Philippians 2:12, 13 - Abiding in Christ and Cooperation in the Salvation Process.

Philippians 2:12, 13 - Abiding in Christ and Cooperation in the 
Salvation Process. 

Philippians 2:12, 13 (NKJV) Therefore, my beloved, as you 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 who works in you both to will and to do for His good pleasure. 

Philippians 2:12,13 (AMP) Therefore, my dear ones, as you have 
always obeyed [my suggestions], so now, not only [with the enthusiasm 
you would show] in my presence but much more because I am absent, 
work out (cultivate, carry out to the goal, and fully complete) your 
own salvation with reverence and awe and trembling (self-distrust, 
with serious caution, tenderness of conscience, watchfulness against 
temptation, timidly shrinking from whatever might offend God and discredit 
the name of Christ).  [Not in your own strength] for it is God Who 
is all the while effectually at work in you [energizing and 
creating in you the power and desire], both to will and to work for His 
good pleasure and satisfaction and delight. 


These verses must be read together for a proper understanding... A 
"works salvation" is not being taught. The idea is to progress to the 
finish or completion in spiritual growth and maturity. This process is 
what the Bible calls "sanctification." It should be noted that v. 12 
makes it clear we are to be active, not passive, in this process. 
However, though we are active, we are not alone. Verse 13 reminds us 
again that the entire salvation process is the work of a sovereign God 
and the result of His grace. "For it is God who works in you" is the 
ultimate ground and basis for our salvation. [Believer's SB] 

The Lord does not propose to perform for us either the willing 
or the doing. This is our proper work. As soon as we earnestly 
enter upon the work, God's grace is given to work in us to will and to 
do, but never as a substitute for our effort. Our souls are to be 
aroused to cooperate. TM240 

Herein is revealed the outworking of the divine principle of 
co-operation, without which no true success can be attained. Human effort 
avails nothing without divine power; and without human endeavor, divine 
effort is with many of no avail. To make God's grace our own, we must 
act our part. His grace is given to work in us to will and to do, 
but never as a substitute for our effort. PK486 [Remnant SB] 

Christians allow God to work in them. The flesh cannot "work up" 
humility or dedication; this must come from within by the power of the 
Spirit. God works in us before He works through us, and He uses the Word 
(1 Thes. 2:13), the Spirit (Eph. 3:16, 20-21), and prayer. [Wiersbe 
Expository Outlines] 


   Your will agrees with God, but in your flesh there is a 
disposition which renders you powerless to do what you know you ought to do. 
When the Lord is presented to the conscience, the first thing 
conscience does is to rouse the will, and the will always agrees with God. 
You say - "But I do not know whether my will is in agreement with 
God." Look to Jesus and you will find that your will and your 
conscience are in agreement with Him every time. The thing in you which 
makes you say "I shan't" is something less profound than your will; it 
is perversity, or obstinacy, and they are never in agreement with 
God. The profound thing in man is his will, not sin.  
   Will is the essential element in God's creation of man: sin 
is a perverse disposition which entered into man. In a regenerated 
man the source of will is almighty. "For it is God which worketh in 
you both to will and to do of His good pleasure." You have to work 
out with concentration and care what God works in; not work your own 
salvation, but work it out, while you base resolutely in unshaken faith on 
the complete and perfect Redemption of the Lord. As you do this, you 
do not bring an opposed will to God's will, God's will is your 
will, and your natural choices are along the line of God's will, and 
the life is as natural as breathing. God is the source of your will, 
therefore you are able to work out His will. Obstinacy is an unintelligent 
'wadge' that refuses to be enlightened; the only thing is for it to be 
blown up with dynamite, and the dynamite is obedience to the Holy 
   Do I believe that Almighty God is the source of my will? God 
not only expects me to do His will, but He is in me to do it.  [My 
Utmost for His Highest by Oswald Chambers] 

