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In 2 Corinthians 6:1, Paul says “We then, as workers together with Him, beseech you also that ye receive not the grace of God in vain. ”

What does it mean to receive the grace of God in vain?

The word vain means emptiness.  If someone delivers the message of God’s grace, it should fill our heart with gratitude, not leave us empty.  God has given us the greatest gift.  How can we behold it as nothing?  Do you hear the Word of God delivered to you?  Do you behold the wonderfulness of His love and disregard it as of no importance in your life.  The grace of God should change us, it should make us trust Him as our Savior, it should make us want to live a fruitful life for Him in gratitude.

Verse 2 says “(For he says, “In a favorable time I listened to you, and in a day of salvation I have helped you.” Behold, now is the favorable time; behold, now is the day of salvation.)”

The entire verse is in parenthesis.  It sets this verse apart as a separate explanation.  Notice that the verse begins with the word “for”.  This refers us back to the previous statement.  We just looked at how we should not receive the grace of God in vain.  So we know that what follows is an explanation of why we should not receive the grace of God in vain.  God’s work is significant, we should not regard it as nothing.  Notice that the verse states that  “He” says.  This is not Paul saying this about himself.  No, this is what God says about His work of grace that we should avoid counting as nothing.  This is God describing His work.  It is a fascinating glimpse into what God does in Hs work and the tremendous grace He shows to us through His working in our lives.

When we understand God’s grace and are filled with gratitude it is time to act in faith without delay.  Life is short, we are privileged to even have one day where salvation is offered to us.  

The Wuest translation by the Greek professor puts it:  “in an epochal, strategic season, propitious in character, I hearkened to you, and in a day of salvation I ran to your cry and brought you aid.  Behold now is a day of salvation.”

What does epochal mean?  Extremely important significant or influential

What does propitious mean?  Favorable

So let’s read this statement from God again substituting our simple definitions for the big words:

“in an extremely important, strategic season, favorable in character, I hearkened to you, and in a day of salvation I ran to your cry and brought you aid.  Behold now is a day of salvation.” 

What a God, who strategizes to bring us to to a favorable time when we will call out to Him.  Salvation is not something we planned.  No, God is the strategist.  It is a day favorable in character, it is just the right kind of day.  It may not be the kind of day we would choose, but He knows what needs to be happening in our life at that time.  He chooses the day that aligns with His strategy.  We can only imagine how He strategizes.  We could not understand how His plan should work, He plays chess on so many levels. Who could resist His strategy?  And we arrive at His strategic time, that time when He knows we will cry out for His help.  “Oh God rescue me” we cry.  He listens to us.  He runs to us and brings us aid.  This is urgent.  Our God runs to us to bring us aid.  There is no time to waste.  This is our running God!!  What love, what concern.  He does not come empty handed, He brings us aid.  And then He says behold now is a day of salvation.  

Is God speaking to your heart?  Behold the now.  This is the epochal time.  This is a day of salvation when God will run to our aid.  This is a day of rescue.  This is the extremely important favorable season when God has worked in our circumstances; He has worked in our heart.  He stands ready to run to us.  We can see it in the story of the father running to the prodigal son and falling on his neck and kissing his son.  We are precious to Him.  Call out to Him.  Be reconciled to God.  Call out to Him.  The Shepherd leaves the 99 and runs to His sheep who is stuck in the bush.  

Can you see the strategic work that God has been doing in your life?  His work is not vanity, but rather of utmost value.  Turn away from the things that are pulling you away and call for Him to run to your aid.  Call for Him to rescue you.

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Ed Brill

Mr. Brill has spent many years as a tool engineer for plastic injection molds working closely with craftsmen. This experience has given him unique insight into the character traits involved in craftsmanship. His engineering background has taught him to sort through things not readily apparent and get to the heart of the real issue. Mr. Brill has done a good deal of work on buildings, having remodeled an old house and having been on the board of trustees and then as a deacon at his church for many years. He has been a student and teacher of the Bible for many years as he serves in his local church.

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