Divinely Enabled Human Effort

Philippians 2:12-18

12 Therefore, my dear friends, just as you have always obeyed, so now, not only in my presence but even more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling.

13 For it is God who is working in you both to will and to work according to his good purpose.

14 Do everything without grumbling and arguing,

15 so that you may be blameless and pure, children of God who are faultless in a crooked and perverted generation, among whom you shine like stars in the world,

16 by holding firm to the word of life. Then I can boast in the day of Christ that I didn’t run or labor for nothing.

17 But even if I am poured out as a drink offering on the sacrificial service of your faith, I am glad and rejoice with all of you.

18 In the same way you should also be glad and rejoice with me.

GOD ENABLES OUR OBEDIENCE

Philippians 3:9

and be found in him, not having a righteousness of my own from the law, but one that is through faith in Christ — the righteousness from God based on faith.

Philippians 3:12

Not that I have already reached the goal or am already perfect, but I make every effort to take hold of it because I also have been taken hold of by Christ Jesus.

OUR OBEDIENCE SHINES IN DARKNESS

Philippians 1:9-11

9 And I pray this: that your love will keep on growing in knowledge and every kind of discernment,

10 so that you may approve the things that are superior and may be pure and blameless in the day of Christ,

11 filled with the fruit of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ to the glory and praise of God.

Colossians 3:16

Let the word of Christ dwell richly among you, in all wisdom teaching and admonishing one another through psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs, singing to God with gratitude in your hearts.

WE CAN REJOICE IN OUR OBEDIENCE

Philippians 2:7

Instead he emptied himself
by assuming the form of a servant,
taking on the likeness of humanity.
And when he had come as a man,

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