9/30/19: Philippians 1:27 – 2:18; Psalm 72:1-20; Proverbs 24:11-12
Philippians 2: 12 Therefore, my dear friends, as you have always obeyed—not only in my presence, but now much more in my absence—continue to work out your salvation with fear and trembling, 13 for it is God who works in you to will and to act in order to fulfill his good purpose.
What does the expression “fear and trembling” mean? Are we to be “terrified” that if we make a mistake the Lord will remove our salvation? Are we to approach the Lord as serfs approached the king of their land — petrified with fear and actually quaking with anxiety.
Every commentator I read stated that this expression used does not “terror” but refers more to “respect and awe.” One commentator summed it well:
The concept of “fear and trembling” addresses worshipful respect for God. This echoes back to the context of every knee bowing before the Lord mentioned in verse 11.