God has divvied up the labor in His creation. He created us not to help Him; He clearly does not need our puny efforts. But one of the reasons for our creation is to work with God as His agents in the here and now. This is the sphere is which our free will operates, within the confines of His overall plan for creation.
So, we have choice, and we make choices all of the time. Some good, some not so good, some evil. Our choices, operating within His frame of reference. Salvation is clearly within God’s fram of reference. Not ours. We are the receivers; He is the sole giver.
To think otherwise is to refute Scripture rather directly. The concept is stated with simple elegance in Phillipians 2
12…work out your own salvation with fear and trembling, 13for it is God who works in you, both to will and to work for his good pleasure.
We use our free will to “work out” our own salvation. But never, never, should we think that it is anything but His will that will be done.
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