12 Therefore, my beloved, as you have always obeyed, so now, not only as in my presence but much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling, 13 for it is God who works in you, both to will and to work for his good pleasure.
- Do you have the reputation of being obedient? Are you obedient even when nobody is present?
- If “work out your own salvation” is related to the humble love and unity commanded earlier in the chapter, how is that different than believing in salvation by works? (See Eph. 2:8–10)
- Discuss what it means to do something with “fear and trembling.”
- Are we capable of being willing and humble servants of our own accord? Explain.
- How does verse 13 encourage us to depend on God?
- How does verse 13 give us the confidence to live the Christian life?
- Can you find references to obedience, integrity, and humility in these verses? Give some examples of obedience, integrity, and humility in your life.