In this lab, John Piper explains that salvation is rooted in the past, worked out in the present, and guaranteed in the future.
Some questions to ask as you read and study Philippians 2:12–13:
If God has secured our salvation, how can he still call us to work it out?
What does it mean to be saved if we still need to be working out our salvation? Does this mean you can lose your salvation?
Do you face a consistent struggle that threatens to deter you from working out your salvation? What promise can you memorize this week to help you fight this sin?
Principle for Bible Reading
One way that people love to communicate is to use words and phrases that others have said in the past to enhance what they are saying now. We quote others to defend, explain, or confirm what we are trying to communicate.
Most study Bibles have cross-references that connect you to other texts in the Bible that relate in some way to that text. Whether connected thematically or by a common phrase, cross-referencing enhances our study when we take the time to look up the verses.