[Scripture] Philippians 2:12-13
[Title] Work Out Your Salvation
Purpose of Salvation
When God saves people, He has a purpose. Although it is important to know how we can be saved and whether we can be saved, knowing the reason why God saves(purpose) is also important. The purpose of salvation is the same purpose of Creation. It is having a loving relationship with each of us. God created us to have a fellowship with, yet we have sinned against God and our relationship was broken. However, God saved us through Jesus Christ in order to find the lost fellowship back. The salvation was already given us by grace through faith.
Work Out Salvation
However, we have to work out salvation. It does not mean that the given salvation is insufficient. The reason we have to work out is because salvation is not a moment event. (Salvation is not a wedding but a marriage)
In the Bible, salvation, in the one hand, is explained by the image of court. We are justified and it is decided. On the other hand, it is also demonstrated by the picture of graft. Once a broken off branch is grafted to a new trunk, it should remain attached.
In this second image, salvation is restored relationship. Work out salvation means staying in this relationship and making this relationship grow.
How to Work Out
Building up relationship is very simple. Spend good quality of time together. For us to have fellowship with God, we should set up a time of prayer and of reading Bible (which is God's instagram).