Posted by: missionventureministries | December 19, 2015

THE URGENCY OF SALVATION – 2 Corinthians 6:2

2 Corinthians 6 vs 2 (English)

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 Corinthians 6:2)  

Perhaps the most deadly sin of the unbeliever is that of procrastination. Satisfied with his current life, he neglects his spiritual need. Even if he understands the gospel and realizes his need of salvation, he still puts off a decision. 

Remember that it is dangerous to count on tomorrow. “You do not know what will happen tomorrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapor that appears for a little time and then vanishes away.” (James 4:14). The sin of procrastination may easily become the sin of negligence, then of indifference, and finally the unforgivable sin of irrevocable rejection and unbelief. “My spirit shall not always strive with man” (Genesis 6:3). This warning was told in the antediluvian world and it is certainly as true today, when we have far more knowledge and evidence of God’s truth and His will than people had in the days of Noah. 

“Today if you will hear His voice, do not harden your heart” (Psalm 95:7-8). This warning of the psalmist was considered so important that the writer of Hebrews quoted it three times (Hebrews 3:7-8, 3:15; 4:7). Such an emphasis suggests there is indeed great danger in resisting God’s call to salvation. There may be another opportunity, but it is presumptuous and dangerous to impose too long on God’s patient mercy. 

Today is the day of salvation. The accepted time is now! How much severer punishment do you think he will deserve who has trampled under foot the Son of God, and has regarded as unclean the blood of the covenant by which he was sanctified, and has insulted the Spirit of grace? (Hebrews 10:29) 

Remember: It is a terrifying thing to fall into the hands of the living God. (Hebrews 10:31).  

We need to be aware that all our best laid out plans are always subject to the will of God because He is our Creator and He gives life and takes it away. We have been given free will so therefore, we are masters of our own eternal destiny. Because we do not know what will happen, today, tomorrow or next week, it is vital that we yield to the Lord Jesus Christ and accept His free gift of salvation before it is too late. 

To be saved you need to get right with God and depend only on His word the Bible and not in man’s doctrines and traditions because the Word of God is unchanging from eternity to eternity. This is what the Bible tells us we need to do:

  • Admit you are a sinner“There is no one righteous, not even one … for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” (Romans 3:10, 23)

Ask God’s forgiveness. “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.” (Romans 10:13)

  • Believe in Jesus – Place your trust in Him as your only hope of salvation. “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” (John 3:16)

Become a child of God by receiving Christ – “To all who receive Him, to those who believed in His name, He gave the right to become children of God.” (John 1:12)

  • Confess that Jesus is your Lord – “that if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.” (Romans 10:9-10)

Call on Jesus and ask Him to save you before it is too late. Jesus promised: “For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened.” (Matthew 7:8)

Jesus also said: “Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and dine with him, and he with Me. To him who overcomes I will grant to sit with Me on My throne, as I also overcame and sat down with My Father on His throne.” (Revelation 3:20-21)

True followers of Christ are transformed by the Spirit and their lives are marked by obedience to the Lord and love for one another.

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