Therefore, my beloved, as you have always obeyed, so now, not only as in my presence but much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling,
mentioned in this passage are not a requirement to hold onto your salvation, or
to even earn your salvation for that matter. The works spoken here are for our obedience
in Christ, as Paul notes at the very beginning, therefore. Paul continues his
encourage of the Philippians to obey but to know it is “God who works” in them.
What Paul is referring to in this text is the sanctification process, working
out our salvation in fear and trembling. The works put forth are out of obedience
for God, and to be done not from a scared sense but in awe and wonder of God.
For the love of God, we are to work out our salvation.