   "Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my 
voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, 
and he with me" (Revelation 3:20). Thus the world's Redeemer 
illustrates the work of the Holy Spirit upon the human heart. The living 
agent, by an act of faith of his own, places himself in the hands of 
the Lord for Him to work in him His good pleasure in His time. There 
must be a continual exercise of faith to be in Christ and keep in 
Christ, abiding by faith in Him. 
   This is a training process, a constant discipline of the mind 
and heart, that Christ shall work His great work in human hearts. 
Self, the old natural self, dies, and Christ's will is our will, His 
way is our way, and the human agent becomes, with heart, mind, and 
intellect, an instrument in the hands of God to work no more wickedness but 
the righteousness of Christ...  
   In the divine arrangement God does nothing without the 
cooperation of man. He compels no man's will. That must be given to the Lord 
completely, else the Lord is not able to accomplish His divine work that He 
would do through the human agency. Jesus declared that in a certain 
place He could not do many mighty works among the people because of 
their unbelief. He wanted to do for them in that place just what He 
knew that they needed to have done, but He could not because unbelief 
barred the way. The potter cannot mold and fashion unto honor that 
which has never been placed in his hands. The Christian life is one of 
daily surrender, submission, and continual overcoming, gaining fresh 
victories every day. This is the growing up into Christ, fashioning the 
life into the divine Model.  
   Devotion, piety, and sanctification of the entire man come 
through Jesus Christ our righteousness. The love of God needs to be 
constantly cultivated. O how my heart cries out to the living God for the 
mind of Jesus Christ! I want to lose sight of self. TMK55  

   I went through a season in life in which I tried to crucify 
every desire that entered my heart. I would "take up my cross daily" 
and insist that my life be "all of Him and none of me." The problem 
was that if He was in me, and I was crucifying everything in me, 
then I was attempting to crucify Him. His desires couldn't flourish 
in me.  
   If we are filled with the Spirit's Presence, then He is 
stirring up many of our dreams and desires. Paul assures us that God is 
at work in us both to will and to work for God's pleasure. That 
means that He shapes our desires. When we soak in Him and become 
saturated with His will, His dreams are imparted to us. He sculpts our 
hearts and minds and gives us pictures of our future. When we try to 
crucify all our desires, we might be crucifying the very seeds of 
inspiration He planted in us. We might undermine His purposes.  
   Sure, we have to be discerning. Not every whim that pops up 
within us comes from God. But many of our deep and lasting visions and 
dreams are birthed by His Spirit. Because they are internal, we think 
they originated with "self." But if we look at them carefully, we'll 
often see how well they fit God's purposes and His design for us. As 
with Hannah, who desired a child, God can fulfill a personal dream 
and change the history of a nation. He uses our need for fulfillment 
to accomplish His purposes.  
   Lift your desires to God. Pour out your heart to Him. Ask Him 
to fulfill the dreams He has planted within you. When His Presence 
has planted them there, He will cultivate them until they bear 
   Lord, I want only Your will, but You have put Your will 
within me. Let me dream with You and see those dreams fulfilled. [The 
One Year Experiencing God's Presence Devotional by Chris Tiegreen] 

   We talk a lot about our own sinfulness and depravity - how 
there's nothing good in us, how we want "all of Him and none of me" in 
our relationship with God. This is a very humble attitude, of 
course, but it isn't very scriptural. Yes, in and of ourselves, we have 
no righteousness, but God hasn't left us in that condition, has He? 
According to His Word, He has filled us with His Spirit and given us a new 
heart. He has transformed us, not replaced us. We were created for a 
reason - to partner with Him, not fade out of the picture. And Paul 
assures us that it is God who works in us both to will and to act in 
order to fulfill His purposes. In other words, there are many desires 
inside us that are from Him and many actions we want to do that are 
exactly what He wants for us. He has implanted His will and His voice 
within us.  
   It's true that we have other desires and voices within us at 
times; not everything we think or do is godly. But we are moving in the 
direction of godliness if we're growing in Christ and allowing Him to be 
the source of our life, and He is rearranging our internal 
environment so that we become one with Him.  
   This is the context for hearing God's voice. There will be 
times when we don't know whether it's our own voice or His because our 
minds and hearts are being shaped by Him. It is God who is working 
within us to desire and to do His will. As long as we have any vestige 
of fallen nature, we can't make that truth absolute and say that 
it's only God at work within us. But neither can we downplay this 
truth. This is God's preferred method for speaking to us: being within 
   Lord, work powerfully within me to desire and to do Your 
will. Let Your thoughts and dreams become my thoughts and dreams. [The 
One Year Hearing His Voice Devotional by Chris Tiegreen] 


