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When can we be saved?



“Behold, now is the accepted time.”

           (2 Corinthians 6:2)





One of the commonest questions which someone might ask you when you are out and about could be, “What’s the time?” We often need to know the time if we have an appointment to keep. If you don’t have a watch or mobile phone with you, and if there is no public clock visible where you are, you might be prepared to ask a complete stranger this question. To be too late for an event, or to miss a train, might prove to be disappointing. It is therefore worth asking this question.


The Bible has much to say about time. It declares, “It is time to seek the LORD” (Hos.10:12). In other words, whatever time of day or night it might be, it is the time to seek the Lord. Isaiah 55:6 reminds us of the need to seek Him while He may be found. This suggests that there may be a time when it is too late to seek Him – when He cannot be found. We also read in 2 Corinthians 6:2 that “now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation.”




Time is not on our side. Procrastination is dangerous and can prove very costly. We know from experience that if we delay too long we can miss an offer. It may expire after a stated time; it may concern limited stock, and someone may get there before us and take the last item.


We are warned about not receiving the grace of God in vain (2 Cor.6:1). God’s grace is freely offered, but it can be despised – hence the warning. To benefit from it we must recognize the urgency of the moment. Salvation is available now. It has been made available through the sacrificial death of the Lord Jesus Christ upon the cross. He died for sinful people. Although perfectly pure and totally innocent He died for sinners and accepted the punishment that should have been theirs. We must come simply and humbly to Him, asking Him to save us by His grace. We are not promised tomorrow. Come to the Saviour now.