Therefore, my dear friends, as you have always obeyed—not only in my presence, but now much more in my absence—continue to work out your salvation with fear and trembling, for it is God who works in you to will and to act in order to fulfill his good purpose.
“Fear and trembling”?
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Over the centuries, there have been some preachers and some commentators that have a field day with these verses. What they often do is to quote them something like this: “Work out your salvation with fear and trembling, lest…”
Do you see a problem? When you read the verses and compare them with the “quote” is something missing? Was something added? By the way, don’t forget you must deal with the “therefore” that is the first word in verse 12. What does it refer to? It refers to 2:1-11; are these verses…
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