Why, my beloved, as you have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence…
I. THE PRACTICAL ELEMENT IN RELIGION.
II. THE EMOTIONAL ELEMENT — "With fear and trembling."
1. This is not slavish, but reverential fear.
2. We should have "fear and trembling."(1) Because of our accountability. Soon we may hear it said, "Give an account of thy stewardship."(2) Because of the danger of losing souls.
(3) Because of our fallibility, we may teach error, and thus be "blind guides."
III. THE SUPERNATURAL ELEMENT" — "It is God that worketh," etc.
(A. J. Furman.)
Parallel VersesKJV: 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.