"Work out your own salvation"

In his epistle to the Philippians, Paul writes, "Work out your own salvation with fear and trembling;" and in the Christian Science textbook, "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" (p. 593), Mrs. Eddy defines salvation as "Life, Truth, and Love understood and demonstrated as supreme over all; sin, sickness, and death destroyed." Furthermore, on page 39 of our textbook she writes: "'Now,' cried the apostle, 'is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation,'—meaning, not that now men must prepare for a future-world salvation, or safety, but that now is the time in which to experience that salvation in spirit and in life." The problem confronting us, then, is how to go about this scientific task of working out our own salvation.

First of all, we must realize that the problem is strictly an individual one, and one that each must solve for himself. This is also clearly set forth by Mrs. Eddy on page 18 of Science and Health, where she writes: "Jesus of Nazareth taught and demonstrated man's oneness with the Father, and for this we owe him endless homage;" and she adds, "He did life's work aright not only in justice to himself, but in mercy to mortals,—to show them how to do theirs, but not to do it for them nor to relieve them of a single responsibility."

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