“Work out your own salvation with fear and trembling.” (Philippians 2:12) “[God]has saved us and called us with a holy calling, not according to our works, but according to His own purpose and grace which was given to us in Christ Jesus before time began….” (2 Timothy 1:9)
The deliverance of the children of Israel from slavery in Egypt parallels our own deliverance from the bondage of sin and Satan:
- Their deliverance would not be complete until Israel reached the Land of Promise. Isn’t this true for you and me as well? Yeshua said: “…but he who endures to the end will be saved.” (Matthew 10:22).
- Only the blood of a lamb could save Israel’s sons from death. (Exodus 12:21-23). Similarly, only “the Lamb that takes away the sin of the world” (John 1:29) can deliver you and me from death.
- Israel didn’t leave Egypt empty-handed, but carried out a trove of gold and silver. We too enjoy the riches of God’s grace. “He who did not spare His own Son…. shall He not with Him also freely give us all things?” (Romans 8:32)
- The children of Israel were saved when their enemy was buried under the waters of the Red Sea. And we too were delivered when our enemy, our old sinful nature, was “buried…through baptism into death.” (Romans 6:4)
- It’s God’s plan that each child of Israel arrive safely in Canaan. But it didn’t work out that way for hundreds of thousands; “For the children of Israel walked forty years in the wilderness, till all the people who were men of war, who came out of Egypt, were consumed, because they did not obey the voice of the LORD—to whom the LORD swore that He would not show them the land which the LORD had sworn to their fathers that He would give us, “a land flowing with milk and honey.” (Joshua 5:6). Let this be a warning to all of us. “These things happened to them as examples and were written down as warnings for us…. So, if you think you are standing firm, be careful that you don’t fall…” (1 Corinthian 10: 11,12).
Let’s not become weary. Let’s keep on keeping on. “….Our salvation is nearer than when we first believed.” (Romans 13:11).
God wants us to make it to the end even more than we do. That’s why He gives His amazing grace — to motivate us and empower us to work out our salvation and reach the Promised Land. “For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast. For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.” (Ephesians 2:8-10)