Why, my beloved, as you have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence…
Though salvation remains wholly of grace, it may be described as worked out by ourselves. God does not reduce man into a machine; He rather puts a machine at man's disposal, and having imparted the strength to turn the wheel, requires of man that he labour, in order to the evolving the web from the loom.
(H. Melvill, B. D.)
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.