It is a frightening statement. It is possible to receive the grace of God in vain. The apostle Paul gave such a warning to the Corinthians: “Working together with him, then, we appeal to you not to receive the grace of God in vain.” (2 Corinthians 6:1 ESV) The image Paul uses is that of receiving this amazing gift of salvation from the Lord only to throw it away. This is exactly what the people of God, as the nation of Israel, did. God had chosen them and blessed them. Look at the description of God’s goodness and blessings to the people in Isaiah 5:1-7.
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