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Now Is The Accepted Time 2 Corinthians 6:2

“Behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation.” (2 Corinthians 6:2

In chapter 5, Paul warns the Corinthian church that they must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ and “knowing, therefore, the terror of the Lord, we persuade men.” (VV 10-11 NKJV) Obviously the persuading that Paul is referring to is the proclamation of the gospel that has the power to save sinners. “14 For the love of Christ compels us, because we judge thus: that if One died for all, then all died; 15 and He died for all, that those who live should live no longer for themselves, but for Him who died for them and rose again. (VV 14-15 NKJV)

The mission of Paul’s life is to share this glorious gospel with everyone he can. “18 Now all things are of God, who has reconciled us to Himself through Jesus Christ, and has given us the ministry of reconciliation, 19 that is, that God was in Christ reconciling the world to Himself, not imputing their trespasses to them, and has committed to us the word of reconciliation.20 Now then, we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God were pleading through us: we implore you on Christ’s behalf, be reconciled to God. 21 For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.” (VV 18-21 NKJV) Paul understood the power of the spoken Word. He understood the need to preach the gospel and for people to listen. He saw himself as an “ambassador for Christ” and he felt as if Christ Himself was pleading for the lost to come to Him through his preaching.

So Paul makes the following statement, “We then, as workers together with Him also plead with you not to receive the grace of God in vain. 2 For He says: ‘In an acceptable time I have heard you, and in the day of salvation I have helped you.’ Behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation.” (2 Cor 6:1-2 NKJV) The Gospel message requires two essential elements. It must be announced and it must be acknowledged. The gospel message must be heard and it must be heeded. Paul makes this abundantly clear. He says that he and those who preach the gospel with him are workers together with the Lord Jesus in the proclamation of the gospel and so he says that he pleads with those who hear to “not receive the grace of God in vain.” It is apparent that there were probably many who heard Paul preach and walked away not receiving the gift of God’s grace like the rich young ruler did Jesus. Paul goes on to say, “Behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation.”

There is only one way to read this appeal. God saves those who respond in repentance by faith to the message presented in the preaching or sharing of the gospel message. For the gospel is indeed “the power of God to salvation for everyone who believes.” (Rom 1:16 NKJV) Ppaul had a burning desire to see people saved, Gentile and Jew alike. “Brethren, my heart’s desire and prayer to God for Israel is that they may be saved. 2 For I bear them witness that they have a zeal for God, but not according to knowledge. 3 For they being ignorant of God’s righteousness, and seeking to establish their own righteousness, have not submitted to the righteousness of God. 4 For Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to everyone who believes.” (Rom 10:1-4 NKJV) The gospel of Jesus Christ is for “everyone who will believe.” “35Jesus said to them, ‘I am the bread of life. He who comes to Me shall never hunger, and he who believes in Me shall never thirst’… and everyone who sees the Son and believes in Him may have everlasting life; and I will raise him up at the last day.” (John 6:35-36, 40 NKJV) “Therefore let it be known to you, brethren, that through this Man is preached to you the forgiveness of sins; 39 and by Him everyone who believes is justified from all things from which you could not be justified by the law of Moses.” (Acts 13:38-40 NKJV)

“Whoever believes that Jesus is the Christ is born of God, and everyone who loves Him who begot also loves him who is begotten of Him. 2 By this we know that we love the children of God, when we love God and keep His commandments. 3 For this is the love of God, that we keep His commandments. And His commandments are not burdensome. 4 For whatever is born of God overcomes the world. And this is the victory that has overcome the world — our faith. 5 Who is he who overcomes the world, but he who believes that Jesus is the Son of God?” (1 John 5:1-5 NKJV)

Notice the conditional statement John leads off with in verse 9: “9 If we receive the witness of men, the witness of God is greater; for this is the witness of God which He has testified of His Son. 10 He who believes in the Son of God has the witness in himself; he who does not believe God has made Him a liar, because he has not believed the testimony that God has given of His Son. 11 And this is the testimony: that God has given us eternal life, and this life is in His Son. 12 He who has the Son has life; he who does not have the Son of God does not have life. 13 These things I have written to you who believe in the name of the Son of God, that you may know that you have eternal life, and that you may continue to believe in the name of the Son of God.” (1 John 5:9-13 NKJV)

The truth of the Scriptures is Jesus has come into this world to save sinners. God has chosen the foolishness of preaching to save those that are lost. How does the preaching of the gospel save sinners? Sinners are saved as they believe. (I Corinthians 1:21) This is why Paul said that Jesus had sent him to preach the gospel! (V17) Jesus said it all when He said, “14 And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of Man be lifted up, 15 that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life. 16 For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. 17 For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved. 18 He who believes in Him is not condemned; but he who does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.” (John 3:14-18
NKJV) This is what Paul believed; it is what Paul experienced in his own conversion and it this is the message that Paul believed anyone could hear and respond to and that is why his admonition was “Behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation.” Once a sinner is confronted with the gospel, it is his response that will determine his eternal destiny and today is all anyone is promised.