O how we need to get this straight. Salvation by grace continues to work in us following our regeneration or justification in Christ and God. How the churches today need regenerated people sitting in the pews, in our places of employment, our recreation, working out their salvation with fear and trembling.
“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. For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of His good pleasure. Do all things without murmurings and disputings: that ye may be blameless and harmless, the sons of God, without rebuke, in the midst of a crooked and perverse nation, among whom ye shine as lights in the world…” Philippians 2:12-15 (KJV)
It is God in us who does the work of grace. It is God in us by His grace that enables us to do the work that brings honor and glory to His name and it is His grace that brings us on to the final glory of Jesus Christ in us. It is the grace of God through the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ that causes us, enabling us to do those works, and gives us the mind of Christ (Philippians 2:5-8).
Paul the apostle makes it clear in these verses that “…It is God which worketh in you to will and to do of His good pleasure.” That we are to do those works as blameless and harmless sons of God, in the midst of a crooked and perverse nation – culture and world we live in – shining as lights in a dark world.
Let us remember it is God who works in us. Let us work it out with fear and trembling, that others see Him in us.