Seeing With Faith Eyes
March 9, 2013
Being In Christ – Part 1
March 11, 2013
Seeing With Faith Eyes
March 9, 2013
Being In Christ – Part 1
March 11, 2013

Receiving God’s Grace in Vain

Charlene at Apple Barn in Gatlinburg Tennessee

Charlene at Apple Barn in Gatlinburg Tennessee

We then, as workers together with him, beseech you also that ye receive not the grace of God in vain. 2 Corinthians 6:1

Paul continued his thought about being ambassadors for Christ (2 Corinthians 5:20), working together with God. In the Greek, “workers together” is “sunergeo,” and means to partner in labor, assisting and helping with work. Even though the words “with him” are in the italics indicating the translators added them, the active voice suggests we are doing this work together with God.

We are all workers together with God. Sometimes it seems we are not all working together. Our theologies and scripture dividing are at odds with each other. We may not all agree on the minor points of scripture but we must work together with God to accomplish His purposes. Our live is not the self-purpose driven life; it’s about the God-driven purpose.

Paul encouraged the Corinthians not to receive the grace of God in vain. “Vain” means empty, not yielding the desired outcome, something that is without effect or avail. God’s grace alone doesn’t save us. Our salvation is by grace through faith. Our part is to believe.

I see two things here. One is they heard the Gospel of Grace through the preaching of Paul, but it didn’t take root. They assented to it, but did not receive it by faith. They might have professed grace, but they didn’t possess grace.

The second thing is they might have possessed it, but the cares of this word choked it out so they were not living fruitful lives. They knew what grace was, but they didn’t live in the blessings of grace. When confronted with a problem, they didn’t turn to God’s grace; they turned to the world’s ways of coping.

One final note I see in the church today, is Galatians 2:21.  “If righteousness come by the law, then Christ is dead in vain.” We receive our salvation by grace through faith, but try to live the law for our righteousness. It’s vain. It makes living by grace in vain. So let’s make sure we don’t receive God’s grace in vain.