2 Corinthians 6:1

“We then, as workers together with him, beseech you also that ye receive not the grace of God in vain.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

Wee then, as workers together with him, beseech you also, that ye receiue not the grace of God in vaine.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

And working together {with Him,} we also urge you not to receive the grace of God in vain--
- New American Standard Version (1995)

And working together `with him' we entreat also that ye receive not the grace of God in vain
- American Standard Version (1901)

We then, working together with God, make our request to you not to take the grace of God to no purpose.
- Basic English Bible

But [as] fellow-workmen, we also beseech that ye receive not the grace of God in vain:
- Darby Bible

We then, as co-workers with him, beseech you also that ye receive not the grace of God in vain.
- Webster's Bible

And you also we, as God's fellow workers, entreat not to be found to have received His grace to no purpose.
- Weymouth Bible

Working together, we entreat also that you not receive the grace of God in vain,
- World English Bible

But we helpynge monesten, that ye resseyuen not the grace of God in veyn.
- Wycliffe Bible

And working together also we call upon [you] that ye receive not in vain the grace of God --
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for 2 Corinthians 6:1

6:1 We then not only beseech, but as fellow - labourers with you, who are working out your own salvation, do also exhort you, not to receive the grace of God - Which we have been now describing. In vain - We receive it by faith; and not in vain, if we add to this, persevering holiness.

People's Bible Notes for 2 Corinthians 6:1

2Co 6:1 The Apostolic Ministry SUMMARY OF II CORINTHIANS 6: An Exhortation to Believers. The Blameless Ministry of Paul and His Fellow-Workers. Their Endurance of Trials. Their Unselfish Self-Denial. An Appeal for Greater Love. The Intimate Association with Unbelievers Forbidden. Saints the Temple of God. We then. Paul and Timothy especially, and other ministers associated with them (2Co 1:1). [As] workers together [with him]. Not only fellow-laborers, but workers with Christ. See 2Co 5:17-21. That ye receive not the grace of God in vain. The "grace (favor) of God" meant is the gospel, "the ministry of reconciliation" (2Co 5:18). To receive it "in vain" would be to receive it and then fall away. Compare 1Co 15:2.

Discussion for 2 Corinthians 6

  • A disciple
    The Scripture says that we are only to share the yoke with our own kind. In the Law it was forbidden to mix linen with woolen garments; and so also, not to plow your fields with a team of Ox and Ass together. Come apart and be ye separate means that we are not of the world even as Jesus is not of the world; and the true mark of conversion will be a heart and all its desires severed from the world.
  • Ken
    Consider unequally yoked and equally yoked. Certainly, we are not to be equally yoked (meaning the same as). Here it is saying that we should not even be unequally (not the same as or similar) yoked, but be separate, totally separate! Otherwise, the scripture would not have went on to say, "come out from among them", meaning to be away from or apart from. This is not just in the sense of marriage.
  • BSP
    Verse 4: In every way and aspect of life we want to show that we are ministers of God.
  • BSP
    Verse 13: We should widen out in our affections by getting to know and helping those of different races, ages, and nationalities. In this way we can imitate Jehovah God.
  • A disciple
    Hi Kurt; I like what you said regarding "our own whims, emotions, and personalities," and that "we must keep the discipline of God's intentions within us." The Word, "LET this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus;" like in the Proverbs, "LET thine heart retain MY WORDS;" our discipleship is toward moral excellence out of a good and honest heart, PROVING what is acceptable TO GOD in TRUTH.
  • Kurt
    How can we bring the Gospel to sinners without sinning? Take another Christian and have an entry and exit plan. Arm yourself with the Truth (Jesus), and the Spirit. Allow God to work his love towards sinners thru us, yet remain safely separate in the Armour, lest we may fall. We are subject to our own whims, emotions, and personalities, yet we must keep the discipline of God's intentions within us

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