   I am the truth: the One who came to set you free. As the Holy 
Spirit controls your mind and actions more fully, you become free in 
Me. You are increasingly released to become the one I created you to 
be. This is a work that I do in you as you yield to My Spirit. I can 
do My best handiwork when you sit in the stillness of My Presence, 
focusing your entire being on Me.  
   Let My thoughts burst freely upon your consciousness, 
stimulating abundant Life. I am the Way and the Truth and the Life. As you 
follow Me. I lead you along paths of newness: ways you have never 
imagined. Don't worry about what is on the road up ahead. I want you to 
find your security in knowing Me, the One who died to set you free. 
(Joh. 8:32; Phi. 2:13; Joh. 14:6) [Jesus Calling by Sarah Young] 


   The admission that we are powerless over an addiction or 
compulsive behavior in our lives opens us up to reach out to God. We begin 
to understand that he wants to fill our lives with his love, his 
joy, his hope, and his presence. That first step turned our eyes away 
from ourselves as the source of healing, and the second step turns 
our eyes toward God - the One Who can heal us.  
   If we can't heal ourselves, then who can we turn to for help? 
God is the only one who has the power to exchange our chaos for 
freedom. Of course, he knew long before we did what would be needed. He 
sent Jesus to save us from sin and sickness. He sent his power player 
to earth, someone who was tempted as we are in all ways but without 
sin. He is not just a higher power. He is the 'highest" power, 
because he has conquered all life can dish out. He did that for us so we 
could imagine freedom from sin in our own lives.  
   What freedom it brings to know that when we are powerless, we 
have an ally to help us through the hard times - and all the times 
are hard, aren't they?  
   Heavenly Father, I've made such a mess of things. I'm so 
grateful that you cared for me and came to show me the way out of chaos 
and into freedom. In Jesus' name, Amen. [Celebrate Recovery Daily 
Devotional by John & Johnny Baker] 

   Every once in a while God gives us the chance to witness a 
miracle! Recently, a leader in Celebrate Recovery shared this miracle 
with me:  
   "A year ago a man walked into my office, broken, at his wit's 
end, with a heart full of despair. He was angry and trying to cope 
with a host of substances and other unhealthy habits that were 
destroying his mind and hardening his heart. He was ready to abandon his 
wife and family. Last night I saw this man again at a Celebrate 
Recovery graduation service.  
   Now, eleven months sober, he is a completely different man. 
   "With tears in his eyes, he accepted his 12-Step chip and 
then expressed his love for his wife who was sitting close by. I was 
humbled as I heard him talk about the restoration that had come to his 
marriage and how his kids are rejoicing and talking about God. He then 
quoted the following Bible passage, changing you to I: 'If I do what is 
right, will not I be accepted? But if I do not do what is right, sin is 
crouching at my door; it desires to have me, but I must master it.' " 
   The man I met a year ago is no more. In his place, a new 
leader has been born. That's what I call a true miracle - the 
transformation of a human life."  
   Dear God of miracles, I stand in awe of what you have done in 
so many lives. My words cannot express your greatness. In Jesus' 
name, Amen. [Celebrate Recovery Daily Devotional by John & Johnny 
Baker re Gen. 4:7] 

   As a scrawny teenage girl, I struggled with low self-esteem. 
To me, the mirror reflected loneliness and emptiness, not beauty. I 
was caught in a web of tension: comparing myself with others, 
desiring acceptance from others, and being an overachiever. Music was my 
   A visiting choir came to my church and performed a song that 
chanted a Bible verse: "Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new 
creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become 
   Wow! God was speaking to me in a language I understood. My 
soul stirred with a new awareness of his presence. When I looked up 
the verse, the words jumped off the page and into my empty heart! I 
was thrilled to come to Christ and find his loving acceptance! My 
sin-stained self-image was traded for one of peace, one that reflected the 
image of a loving God. 
   Even today, decades later, this precious verse shapes me. I 
see myself as a new creation, rejoicing in that promise and future 
hope. The Lord - my Creator - continually uses his Word, people, and 
events to shape me. My part is to be open to the work of the Master's 
   Nancy Kay Grace, a speaker and writer, lives in northwest 
Arkansas, where her husband, Rick, is a senior pastor. They have been in 
church ministry for more than thirty years. [The One Year Bible Live 
Verse Devotional re 2Co. 5:17] 




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