Philippians 2:12-18 (ESV)

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.

14 Do all things without grumbling or disputing, 15 that you may be blameless and innocent, children of God without blemish in the midst of a crooked and twisted generation, among whom you shine as lights in the world, 16 holding fast to the word of life, so that in the day of Christ I may be proud that I did not run in vain or labor in vain. 17 Even if I am to be poured out as a drink offering upon the sacrificial offering of your faith, I am glad and rejoice with you all. 18 Likewise you also should be glad and rejoice with me.

Work out your salvation
… for God is at work in you

Four marks  of God’s salvation-working presence

  1. Conspicuous Absence of Grumbling and Questioning
  2. Contrasting Presence in a Crooked and Twisted World
  3. Continuous Dependence on the Word of Life
  4. Contentment and Delight in Christ in Spite of Sacrificial Circumstances