2 Corinthians 6:1
We then, as workers together with him, beseech you also that you receive not the grace of God in vain.
I. THE EXHORTATION EXPLAINED. The subject is "the grace of God." The great plan of reconciliation is "the grace of God" in question.
1. This is called "the grace of God" by way of eminence, because —
(1) The gift of Jesus Christ is the highest display of the goodness of God to man (1 John 4:10; 1 John 3:1; Romans 8:32).
(2) It is that which procures for us all other-blessings.
2. Now this grace is to be "received"(1) The mind must have a clear perception of it. Many call this head-knowledge; but is not our religion to be "in all knowledge and spiritual understanding"? If we knew more, we should love more.
(2) The heart must receive the Saviour. "With the heart man believeth unto righteousness."(3) There must be a practical reception of this grace — an adorning of it in the conduct; not talking, but working. Thus the judgment, the affections, the life, all receive the grace of God.
3. Now this grace must not be received "in vain." Many have so received it.
(1) The light within has become darkness, and "how great is that darkness."(2) The love they once had, where is it? Their hearts are a moral icehouse.
(3) Their ways now have no tendency to glorify God.
II. THE EXHORTATION ENFORCED.
1. From a consideration of the value of the benefit — God's greatest gift.! — the astonishment of heaven! We value a thing occasionally —
(1) By the amount it cost us. But, ah! we know not what was the value of this, for, though it was bestowed freely, it cost heaven all!
(2) From what it purchased for us. It redeems from death and purchases heaven. "How shall we escape if we neglect so great salvation?"
2. From the fact that if this be received in vain, every other benefit is in vain. All the sermons you have heard, all the prayers, all your afflictions, convictions, all the strivings of God's Spirit, etc. In vain pious parents, a religious education, early impressions, good resolutions, etc.
3. From the punishment awaiting such a one.
4. Because this is the only day in which you can receive the grace of God. When time ends with thee, then eternity. Time is the term for thy salvation.
(J. Summerfield, A. M.)
Parallel VersesKJV: We then, as workers together with him, beseech you also that ye receive not the grace of God in vain.