Here I find Paul addressing believers (‘my beloved’) in Phillippi, exhorting them to ‘work out’ what God had ‘worked in’ v. 14 already, in order to do his good pleasure. It does not read ‘work for your salvation’ but ‘because of your salvation’. And do this without complainings.
that is how i understand it also Tito:
Also there is a tendency to just quote that first verse in Philippians 2, when i read it and continue with that 2nd verse, the meaning becomes clear.
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.
13 **For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure. **
In verse 13, the word FOR means BECAUSE
Our good deeds do not save us.
Any good works that we do is not OUR good works but is God doing a good work in us Ephesians 2 says that
**Ephesians 2:8-10 **
8 For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: 9 Not of works, lest any man should boast.
10 For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.
And on to the James verses that say faith without works is dead. Yea, a man may say, Thou hast faith, and I have works: shew me thy faith without thy works, and I will shew thee my faith by my works.
22 Seest thou how faith wrought with his ( Abraham ) works, and by works was faith made perfect?
And one of my favorites Rahab the harlot was a harlot when she believed God. She is justified ( absolved ) b/c she chose to aid God’s men. Remember that while we were still sinners Christ died for us.
25 Likewise also was not Rahab the harlot justified by works, when she had received the messengers, and had sent them out another way?
I read James as this, if you say you have faith in Christ, then you will naturally do good works because it is God in you who does the good work. Conversely there are many who say they believe but they truly don’t they are imposters and God by the HOly Spirit is not in them which is why there are no good works.
Before James said all that he was speaking about even a little sin is a sin and his example of the hungry and you send them away with a blessing but no food, you have sinned you did not show the love of God. If you have the love of God in you, you will love and care for people naturally b/c God is at work in you. Not you doing the work.