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Work Out Your Salvation

Work out your own salvation with fear and trembling; for it is God who works in you both to will and to do for His good pleasure. Do all things without complaining and disputing, that you may become blameless and harmless, children of God without fault in the midst of a crooked and perverse generation, among whom you shine as lights in the world, holding fast the word of life. (Philippians 2:12-16 NKJV)
I recently heard a presenter explain that the first part of this passage can be translated more clearly this way:
Even in times when you experience fear and trembling, because it is God working in you, both to will and to do His good pleasure, you can work out your salvation.
Examining this more closely myself I discovered additional thoughts about potential translation corrections. To 'work out' also means to finish and 'salvation' also means rescue. This makes sense in the context of realizing that God is rescuing us from a kidnapper who has held us hostage all our liv…