Therefore, my dear friends, just as you have always
obeyed, so now, not only in my presence but even more in my absence, work out
your own salvation with fear and trembling. For it is God who is working in you both to will and to work according
to his good purpose. Do everything
without grumbling and arguing, so that
you may be blameless and pure, children of God who are faultless in a crooked
and perverted generation, among whom you shine like stars in the world, 16 by holding firm to the word of life.