Cultivate Your Salvation
Some Christians read Philippians 2:12 as a verse that makes Christians responsible for their own salvation. But I have given a more accurate translation from Greek.
12 So then, my beloved, just as all of you have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, cultivate your salvation or deliverance with fear and trembling;
13 for it is God who is at work in all of you, both to will and to work for His good pleasure. (Phil 2:12-13)
First of all, the verse is addressing all the Christians in the Philippian church and not the individual. Moreover they are told to cultivate their collective salvations with fear and trembling; or in other words, with great care. They should be careful with their salvation as they cultivate what they already have. This is a group command and not an individual command. Then Paul explained why they should do this cultivation because God is at work in all of them both to desire and to work for his good pleasure. Since God is at work in all of them, they should be careful with one another as they cultivate their salvation.
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