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Now is the Day of Salvation!

Now is the Day of Salvation – My Daily Bread!

Our words of joy to inspire our hearts in God’s love are taken from 2 Corinthians 6: 1-2 where the Apostle Paul says:

“As fellow workers together we urge you not to receive God’s grace in vain.  For He says, ‘In the time of my favor I heard you, and in the day of salvation I helped you.’  I tell you, now is the time of God’s favor, now is the day of salvation.”

What was Paul taking about and what does it mean for us today?

In Paul’s second letter to the Church in Corinth we find Paul encouraging them to hold on to what they were taught and believed when they first accepted Christ.  Between the time the church was established and when Paul wrote this letter false teachers had entered the church and their doctrine caused Paul so much concern he compared their deceptions to that of Satan in the Garden of Eden with Eve.

He cautioned them “But I am afraid that just as Eve was deceived by the serpent’s cunning, your minds may somehow be led astray from your sincere and pure devotion to Christ.  For is someone comes to you and preaches a Jesus other than the Jesus we preached, or if you receive a different spirit from the one you received, or a different gospel from the one you accepted, you put up with it easily.”  (2 Corinthians 11:3-4)

Now the passage never identifies what the ‘different gospel or spirit’ was referred to by Paul, however Paul was rightly concerned for the Corinthians had “put up with it’.  Paul was urging them to not put off the salvation that had been offered to them through believing in Christ Jesus by setting aside the truth they had been taught.

Paul also quoted the Lord saying ‘in the time of my favor I heard you’.  This indicates that there is a time for God’s favor that will not go on forever.  That God’s day of salvation will come to an end.  The same is true for us today.  God has offered salvation to all who “confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead.” (Romans 10: 9-10)

In this passage it struck me that Paul was not talking to the unbeliever!  Paul was talking to Christians who had professed belief in Christ for he noted that they should “examine yourselves to see whether you are in the faith.” (2 Corinthians 13:5)   Many of us have heard the gospel and not responded to God’s invitation.  However, some have responded for a while and have left the teachings of Christ for other worldly doctrines and philosophies of this age.

Saints if this in any way applies to you, be encouraged to seize the day!  For I tell you, “now is the time of God’s favor, now is the day of salvation.”

Copyright© 2011 Colleen Holton All Rights Reserved.

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