2 Corinthians 6:2 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

2 Corinthians 6:2, NIV: For he says, 'In the time of my favor I heard you, and in the day of salvation I helped you.' I tell you, now is the time of God's favor, now is the day of salvation.

2 Corinthians 6:2, ESV: For he says, “In a favorable time I listened to you, and in a day of salvation I have helped you.” Behold, now is the favorable time; behold, now is the day 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.)

2 Corinthians 6:2, NASB: for He says, 'AT A FAVORABLE TIME I LISTENED TO YOU, AND ON A DAY OF SALVATION I HELPED YOU.' Behold, now is 'A FAVORABLE TIME,' behold, now is 'A DAY OF SALVATION'—

2 Corinthians 6:2, NLT: For God says, 'At just the right time, I heard you. On the day of salvation, I helped you.' Indeed, the 'right time' is now. Today is the day of salvation.

2 Corinthians 6:2, CSB: For he says:At an acceptable time I listened to you,and in the day of salvation I helped you. See, now is the acceptable time; now is the day of salvation!

What does 2 Corinthians 6:2 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

Paul has warned those in Corinth not to receive God's grace in vain. This refers to how they respond to hearing the message, not a suggestion that God's grace cannot save them. In other words, they are cautioned to accept the gospel of reconciliation with God through faith in Christ alone and nothing else. It's possible some in Corinth were being influenced by false teachers. They were trapped in counterfeit versions of the gospel that may have included legalism under the Old Testament law, or continuing to worship idols.

Paul uses a quote from Isaiah 49:8 to remind the Corinthians that this invitation to be reconciled to God through Christ is a limited time offer. God told Isaiah that He had heard the prophet in a favorable time and helped him in a day of salvation.

Paul insists that for those who would be heard and helped by God through faith in Christ, now is the favorable time and the day of salvation. God never speaks to someone to tell them to be saved "someday." He does not call on people to delay, but to turn to Christ right now.

Not every time or every day will be open for salvation. Mostly, that's because nobody knows how many days they have left in life (James 4:14). Eventually, time runs out and eternity begins. Paul may also have in mind the return of Christ and the day of judgment (1 Thessalonians 5:2). When the end comes—by death or apocalypse—it will be too late to be reconciled to God. Paul does not want his readers to hesitate to put their full faith in Christ for salvation.