“..don’t receive the grace of God in vain.” -2 Corinthians 6:1
Grace- the free and unmerited favor of God, as manifested in the salvation of sinners and the bestowal of blessings. The grace of God is precious. It is impossible to earn God’s grace. As fallen humans, we certainly do not deserve His mercy, yet He opens the windows of heaven and pours His grace on us.
But..What does Paul mean by “the grace of God”? And what does it mean to “receive” it “in vain”?
Could it be that “the grace of God” is simply Paul’s way of referring to the gospel and its benefits with new attitude, new creation, reconciliation, and the righteousness of God which is all wrapped up in the word salvation. -2 Corinthians 6:2 The next part of the question.. “receive” “in vain” has to do with not getting the intended response. God offers His grace to save -Ephesians 2:8, but those who receive it in vain do not get the intended response. The "intended response" in relation to our God's grace is salvation. It is possible to refuse or miss the benefits of the grace of God.
Don’t forfeit the grace of salvation that you have already received. God’s grace comes to us not simply once in the gospel but as a constant and never-ceasing flow of merciful enablement and sanctifying power. Be diligent to avail yourself at all times, taking advantage of every occasion to do “good” (rather than “evil”) so that it might attain to the goal for which God has bestowed. As you grow in intimacy with God, discern His voice and obey the Lord — regardless of the circumstance. -2 Corinthians 12:9
You will receive “what is due” for what you, by means of that very grace, have “done in the body” -2 Corinthians 5:10
Do you have any idea how late the hour is.? Time is short for us. NOW is the time for us to be ready to meet our master, now is the time for us to live in faith, and obedience. Someone who does not remain "in Christ" has received God's grace "in vain." Why? The intent of God's grace, the reason it was sent was to SAVE. The idea of receiving God's grace in vain is not said to the unbeliever. THIS MESSAGE IS TO YOU AND ME.!
2 Corinthians 6:1 is a warning to us of the possibility of receiving our God's grace, BUT doing it in a way that the "intended response" is not achieved. As a Christian, if you do not find out what your true divine purpose and destiny is going to be with the Lord – then all the grace, power, and gifting that God already has set up for you to operate in will have all been received in vain.
Respond to God’s grace in humble obedience, seizing every opportunity to “please” the Lord. -2 Corinthians 5:9 do everything we can do with all our heart soul and spirit to be found pleasing in our master's eyes in how you live, speak, act, and perhaps especially in how we respond to His efforts to rebuild and restore.
Verse 2 goes on to say there is an appointed time or “season,” rather than a certain length of time. The right time to receive God’s grace is now. Meditate on God’s grace and allow it to change you.
Father God, thank you for Your unexpected, undeserved grace…a true gift of Your eternal love. Thank you for capturing us with grace in moments we least expect. I don’t want to miss my moment Lord. Open my eyes to see the purpose you have for me. Show me the way Lord. I want to seize every opportunity to please you. In Your Mighty Name, Amen.