2 Corinthians 6:1
Parallel Verses
New International Version
As God's co-workers we urge you not to receive God's grace in vain.

New Living Translation
As God's partners, we beg you not to accept this marvelous gift of God's kindness and then ignore it.

English Standard Version
Working together with him, then, we appeal to you not to receive the grace of God in vain.

New American Standard Bible
And working together with Him, we also urge you not to receive the grace of God in vain--

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

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Working together with Him, we also appeal to you, "Don't receive God's grace in vain."

International Standard Version
Since, then, we are working with God, we plead with you not to accept God's grace in vain.

NET Bible
Now because we are fellow workers, we also urge you not to receive the grace of God in vain.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
And as helpers we beg of you that the grace of God that you received would not be wasted on you.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Since we are God's coworkers, we urge you not to let God's kindness be wasted on you.

Jubilee Bible 2000
We then, as workers together with him, exhort you also that ye have not received the grace of God in vain.

King James 2000 Bible
We then, as workers together with him, beseech you also that you receive not the grace of God in vain.

American King James Version
We then, as workers together with him, beseech you also that you receive not the grace of God in vain.

American Standard Version
And working together with him we entreat also that ye receive not the grace of God in vain

Douay-Rheims Bible
And we helping do exhort you, that you receive not the grace of God in vain.

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

English Revised Version
And working together with him we entreat also that ye receive not the grace of God in vain

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

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

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

Young's Literal Translation
And working together also we call upon you that ye receive not in vain the grace of God --
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

6:1-10 The gospel is a word of grace sounding in our ears. The gospel day is a day of salvation, the means of grace the means of salvation, the offers of the gospel the offers of salvation, and the present time the proper time to accept these offers. The morrow is none of ours: we know not what will be on the morrow, nor where we shall be. We now enjoy a day of grace; then let all be careful not to neglect it. Ministers of the gospel should look upon themselves as God's servants, and act in every thing suitably to that character. The apostle did so, by much patience in afflictions, by acting from good principles, and by due temper and behaviour. Believers, in this world, need the grace of God, to arm them against temptations, so as to bear the good report of men without pride; and so as to bear their reproaches with patience. They have nothing in themselves, but possess all things in Christ. Of such differences is a Christian's life made up, and through such a variety of conditions and reports, is our way to heaven; and we should be careful in all things to approve ourselves to God. The gospel, when faithfully preached, and fully received, betters the condition even of the poorest. They save what before they riotously spent, and diligently employ their time to useful purposes. They save and gain by religion, and thus are made rich, both for the world to come and for this, when compared with their sinful, profligate state, before they received the gospel.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 1. - We then, as fellow workers. Continuing the entreaty of 2 Corinthians 5:20, he adds, "But as [his] fellow workers we also exhort you." The "also" shows that he does not rest content with merely entreating them (δεόμεθα), but adds to the entreaty an exhortation emphasized by a self-sacrificing ministry. "Fellow workers with God" (1 Corinthians 3:9). Beseech. The word is the same as that rendered "beseech" by the Authorized Version in 2 Corinthians 5:20, and it should be rendered "exhort:" "God exhorts you by our means; we therefore entreat you to be reconciled to God; yes, and as Christ's fellow workers we exhort you." That ye receive not. The word means both passively to receive and actively to accept as a personal boon. The grace of God. To announce this is the chief aim of the gospel (Acts 13:43; Acts 20:24). In vain; that is, "without effect." You must not only accept the teaching of God's Word, but must see that it produces adequate moral results. It must not, so to speak, fall "into a vacuum (εἰς κενόν)." "He," says Pelagius, "receives the grace of God in vain who, in the new covenant, is not himself new." If you really are in Christ you must show that you have thereby become "a new creation" (2 Corinthians 5:17). The branches of the true Vine must bear fruit. (For the phrase, "in vain," see Galatians 2:2; Philippians 2:16.) What the grace of God is meant to effect is sketched in Titus 2:11, 12.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

We then, as workers together with him,.... The ministers of the Gospel are workers or labourers; their ministry is a work, and a very laborious one, which none have strength equal to, and are sufficient for; of themselves: it is a work that requires faithfulness and diligence, is honourable; and those who perform it aright deserve respect. These do not work alone: according to our version, they are "workers together with him"; meaning either God or Christ, not as co-ordinate with him, but as subordinate to him: he is the chief shepherd, they under ones; he is the chief master builder, they under workers; but inasmuch as he is with them, and they with him, he is over them, and stands by them, great honour is done them; they have encouragement to work; and hence it is that their work is successful. Though the phrase, "with him", is not in the original text, where only one word, is used, and may be rendered "fellow workers", or "fellow labourers", meaning with one another: and since therefore reconciliation was made by Christ, and the ministry of it was committed to them, and they were appointed ambassadors for him, and were in his stead, therefore, say they,

we beseech you also; you ministers also; as we have entreated the members of the church, to be reconciled to the order of the Gospel, and the laws of Christ in his house, so as fellow labourers with you, and jointly concerned in the same embassy of peace, we beseech you the ministers of the word in this church,

that ye receive not the grace of God in vain: by "the grace of God", is not meant the grace of God in regeneration, and effectual calling, which can never be received in vain; for the grace of God never fails of producing a thorough work of conversion; nor is it ever lost, but is strictly connected with eternal, glory: but by it is meant either the doctrine of grace, the Gospel of Christ, so called, because it is a declaration of the love and grace of God to sinners, ascribes salvation in part, and in whole, to the free grace of God, and is a means of implanting and increasing grace in the hearts of men. Now this may be received in vain by ministers and people, when it is but notionally received, or received in word only: when it is abused and perverted to vile purposes, and when men drop, deny it, and fall off from it; or else by the grace of God may be designed gifts of grace, qualifying for ministerial service; and the sense of the exhortation be, that they be careful that the gifts bestowed on them might not be neglected by them, but be used and improved to the advantage of the church, and the glory of Christ; by giving up themselves to study, meditation, and prayer, by labouring constantly in the word and doctrine, and by having a strict regard to their lives and conversations, "that the ministry be not blamed"; which exhortation he pursues in, and by his own example and others, in some following verses, the next being included in a "parenthesis".

