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Daily Manna [Being Saved from This Crooked Generation]

Being Saved from This Crooked Generation

Bible Verses

Phil 2:12 So then, my beloved,...work out your own salvation with fear and trembling; (13) for it is God who operates in you both the willing and the working for His good pleasure. (15) That you may be blameless and guileless, children of God without blemish in the midst of a crooked and perverted generation, among whom you shine as luminaries in the world.

Words of Ministry

Philippians 2:12-16 says, “Work out your own salvation with fear and trembling.” What does it mean to “work out your own salvation”? It means to hold out the Word of life, to illuminate, to enlighten, to live out Christ. This is through God's working within us both to will and to do. As God is working within us, so we have to work out our salvation. Although we have been saved, God is still working in us that we may work out our salvation.

Are we now working out our salvation? Noah built the ark that eventually saved him not only from God's judgment, but also from that crooked and perverse generation. We must work out this kind of salvation. There is no doubt that we have been saved from eternal perdition. But Noah was not only saved from perdition; he was also saved out of that evil age into a new age.

Although we all have been saved from eternal perdition, many of us are not working on something which will bring us out of this evil age. The ark which Noah built was a salvation that not only saved him from God's judgment, but that also separated him from that crooked and perverse generation and brought him into a new age. The salvation mentioned in Philippians 2 is not salvation from perdition, but from the crooked and perverse generation.

Bible verses are taken from the Recovery Version of the Bible and Words of Ministry from Witness Lee, Life-study of Genesis, 1984, pp. 408-409. Both are published by Living Stream Ministry, Anaheim, CA.

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