During my lifetime serving my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ I have heard these passages of scripture applied and misapplied to my understanding of these scriptures. Apostle Paul was telling these listeners and us to work out our own salvation... To me if he tells us to work it, it is our own salvation... He is not saying work to get salvation but work because you already have that salvation to work. Not only is he saying that we have that salvation to work but that God in his mercy and grace in working is us to bring that salvation to fruition. To receive the benefits and blessing of our own salvation we work... The application to the word salvation in scripture is not always in reference to eternal salvation.. That is my understanding!... As always your comments are always appreciated... Brother Glen Philippians 2:12 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. 2:13 For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure.