Now is the Day of Salvation

We that have heard the gospel and accepted the work of Jesus Christ know that we have an eternal place with God 2 Corinthians 5:5 (LEB) “Now the one who has prepared us for this very thing is God, who has given us the down payment, the Spirit” and while we still face death and loss and grief at our separation from those we love in this age, we know that as Jesus said in John 14:3 (LEB) “And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to myself, so that where I am, you may be also”. There is still though, this life for us to live and we are to in 2 Corinthians 7:1 (LEB) “cleanse ourselves from all defilement of body and spirit, accomplishing holiness in the fear of God” and do the work of being witnesses to the world around us in 2 Corinthians 6:1 (LEB) “Now because we are fellow workers, we also urge you not to receive the grace of God in vain”. The message Paul says to deliver is that as the Lord has established us, we are from Isaiah 49:8-9 ‘as a covenant of the people, to raise up the land … “saying to the prisoners, “Come out!” to those who are in darkness, “Show yourselves!”. Today is the day for us to proclaim the day of salvation.

We Live by Faith, Not by Sight

2 Corinthians 5:1–10

How is it that we know when our natural physical life ends that we have a place as it says in

2 Corinthians 5:1 (LEB) “For we know that if our earthly house, the tent, is destroyed, we have a building from God, a house not made by hands, eternal in the heavens”?

We know it because this is the promise of God himself and he has not only given us his word but he has also given us his Holy Spirit in

2 Corinthians 5:5 (LEB) “Now the one who has prepared us for this very thing is God, who has given us the down payment, the Spirit”

By these two, God’s word that he has given as in

2 Peter 1:21 (LEB) “for no prophecy was ever produced by the will of man, but men carried along by the Holy Spirit spoke from God”

and by the Holy Spirit that Jesus promised and who came after His resurrection in

John 16:13 (LEB) “But when he—the Spirit of truth—comes, he will guide you into all the truth. For he will not speak from himself, but whatever he hears he will speak, and he will proclaim to you the things to come”

By these two we can trust and have faith in God to perform just as He has said so that in

2 Corinthians 5:6–7 (LEB) “Therefore, although we are* always confident and know that while we* are at home in the body we are absent from the Lord—7 for we live by faith, not by sight”

If Anyone is in Christ, He is a New Creation

2 Corinthians 5:11–21

Now is the Day of Salvation

2 Corinthians 6:1–13

Jesus taught his disciples to pray for laborers in

Luke 10:2 (LEB) ‘And he said to them, “The harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few. Therefore ask the Lord of the harvest that he send out workers into his harvest” ’

Now, Paul recognizes “fellow workers”, those that have been called into the harvest field and Paul admonishes them that they fulfill the work and that they have not been called “in vain” in

2 Corinthians 6:1 (LEB) “Now because we are fellow workers, we also urge you not to receive the grace of God in vain”

This next verse is often used to tell those that don’t know the Lord that today “is the day of salvation”, the time for them to accept the Lord but this is actually for the laborers who have already been helped by the Lord and now is the time for them to speak out in

2 Corinthians 6:2 (LEB) ‘For he says, “At the acceptable time I heard you, and in the day of salvation I helped you.” Behold, now is the acceptable time; behold, now is the day of salvation!’

Here in 2 Corinthians Paul uses a quote from Isaiah where the message of the laborers is clear in

Isaiah 49:9 (LEB) “saying to the prisoners, “Come out!” to those who are in darkness, “Show yourselves!” they shall feed along the ways, and their pasturage shall be on all the barren heights”

Though we face opposition, and as Paul himself did, we must overcome to be able to present the gospel, Paul says “we have spoken freely” in 2 Corinthians 6:11 and then asks these believers to go beyond their own personal natural needs, “your affections” in 2 Corinthians 6:12 and themselves speak out and reach those around them in

2 Corinthians 6:13 (LEB) “Now the same way in exchange (I am speaking as to children), you open wide your hearts also”

I Will Walk About Among Them

2 Corinthians 6:14–18

Accomplishing Holiness in the Fear of God

2 Corinthians 7:1–7

This section represents one of the most challenging areas for us as Christians because God is a God of faith. What He says He does. What God promises He delivers so when Jesus paid the price for the sin of the world, the price for sin was paid and that is exactly what Jesus did in

John 1:29 (LEB) “On the next day he saw Jesus coming to him and said, “Look! The Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world!”

He did this so that we could become righteous in Him in

Romans 3:22 (LEB) “that is, the righteousness of God through faith in Jesus Christ to all who believe. For there is no distinction”

God’s view here is made clear as he spoke to Peter before Peter was sent to Cornelius who was a Gentile and unclean in Peter’s mind. But God said to Peter before Peter shared the gospel with Cornelius in

Acts 10:15 (LEB) ‘And the voice came again to him for the second time: “The things which God has made clean, you must not consider unclean!” ’

God had already done the work and now, Cornelius and his house came into a new understanding of who God is, they were born again, made righteous in Christ, still in the world but no longer slaves to sin, and now as Paul says, there is a new kind of life for us to live as the Holy Spirit, the new nature in us works in us in

2 Corinthians 7:1 (LEB) “Therefore since we have these promises, dear friends, let us cleanse ourselves from all defilement of body and spirit, accomplishing holiness in the fear of God”

You Were Grieved to Repentance

2 Corinthians 7:8–16

Study Verses

Today’s Reading

  • 2 Corinthians 5:1-21
  • 2 Corinthians 6:1-18
  • 2 Corinthians 7:1-16

Romans 8:38–39
For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor rulers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor any other created thing, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.