These words are taken from the prophet Isaiah, Isa_49:8. They are a promise which God the Father made to Christ as Mediator, That in the great work of saving his church, the Father would accept and succour him as the Head of the church: I have heard thee in an accepted time, in the day of salvation.
Here note, There is a two-fold day of salvation: the one was Christ's day for the purchase of salvation; the other is our duty, for the application.
1. Christ had a season assigned him for the impetration or purchase of salvation; and he set in, and complies with that season, and it became an acceptable time with respect to him.
2. We have also our season alloted us by God, for the application of Christ and his benefits to our souls.
Behold, now is our accepted time, now is our day of salvation: let us prize it highly, and improve it faithfully. 'Tis a day, and that is but a short space of time; 'tis a day, and therefore continually spending: 'tis a day, therefore when once gone is irrecoverably gone. Our working day is a wasting day; 'tis a day, and that will be followed with a night, in which none can work, but only lament their folly in not working: Behold then, now is the accepted time, now is the day of salvation.