“‘Now,’ cried the apostle, ‘is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation,’ — meaning, not that now men must prepare for a future-world salvation, or safety, but that now is the time in which to experience that salvation in spirit and in life.” (Science and Health, page 39)
This message really could not be clearer! While some may believe that we are waiting for our redemption and salvation, this isn’t what the passage quoted here is saying at all.
For what does the word “now” mean? We probably don’t need a dictionary to tell us the definition, but here it is: “at the present time or moment; without further delay, immediately; at once.” I’m not getting a lot of equivocation there. Now means right this minute. And the verse says that this time for salvation is the one that is accepted, is right, is when we can fully agree to claim and live it out.
This day of salvation is not something we need to push out into the future, either in terms of some holy day achieved after death or the second coming or some divine event, or in the sense of waiting for our best experience, our truest life, our greatest understanding and awareness of the Truth of God’s Love and our own worthiness to fully know this.
Let’s try to be less occupied with preparing for some looming day, thereby pushing it off into the perpetual future, and be more occupied with living the Truth here and now. Jesus did the proving. This declaration confirms his charge to us, which is also our great blessing.
You are saved and safe now. This moment is just right and you are exactly right in it to feel and express God’s nature, that Life divine and glorious and happy and satisfied. Believe this promise! Lean into this moment with expectation. Now is the time!
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