Sunday, January 23, 2011

Is God's Grace Worthless?

2Corinthians 6:1 We then, as workers together with Him also plead with you not to receive the grace of God in vain.

One of the awesome things about being in God's Word and meditating on It and having a desire to know Him more is the way He opens things up to you more and more. Sometimes things are so powerfully impressed on us, it leaves us wondering if we ever read that section of Scripture before. Last night I read 2 Corinthians 6 from a couple different translations and this morning when I began reading it again, the first verse immediately made me think of Matthew 13. In 2 Corinthians 6:1 Paul is pleading with the reader. Any time Paul pleads, urges or begs the reader to do something it always makes me pay a little closer attention. There is just something about those words. When our kids say, “dad, I'm pleading with you, can I...” There is a passion and a sense of urgency. The difference with Paul's sense of urgency is the reality that he is talking about eternal life or death.

So, what is he pleading for in verse 1?

Paul is pleading that the Grace of God is not received in vain. If you remember the definition of vain, you know it means worthless. Is God's Grace worthless? Of course not, It is priceless! However, it is of no value to anyone who tramples on it; it is worthless for the one who discards it and continues in their own way.

If you have heard the Message of The Gospel of Jesus Christ and have not been transformed, as Paul talked about in chapter 5 (and we went into detail about yesterday); you are in danger of receiving the Grace of God in vain. Not everyone is transformed and converted immediately; however, The Word makes it clear that many will be given over to their lusts and their hearts are hardened from The Truth. That is VERY SCARY! Now is a good time to ask yourself, have I received God's Grace in vain? Have I tucked It away like jumper cables; to pull out when I need them and then discard them to the trunk again?

Why did this verse remind me of Matthew 13? Take a look. There are 5 groups of people Jesus is talking about and only 1 group is saved; however, all 5 groups have received God's Grace. 4 of the 5 have received His Grace in vain:

Parable:Matthew 13:3-8 Then He spoke many things to them in parables, saying: "Behold, a sower went out to sow.
4 And as he sowed, some seed fell by the wayside; and the birds came and devoured them.
5 Some fell on stony places, where they did not have much earth; and they immediately sprang up because they had no depth of earth.
6 But when the sun was up they were scorched, and because they had no root they withered away.
7 And some fell among thorns, and the thorns sprang up and choked them.
8 But others fell on good ground and yielded a crop: some a hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty.

Parable Explained:Matthew 13:18-23 "Therefore hear the parable of the sower:
19 When anyone hears the word of the kingdom, and does not understand it, then the wicked one comes and snatches away what was sown in his heart. This is he who received seed by the wayside.
20 But he who received the seed on stony places, this is he who hears the word and immediately receives it with joy;
21 yet he has no root in himself, but endures only for a while. For when tribulation or persecution arises because of the word, immediately he stumbles.
22 Now he who received seed among the thorns is he who hears the word, and the cares of this world and the deceitfulness of riches choke the word, and he becomes unfruitful.
23 But he who received seed on the good ground is he who hears the word and understands it, who indeed bears fruit and produces: some a hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty."
May God Bless you all!

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