Saturday, June 30, 2012

The Acceptable Time

"Behold, now is “the acceptable time,” behold, now is “the day of salvation”—"
2 Corinthians 6:2

Paul is writing in regard to Isaiah 49:8, where God is speaking of the Messiah and of His time to save the Jews and the Gentiles -- "the day of salvation". Paul is telling the Corinthians that the Messiah has come; the time spoken of by Isaiah has arrived. God through the Lord Jesus is willing to show compassion, to hear the prayers of the unsaved and to have mercy on them. The "acceptable time" is now. Now God will hear you, now God will receive you, now God will show grace. "The time will come when it will not be an acceptable time with God. The day of mercy will be closed; the period of trial will be ended; and people will be removed to a world where no mercy is shown, and where compassion is unknown" (Barnes). "Now all these things are from God, who reconciled us to Himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation," (2 Corinthians 5:18). "Once the head of the house gets up and shuts the door, and you begin to stand outside and knock on the door, saying, ‘Lord, open up to us!’ then He will answer and say to you, ‘I do not know where you are from.’" (Luke 13:25)  Dear one, If you have not yet made the decision to receive Christ as your Savior, now is the acceptable time. Don't wait.

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