Psalm 69:13 English Standard Version (ESV) But as for me, my prayer is to you, O Lord. At an acceptable time, O God, in the abundance of your steadfast love answer me in your saving faithfulness.
What is the acceptable time in our lives that activates God’s saving faithfulness?
If we look at the ministry of the gospel of Jesus Christ, it did not begin until the forerunner spirit of John the Baptist came and preached repentance. The fact that Jesus came to John to be baptized even though He had done nothing to repent of before He began His ministry sets the order of saving faith.
Repent of a life lived in sin and discover the acceptable timing of saving faith.
Repentance cannot be looked at as being sorry about the life we lived. Repentance is turning our backs on living a life of sin and starting to follow righteousness.
Is righteousness an idea or a man? Neither, He is God. God’s saving faithfulness was to send His Son into the world to show us what a righteous walk looked like.
Over and over again Jesus said “Follow me.”
Where He led them was to the Cross.
The Cross is the transition point where God ended obedience to the law for righteousness sake and replaced it with faith in Christ’s sacrifice.
Galatians 2:20 English Standard Version (ESV) I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.
We “Cross over” from death to life because we place our faith in the work of the Cross. We do not get there without it.
Ephesians 2:8 English Standard Version (ESV) For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God,
At the acceptable time, beginning with repentance. It is the beginning, not the end.