2 Cor 6:1, 2 As God’s fellow workers we urge you not to receive God’s grace in vain. For he says, “In the time of my favor I heard you, and in the day of salvation I helped you.” I tell you, now is the time of God’s favor, now is the day of salvation. (Quote from Isa 49:8)
What does it mean to “receive God’s grace in vain?” If I understand correctly, it is to receive it in emptiness, or treat it as something worthless.
We are urged daily by the media, to toss God and his teachings aside, to treat them as “stories” rather than truths.
We are living in a time in which worldly men, servants of Satan, want to take away our religious freedoms. Laws are passed daily “legalizing” sin. Lies flow freely and unashamedly from the lips of our governmental “leaders”. We are encouraged to openly embrace sin. We are asked to toss aside God’s truth and conform to the world. Notice in the first verse of 2 Cor. 6, he reminds the Corinthians they are God’s fellow workers. That same exhortation applies to us. Certain ones would rather have us be “politically correct” in sin, rather than remain faithful to God.
A number are already facing hardships and trials, loss of homes, jobs and savings. We are likely to face more “injustices” due to corrupt leaders. 1 Peter 4:16-18 However, if you suffer as a Christian, do not be ashamed, but praise God that you bear that name. For it is time for judgment to begin with the family of God; and if it begins with us, what will the outcome be for those who do not obey the gospel of God?
Backing up a bit to…2 Cor 5:14-15 For Christ’s love compels us, because we are convinced that one died for all, and therefore all died. And he died for all, that those who live should no longer live for themselves but for him who died for them and was raised again.
Paul continues on in 2 Cor 6:14-16 Do not be yoked together with unbelievers. For what do righteousness and wickedness have in common? Or what fellowship can light have with darkness? What harmony is there between Christ and Belial? What does a believer have in common with an unbeliever? What agreement is there between the temple of God and idols? For we are the temple of the living God. As God has said: “I will live with them and walk among them, and I will be their God, and they will be my people.”
My thoughts have wandered…I hope I haven’t left you confused. I am always humbled when I am searching God’s truth. Let us not treat the greatest gift of all as if he has no worth. Allow our voices to cry out, let us not desire “political correctness”, instead desire truth.
Eph 2:8 For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith – and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God-