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God’s Favour and Salvation

Augustine Ampratwum-duah

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It is very instructive to know that there is a time in God’s economy when He listens to sinners and responds to those who are repentant – precisely, this is the day of salvation.

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2 Corinthians 6:2

He says,

“In the time of my favour I have heard you,
and in the day of salvation, I helped you.”

I tell you, now is the time of God’s favour, now is the day of salvation. [NIV]

For He says:

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“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.” [NKJV]

It is very instructive to know that there is a time in God’s economy when He listens to sinners and responds to those who are repentant – precisely, this is the day of salvation. That day of salvation is congruous to God’s divine favour. Thus, salvation is the greatest expression of God’s favour, and it is a time God sovereignly chooses; it is not our own choosing.

It is exactly the time God saves mankind from the clutches of sin through His Son Jesus Christ. God, by sending His Son Jesus Christ to the earth, bestowed His divine favour upon mankind. The day you received Jesus Christ as your personal Lord and Saviour is the day God’s favour begins to rest upon your life. That day of salvation is glorious, rich, and loaded with every spiritual blessing.

That day of salvation, a memorial day never to be forgotten, is cheering news. Why is it so? Well, mankind, heavily burdened with guilt and plagued with all sorts of sin, were redeemed. Salvation, then, is the time of God’s favour and it is not a matter to trivialize. It is a great thing needed, and He gave to us through His Son Jesus Christ.

To miss salvation is to miss everything, thus putting life in eternal jeopardy! This salvation is free, for Christ is free. Beloved, Hebrews 2:3 says, “How shall we escape if we neglect so great a salvation…” God gratuitously offered salvation to all people.

As explicitly stated in Titus 2:11, “For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men.” How can we spurn God’s favour? Many people are putting off making this important decision to receive God’s salvation, thinking that there will be a better time, but they could easily miss it.

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The urgency of salvation for the soul is rendered in our biblical text with double emphasis “Now.” “Now” is the time of God’s favour; now is the day of salvation. The period in which to act is “now,” not yesterday that is past; not tomorrow which is the future yet to come. There might be ample reasons to glance over the shoulder at future possibilities; however, the Lord of the ‘now’ calls you to celebrate life now without regrets.

What regrets hold you hostage? What kind of energy do you need to expend obeying God now? The tendency to procrastinate is often strong – there is enough time, oh tomorrow, one hypothesizes, but never materializes.

This reflects the human view of life, but the divine is otherwise: “Now is the time of God’s favour; behold, now is the day of salvation.” Man, with hardened heart, consequently play with the perils of delay to his own destruction, for life may be cut short speedily and suddenly.

This is the sinfulness of delay – what an injustice to our lives, and what an insult to God’s graciousness! God has had varied sorts of days: He had a day to create, a day to preserve, a day to afflict, and a day to judge, but the day of salvation is ‘now.’ There is no time like the present now to receive God’s favour. Divine message of salvation is pressed home today.

You cannot wonder at the urgency of God, for God knows what a loss of salvation involves – it is the day of God’s favour, and the day of salvation is now! Thus, make much of this day; it is a glorious day.

Never let it be lost forever! God’s favour is today – it is a glorious day of salvation. Let us give Him the praise and adoration for this day henceforth! Beloved, relish in God’s divine favour now. Open the heart to receive the greatest gift ever – the gift of salvation now! Amen.

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Prayer: Heavenly Father, thank You for this day of salvation. I will work daily toward it with fear and trembling; O my God, help me! Father, thank You for this day of divine favour and visitation which gladly I receive into my heart. Lord, I pray that it may totally change my entire outlook in life from this day forward.

Father, today I declare the reality of my salvation and Your divine favour upon me. Father, take all the glory. Reign and rule in my life. Heavenly Father, I give You all the praise, honour, and adoration through Your Son Jesus Christ. In my Lord’s name I pray. Amen.

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