So why does Paul say that we have to “work out our salvation”? Didn't Martin Luther say that our works won't earn us salvation? Isn't that the main point of the Protestant Reformation? Our own experience tells us that our works can't save us, but God's work in us can. The way it works is that God's grace pulls our lives into alignment with Christ's life. Gradually, God gives us the same mind that was in Christ and puts us on the same path with Christ. The path we're talking about here is the path of humility.