Working together with him, then, we urge you not to receive the grace of God in vain.
"O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, you who kill the prophets and stone those who are sent to you! How often I have longed to gather your children together, as a hen gathers her chicks under her wings, but you were not willing!
So they spent a long time there, speaking boldly for the Lord, who bore witness to the word of his grace, granting signs and wonders to be done by their hands.
I appeal to you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship.
All this is from God, who through Christ reconciled us to himself and gave us the ministry of reconciliation;
Now, brethren, we want you to know about the grace of God which has been given in the churches of Macedonia,
I, Paul, myself urge you, by the meekness and gentleness of Christ, I who am humble when face to face with you, but bold to you when I am away!
I do not nullify the grace of God, for if righteousness comes through the Law, then Christ died for nothing."
I fear for you, that perhaps I have labored over you in vain.
See to it that you do not refuse him who is speaking. For if they did not escape when they refused him who warned them on earth, how much less shall we escape, if we turn away from him who warns us from heaven?