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This is the Day of Grace

Turn in your Bibles to II Cor. 6:2

Millions in my generation have heard the most popular preacher in history announce, "This is the Hour of Decision!" That Pungent phrase points out the urgency of coming back to God. "This is the Day of Grace," it is later now than it have ever been. The Good News is that it is not too late yet to arise and receive the forgiveness of God in Christ Jesus.

We then, as workers together with Him, beseech you also that ye receive not the grace of God in vain. (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 [II Corinthians 6:1,2])

So God says to you, and me, today is the accepted time and this is your Day of Grace. For me to say that these are trying times would be trite. There is so much political unrest, social deterioration, economic frustration, and worst of all, religious stagnation. However, there have been other times, when as a nation we came to the end of our resources, and turned back to God and found Grace.

This is an urgent time, a late time, and a challenging time. When you use a term such as "The Day of Grace" some are ready to put you in the theological pigeon-hole of "Dispensationalist." The assigning of such a label says more about the "assigner" than thee "assignee." Why should we worry about anything, much less a theological label, when we take our stand upon the precious Word of God. There have always been, there is now, and always shall be, only One Way of Salvation, that is through the sacrificial, shed blood of the Lord Jesus Christ.

"I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by Me" [John 14:6]

From creation until the day Christ died upon the cross of Calvary, people were saved by looking forward to the death of Jesus. Since that day until right now, the only way to be saved is by looking back to the cross and accepting Jesus as your own personal Savior. Some have seen time and history divided into seven unequal periods, called 'days', or 'dispensations'. In Ephesians 3:2, Paul testifies:

"Ye have heard of the dispensation of the grace of God which is given me to you-ward."

In Ephesians 2:7 this period of time is called an AGE.

"That in the ages to come he might show the exceeding riches of his grace in his kindness toward us through Christ Jesus."

In I Corinthians 5:5 this same period is called A DAY.

"...that the spirit may be saved in the day of the Lord Jesus."

Whether the period of Grace was referred to as "Dispensation," "Age," or "Day," it always meant "Now! Today!" There is pardon for anyone who will come to Christ! "Behold now is the accepted time: behold, now is the day of salvation" [II Corinthians 6:2b].

Even a casual reading of the Bible shows that God dealt differently with Adam and Eve than he did Moses and Aaron. He dealt differently with Job than John the Baptist. He has dealt differently with the Jew than with the Gentile. He dealt differently with Israel than with the Church.

There was man in Innocence, Adam and Eve before their fall.

There was Man under Conscience, from the fall of man until the flood of Noah's day.

There was man in Authority over the earth, mankind ruling the earth until the Tower of Babel and the confusion of the languages.

There was Man under Promise, from Abraham's covenant until the Israelites' captivity in Egypt.

There was Man under Law, from the giving of the Commandments, until the death of Christ upon the cross. And now, now - and this day - it is man under Grace!

The pure unadulterated grace of God beams forth from the cross. And this is that Day, and it will last until God says, "It is enough!" and Christ returns again. Just one other dispensation, age, day or period remains. Then we will have man under the reign of Christ. This could be the drawing of this Day!

Grace has been defined in various ways. It is God's unmerited favor! It is God's divine enablement. It is God giving us, not what we deserve, but what Jesus deserved. We all deserve judgment, because we have all sinned:

"There is not a just man upon earth that doeth good and sinneth not: [Ecclesiastes 7:20]

But Jesus came and by His death upon the cross He gives us what He deserves. Instead of judgment, wrath and hell, we get salvation, joy, and peace. Under Law, God demanded righteousness; but under Grace, God gives righteousness.

"As it is written, there is none righteous, no, not one: there is none that understandeth, their is none that seeketh after God. They are all gone out of the way, they are together become unprofitable: their is none that doeth good, no, not one" [Romans 3:10-12].

None of us could be that good, so He sent Jesus and He was tempted in all points like as we are, but yet without sin. When Jesus comes into our hearts through the miracle of the New Birth, He makes us what we could never become. We are accounted as righteous the moment we are saved for His glory!

If each one fully appreciated the grace of God, our lives would be filled with constant praise to the God of all grace, who has redeemed us from our sins through Jesus Christ. There are many experiences and relationships, but there is just one doctrine in the Bible and it is grace. The brief days of fleeting opportunity will soon be gone, and you need to experience the grace of God today.

A teenager asked me, "Do you think time is running out for America?" I answered him and I say to you, "Time has already run out." He is allowing this extended period of grace to each one to accept Him before it is eternally too late. Like the last overtime period in a basketball game, regulation time has run out. However, this brief "tacked-on" period is called The Day of Grace. The issue of whether you win or lose; go to heaven or go to hell must be settled now, while He has allowed you this time.

Insurance companies and banks have a grace period; time to get your business in order. It is not owed you, you do not deserve it, you cannot sue or demand it. It's just by the goodness and free gifts that cause it to be granted. God doesn't owe you or me another opportunity, but by the expression of His love, mercy, and grace, He said that He will save you today. But don't put it off another day! This could be your last chance to be saved!

Most of the people in our world today are lost and undone, simply because they've never caught a glimpse of the grace of God. A person is dramatically changed when he sees the sensationally simple Gospel of Grace. Straight from my shoulder, and straight to your heart, God said He would save you today, but not tomorrow. There is no such thing as a "tomorrow salvation". Yesterday is gone, nothing we can do about that, tomorrow may never come, we're not promised another day. But on the authority of God's Word, He says "Now is the accepted time, and today is the day of salvation."

In Seminary and Bible school they deal with basic doctrines, like original sin, substitution, regeneration, and eschatology. Many theological terms are used to define man's relationship to God, but even the religiously uneducated, and little children can understand the grace of God. They may not be able to comprehend grace, but they can apprehend grace. So I'm asking you today, have you experienced the grace of God? You'll never understand His majesty and glory until you personally cry out to God for His grace.

Let me lay the claims of Christ upon your heart. We have a changeless message for a changing world. Whether I read from Genesis or Revelation, or anywhere in between, the message is just the same. He loves you and will remake you by His power and grace. It is not by any accident you are reading these words right now. You should realize that personally He died for you. He arose on the third day, He lives on high, and He soon will return. Let this day be your Grace Day!

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