“I do not frustrate the grace of God: for if righteousness come by the law, then Christ is dead in vain”
You have probably heard people say, “Don’t make the grace of God vain”. It is a good statement if they know what they are saying.
Apostle Paul is very clear about how the grace of God may not be appropriated.
“And if by grace, then is it no more of works: otherwise grace is no more grace. But if it be of works, then is it no more grace: otherwise work is no more work”
Grace ceases to be grace if work is involved. For instance, my employer giving me a salary at the end of the month is not an act of grace; I worked for it. Grace ceases to be grace when work is involved.
Grace is also wasted when work is involved. If you didn’t know I had paid a driver to drop you at a certain destination, and you walked the distance, my provision for your transportation was in vain.
This is exactly how the grace of God can be made vain: when you think that you still need to work to earn His favour.
This is what Paul means when he says: “I do not frustrate the grace of God: for if righteousness come by the law, then Christ is dead in vain”.
To not accept righteousness as what it is -a free gift- is to frustrate the grace of God. To also assume that you have a responsibility in making and/or sustaining salvation is to make grace vain.
“Now unto him that is able to keep you from falling, and to present you faultless before the presence of his glory with exceeding joy,”
The Father’s desire is that we rest in His provision and that we trust Him for a walk that He alone can initiate and sustain.
I believe all God has done in Christ. I humbly receive and gratefully walk in His provision.