2 Corinthians 6:1 (KJV)
We then, as workers together with him, beseech you also that ye receive not the grace of God in vain.
Perhaps the companion passage, the one that interprets this passage best for us is
James 2:14-26 (KJV)
What doth it profit, my brethren, though a man
If a brother or sister be
And one of you say unto them, Depart in peace, be ye warmed and filled; notwithstanding ye give them not those things which are needful to the body; what doth it profit?
Yea, a man may say, Thou hast faith, and I have works: shew me thy faith without thy works, and I will shew thee my faith by my works.
Thou believest that there is one God; thou doest well: the devils also believe, and tremble
Was not Abraham our father justified by works, when he had offered Isaac his son upon the altar?
Seest thou how faith wrought with his works, and by works was faith made perfect?
And the scripture was fulfilled which saith, Abraham believed God, and it was imputed unto him for righteousness: and he was called the Friend of God.
Ye see then how that by works a man is justified, and not by faith only.
Likewise also was not Rahab the harlot justified by works, when she had received the
For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also.
To have received this Gospel grace and to leave it untapped, untried and unused is vanity indeed.
How shall we escape, if we neglect so great salvation; which at the first began to be spoken by the Lord, and was confirmed unto us by them that heard him;
What a travesty to possess so great salvation and then to neglect it.
- To ignore the preaching of God’s Word
- To backslide and rebel against it
- To be a hearer of the Word and do nothing with it.
This is to receive the grace of God in vain and it is, as James puts it, dead.
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