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

  • Emanuel Fernandes
    We must remember separation is a commandment not a suggestion we do it out love for the lost and fear of love God. I separate because if I don't I will be chastened for drinking from the tables of devils. I do it out love for the lost because it sends a clear message I don't approve of your lifestyle. Don't rebuke the lost but still fellowship your approving their lifestyle.
  • Peter A. Okebukola
    Eternal caution: Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness? And what concord hath Christ with Belial? or what part hath he that believeth with an infidel? And what agreement hath the temple of God with idols? for ye are the temple of the living 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
  • Ray321
    Galatians 5:1 Stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free, and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage.
  • BSP
    Verse 2 is quoting Isaiah 49:8. Now is the especially acceptable time. We don't want to miss the purpose of God's undeserved kindness.

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