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

CHAPTER 6

2Co 6:1-18. His Apostolic Ministry Is Approved by Faithfulness in Exhortation, in Sufferings, in Exhibition of the Fruits of the Holy ghost: His Largeness of Heart to Them Calls for Enlargement of Their Heart to Him. Exhortations to Separation from Pollution.

1. workers together—with God (Ac 15:4; 1Co 3:9). Not only as "ambassadors."

beseech—entreat (2Co 5:20). He is describing his ministry, not exhorting directly.

you also—rather, "WE ALSO (as well as God, 2Co 5:20) beseech" or "entreat you": 2Co 6:14, 15, on to 2Co 7:1, is part of this entreaty or exhortation.

in vain—by making the grace of God a ground for continuance in sin (2Co 6:3). By a life of sin, showing that the word of reconciliation has been in vain, so far as you are concerned (Heb 12:15; Jude 4). "The grace of God" here, is "the reconciliation" provided by God's love (2Co 5:18, 19; compare Ga 2:2).

2 Corinthians 6:1 Additional Commentaries
Context
Paul's Hardships and God's Grace
1And working together with Him, we also urge you not to receive the grace of God in vain-- 2for He says, "AT THE ACCEPTABLE TIME I LISTENED TO YOU, AND ON THE DAY OF SALVATION I HELPED YOU." Behold, now is "THE ACCEPTABLE TIME," behold, now is "THE DAY OF SALVATION "--…
Cross References
1 Samuel 14:45
But the men said to Saul, "Should Jonathan die--he who has brought about this great deliverance in Israel? Never! As surely as the LORD lives, not a hair of his head will fall to the ground, for he did this today with God's help." So the men rescued Jonathan, and he was not put to death.

Acts 11:23
When he arrived and saw what the grace of God had done, he was glad and encouraged them all to remain true to the Lord with all their hearts.

1 Corinthians 3:9
For we are co-workers in God's service; you are God's field, God's building.

2 Corinthians 5:20
We are therefore Christ's ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us. We implore you on Christ's behalf: Be reconciled to God.

1 Thessalonians 3:5
For this reason, when I could stand it no longer, I sent to find out about your faith. I was afraid that in some way the tempter had tempted you and that our labors might have been in vain.

Hebrews 4:1
Therefore, since the promise of entering his rest still stands, let us be careful that none of you be found to have fallen short of it.

Hebrews 12:15
See to it that no one falls short of the grace of God and that no bitter root grows up to cause trouble and defile many.
Treasury of Scripture

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

workers.

2 Corinthians 5:18-20 And all things are of God, who has reconciled us to himself by Jesus …

1 Corinthians 3:9 For we are laborers together with God: you are God's husbandry, you …

beseech. See on ch.

2 Corinthians 5:20 Now then we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God did beseech …

2 Corinthians 10:1 Now I Paul myself beseech you by the meekness and gentleness of Christ, …

Matthew 23:37 O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, you that kill the prophets, and stone them …

Romans 12:1 I beseech you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, that you …

Galatians 4:11,12 I am afraid of you, lest I have bestowed on you labor in vain…

ye.

Jeremiah 8:8 How do you say, We are wise, and the law of the LORD is with us? …

Galatians 3:4 Have you suffered so many things in vain? if it be yet in vain.

Hebrews 12:15,25 Looking diligently lest any man fail of the grace of God; lest any …

the.

2 Corinthians 8:1,2 Moreover, brothers, we do you to wit of the grace of God bestowed …

Acts 14:3 Long time therefore stayed they speaking boldly in the Lord, which …

Galatians 2:21 I do not frustrate the grace of God: for if righteousness come by …

Titus 2:11 For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men,

1 Peter 4:10 As every man has received the gift, even so minister the same one …

Jump to Previous
Accept Beseech Entreat Fellow Fellow-Workmen Found God's Grace Purpose Receive Received Request Together Urge Vain Workers Working
Jump to Next
Accept Beseech Entreat Fellow Fellow-Workmen Found God's Grace Purpose Receive Received Request Together Urge Vain Workers Working
Links
2 Corinthians 6:1 NIV
2 Corinthians 6:1 NLT
2 Corinthians 6:1 ESV
2 Corinthians 6:1 NASB
2 Corinthians 6:1 KJV

2 Corinthians 6:1 Bible Apps
2 Corinthians 6:1 Bible Suite
2 Corinthians 6:1 Biblia Paralela
2 Corinthians 6:1 Chinese Bible
2 Corinthians 6:1 French Bible
2 Corinthians 6:1 German Bible

Alphabetical: also And As fellow God God's grace Him in not of receive the to together urge vain vain- we with workers working you

NT Letters: 2 Corinthians 6:1 Working together we entreat also that you (2 Cor. 2C iiC 2Cor ii cor iicor) Christian Bible Study Resources, Dictionary, Concordance and Search Tools

Bible Hub
2 Corinthians 5:21
Top of Page
Top of Page