gave me His righteousness while we show no evidence of it in our deeds and behavior. He who does righteousness is righteous and he who does unrighteousness is unrighteous.

(1 John 2:29 [Webster])
If ye know that he is righteous ye know that every one that doeth righteousness is born of him.
(1 John 3:7 [Webster])
Little children, let no man deceive you: he that doeth righteousness is righteous, even as he is righteous.
(1 John 3:10 [Webster])
In this the children of God are manifest, and the children of the devil: whoever doeth not righteousness is not of God, neither he that loveth not his brother.

5) That God is working in us both to will and to do of His good pleasure has been stated by the Apostle John in different terms.

(John 1:12 [Webster])
But as many as received him, to them he gave power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name:

(John 1:13 [Webster])
Who were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.
Power to become the sons of God.

God made man “Good” and man did not maintain that goodness but brought forth evil by exercising his choice in disobedience to God. When ever we exercise our choice in disobedience to God, we bring forth evil, we sin.

Christ atoned for that sin, making us clean, forgiving our sins. For those who believe and receive Christ and are born again, they start out new and fresh as a “Good” creation of God.

(2 Corinthians 5:17 [Webster])
Therefore, if any man is in Christ, he is a new creature: old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.

They are now partakers of the divine nature of God. “For it is God who worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure.” Our obligation is to maintain that good thing God has done with us by exercising our will, our choice toward Him and away from the old man, the old appetites, desires and lusts etc.

(2 Peter 1:3 [AKJV])
According as his divine power has given to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that has called us to glory and virtue:
(2 Peter 1:4 [AKJV])
Whereby are given to us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these you might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.
(2 Corinthians 7:1 [Webster])
Having therefore these promises, dearly beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God.

We can see, holiness is not a passive thing where we sit back and merely believe that we are now holy or sanctified by an imputed righteousness that has no visible and practical evidence.

Men must be born again. Men must see their need for a savior in Jesus Christ. Men must know that they are enemies of God and sinners who are lost without remedy apart from the atonement of Jesus Christ and the operation of God in their heart to enable them to walk the Highway of Holiness and do the pleasure of God and not carnal man.

(Hebrews 12:14 [Webster])
Follow peace with all men, and holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord:

Why do men reject Christ? Because of their sin nature? No. Because their deeds are evil. Remember that by exercising our choice in disobedience to God, we bring forth evil. Man is not condemned for an involuntary sin nature, man is condemned for His evil deeds which consist of a choice which is against God’s will. See what the Apostle John said about it.

(John 3:17 [Webster])
For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through him may be saved.
(John 3:18 [Webster])
He that believeth on him, is not condemned: but he that believeth not, is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only-begotten Son of God.
(John 3:19 [Webster])
And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men have loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil.

(John 3:20 [Webster])
For every one that doeth evil hateth the light, neither cometh to the light, lest his deeds should be reproved.
(John 3:21 [Webster])
But he that doeth truth, cometh to the light, that his deeds may be made manifest, that they are wrought in God.

We see that our condemnation is already upon us as those who are unregenerate. John says men are condemned for not believing on the Lord Jesus Christ. God sent His son to save us, ransom us, redeem us, reconcile us to Him. John 3:17,18

Man ‘will’ not, as in doesn’t want to, or does not, come to God through Christ because his deeds are evil. He’s guilty not because he has a sin nature but because he has done evil, because he chose to love darkness rather than light, because his deeds are evil. He confounds it by making the absolute worst choice possible in that he refuses the offer of God, Jesus Christ, and the reconciliation through Him. He exercises his choice not toward or “in” God but toward disobedience which means certain death. By choice in disobedience to God comes sin and by sin comes death. John 3:19,20

For those who obey the truth and believe, they come to God through Jesus Christ. Their sins are washed clean. Their deeds are wrought, (fashioned) in God. That is, their choice, their deeds are fastened upon and focused upon God and in obedience to Him and His will thereby making them alive unto God and dead to sin. John 3:21

Man is able to obey God but doesn’t. Man is guilty before God and subject to wrath. Jesus Christ came to make atonement for our sins so we do not have to suffer the wrath of God. Man is guilty for sins committed, not for an involuntary nature. You can not be guilty for something you have no power over. Man has been given the power to make choices between obeying or not obeying God. All man’s choices are deliberately made by him. He is responsible to God for every choice.

Sin and evil are found in making a choice against the will of God. The result is death. Only the cross of Jesus Christ can remedy man’s hopeless state. No sin can be uncommitted. It must be punished or pardoned. For the unbeliever sin is punished and hell and the lake of fire is the eternal destination for these. Because their deeds were evil and they refused the Lord’s pardon in Jesus Christ. For the believer and the obedient, their sins are pardoned and atoned for by Christ such that they will never see the wrath of God but will be granted eternity in incorruption with Christ in glory.

(1 Corinthians 15:54 [AKJV])
So when this corruptible shall have put on incorruption, and this mortal shall have put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written, Death is swallowed up in victory.
(1 Thessalonians 1:9 [Webster])
For they themselves show of us what manner of entrance we had to you, and how ye turned to God from idols, to serve the living and true God;

(1 Thessalonians 1:10 [Webster])
And to wait for his Son from heaven, whom he raised from the dead, even Jesus, who delivered us from the wrath to come.

God is at work in the Saint and God is at work on behalf of the sinner. The greatest sin is to reject the greatest Light. Saint of God, do not resist, do not reject, do not disobey the Light of God, God who is working in you! Sinner, do not resist, do not reject, do not disobey, the Light which is Christ who came to save you and reconcile you to God!

(John 1:12 [Webster])
But as many as received him, to them he gave power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name:
(John 1:13 [Webster])
Who were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.
(John 3:3 [Webster])
Jesus answered and said to him, Verily, verily, I say to thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.

God Bless you In Jesus Name, Amen.

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