ACCEPTANCE. A term meaning that a person or act is received with approval or welcomed by another. The idea is rendered by a variety of words or expressions in the OT and NT.
In the Bible the most vital need of the person is to be acceptable to God. Sin separates. Acceptance is a condition of restoration to God. It is clear that God determines who is acceptable to Him, and He it is who provides the means of reconciliation of the estranged. God instituted reconciling sacrifices, but sacrifices in themselves are of no use if men are profane in their manner of life (
A. Richardson, An Introduction to the Theology of the(1958), 296-301.
International Standard Bible Encyclopedia (1915)
ak-sep’-tans: A rendering of the Hebrew retson, "delight," found only in