to rescue us from the hand of our enemies, and to enable us to serve him without fear
this seems to teach a Protestant kind of freedom after salvation, all works being for the glory of Christ and not related to salvation…
work out your salvation with fear and trembling
this seems to teach a Catholic kind of understanding of having to work for one’s salvation, fearing possible mortal sin and the damnation that would result…
Are we to fear or not to fear? Scripture seems contradictory. In romans Paul seems to teach there’s no need for any fear since it’s basically certain that God will save us:
Since we have now been justified by his blood, how much more shall we be saved from God’s wrath through him! 10 For if, when we were God’s enemies, we were reconciled to him through the death of his Son, how much more, having been reconciled, shall we be saved through his life!
If our final salvation is more sure than our initial justification and reconciliation, then all of us should go to heaven without any possibility of losing our salvation. Now I know of many verses that contradict this, but how else are we to understand this passage?