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!