II Corinthians 6:2

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.

John Dobell, a port inspector in Great Britain, published a hymnal in 1808, introducing many hymns he wrote. He is the author of this forgotten gem:

Now is th’accepted time,
Now is the day of grace
Now, sinners, come without delay,
And seek the Saviour’s face.

Now is th’accepted time,
The Saviour calls to-day;
To-morrow, it may be too late;
Then why should you delay?

Now is th’accepted time,
The Gospel bids you come;
And every promise in His word,
Declares there yet is room.

Lord, draw reluctant souls,
And feast them with Thy love;
Then will the angels swiftly fly
To bear the news above.

II Corinthians 6:17-18

Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you. And will be a Father unto you, and ye shall be my sons and daughters, saith the Lord Almighty.

John Newton’s hymn “The Lord’s Call to His Elect” includes a paraphrase of II Corinthians 6:17-18 as its fourth and fifth verses.

Let us adore the grace that seeks
To draw our hearts above!
Attend, ’tis God the Savior speaks,
And every word is love.

So holy, just and pure his throne,
Each angel veils his face,
A people still he calls his own,
Amongst our sinful race.

Careless, awhile, thy live in sin,
Enslaved to Satan’s power;
But they obey the call divine,
In his appointed hour.

“Come forth, he says, no more pursue,
The path that leads to death;
Look up, bleeding Savior view,
Look, and be saved by faith.

“My sons and daughters you shall be,
Through the atoning blood;
And you shall claim, and find in me,
A Father and a God.”

Lord, speak these words to every heart,
By thine all-powerful voice;
That we may now from sin depart,
And make thy love our choice.

If now we learn to seek thy face,
By Christ the living way;
We’ll praise thee for this hour of grace,
Through an eternal day.

Expository Songs

Should we receive that grace in vain (II Corinthians 6:1-10)
Lyrics

Now is the accepted Time (II Corinthians 6:2)
John Dobell
Lyrics | Sheet Music

The Lord’s Call To His Elect (II Corinthians 6:17-18) (1779)
John Newton | Popularized by Olney Hymns (1779)
Lyrics | Sheet Music

Come Out from Among Them (II Corinthians 6:17)
Barney Warren
Lyrics | Sheet Music

Other References

I’ll Dare to Be Different (II Corinthians 6:17)
Debra Shepherd | Popularized by The McKameys
Lyrics | YouTube

The Happiness of the Children of God (II Corinthians 6:18)
Anne Steele
Lyrics

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