Therefore, my dear friends, as you have always obeyed--not only in my presence, but now much more in my absence--continue to work out your salvation with fear and trembling,Philippians 2:12
My thoughts on the matter are not doctrine, yet it helps me understand where I stand.
Salvation is a road that we travel on when we decide to follow Christ. A road that we must walk to be free from our past selves. Every step we take gets us closer to our home at the Fathers feet.
This road looks different for each of us. For some, it is a rocky and rough path, for others it is like climbing a steep mountainous terrain, and for some it is a path full of many tears. Many have sought ways to find the path, while others make their own saying that it leads to the Father only to find out they haven't moved very far.
Christ is the one who set the path for he is the path itself. He pursues us when we wandered off from the flock. He is often what we saw when we turned our head and who we see leading us when we are in Him.
Jesus answered, "I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. John 14:6
It is a path that we must walk until our last day and will be continually walked on until the last of us are gone from the earth.