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sermonette: Godly Fear is Humble Reverence

Work Out Your Own Salvation With Fear and Trembling
Ted E. Bowling
Given 22-Nov-14; Sermon #1241s; 16 minutes

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Philippians 2:12 states that we are to work out our salvation with fear and trembling. The fear and trembling before God is more like reverence and awe instead of abject terror. The fear and terror we experience leads us to total dependence upon God with a desire to repudiate sin, which is loathsome to God. We cannot do this on our own, but must ask God for the will and desire to overcome our carnal human nature. We bring honor to God by keeping His commandments. Paul asks members of the Philippian congregation to take stock of themselves, making sure they were solicitous of the needs of the congregation, esteeming others before self, emulating the example of our Elder Brother Jesus Christ. As we emulate Christ, growing in His character, and when we serve our brethren with selflessness, we bring glory to God the Father.