Salvation: a kind and gentle act

Copyright (c) 2017, E. Thone Hall

First noting that salvation is salvation and unchanging, we note differences in the NT and OT understanding.

The New Testament understanding of salvation:

2 Corinthians‬ ‭6:2‬ ‭KJV‬‬

“(For he saith, I have heard thee in a time accepted, and in the day of salvation have I succoured thee: behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation.)”

The Old Testament understanding of salvation:

Isaiah 49:8 KJV

“Thus saith the Lord, In an acceptable time have I heard thee, and in a day of salvation have I helped thee: and I will preserve thee, and give thee for a covenant of the people, to establish the earth, to cause to inherit the desolate heritages;”

1.Note the difference in the articles: “the day of salvation” vs. “a day of salvation”, this seems to emphasize that in Isaiah’s time, salvation was considered a shared experience (keeping the law, blood sacrifice atonement, etc.) and thus each person had a day of salvation ; in Paul’s day the concept of personal salvation had been taught by Jesus and thus the day of salvation was important.

2.Note the “hard” vs. “soft” words also: helped vs. succored, we help a neighbor build a fence; but we succor our infants and loved ones.

3.Finally, we note the end of each verse: in the OT, everything is setting the stage, “give…a covenant”, “establish the earth”, “inherit the desolate heritages” (the unused glory that God had planned for Israel); whereas, in the NT, everything is here and now: “now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation.”

How thankful that we have a loving God who then, now, and forever has a plan for our salvation!

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