Philippians 2:12 ... Wherefore, my beloved, as ye have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling.
Now this is where the rubber starts meeting the road. You cannot work out your own salvation.
So what is he talking about here?: "Work out your own salvation with fear and trembling". He is talking about our soulish realm where we live ... getting this part of us to think like our spirit man.
The heart of our spirit has the Word of God in it, and it's constantly trying to get the Word from it into the heart of our mind.
Ephesians 2:8,9 ... For by GRACE are you saved through faith; and that not of yourselves ... it is the gift of God, not of (our) works (anything that we could do) lest any man should boast.
If we could get ourselves saved by any works that we'd do, then Jesus didn't need to come and do what He did ... because this is why He came: to save us. No, we can't do enough good works to get ourselves born again ... get saved on our own.
Reverend Robert W. & Mary C. Butler