How were people saved before Jesus died for our sins? | How were people saved in the OT?

How were people saved before Jesus died for our sins? | How were people saved in the OT?


Today’s question is, “How were people saved
before Jesus died for our sins?” In this video I’ll answer that question
from a biblical perspective. Afterwards, as always, I’ll share some helpful
resources, so stick around until the end. Since the fall of man, the basis of salvation
has always been the death of Christ. No one, either prior to the cross or since
the cross, would ever be saved without that one pivotal event in the history of the world. Christ’s death paid the penalty for past sins
of Old Testament saints and future sins of New Testament saints. The requirement for salvation has always been
faith. The object of one’s faith for salvation has
always been God. The psalmist wrote, “Blessed are all who
take refuge in him” (Psalm 2:12). Genesis 15:6 tells us that Abraham believed
God and that was enough for God to credit it to him for righteousness (see also Romans
4:3-8). The Old Testament sacrificial system did not
take away sin, as Hebrews 10:1-10 clearly teaches. It did, however, point to the day when the
Son of God would shed His blood for the sinful human race. What has changed through the ages is the content
of a believer’s faith. God’s requirement of what must be believed
is based on the amount of revelation He has given mankind up to that time. This is called progressive revelation. Adam believed the promise God gave in Genesis
3:15 that the Seed of the woman would conquer Satan. Adam believed Him, demonstrated by the name
he gave Eve (v. 20) and the Lord indicated His acceptance immediately by covering them
with coats of skin (v. 21). At that point that is all Adam knew, but he
believed it. Abraham believed God according to the promises
and new revelation God gave him in Genesis 12 and 15. Prior to Moses, no Scripture was written,
but mankind was responsible for what God had revealed. Throughout the Old Testament, believers came
to salvation because they believed that God would someday take care of their sin problem. Today, we look back, believing that He has
already taken care of our sins on the cross (See, John 3:16; Hebrews 9:28). What about believers in Christ’s day, prior
to the cross and resurrection? What did they believe? Did they understand the full picture of Christ
dying on a cross for their sins? Late in His ministry, “Jesus began to explain
to his disciples that he must go to Jerusalem and suffer many things at the hands of the
elders, chief priests and teachers of the law, and that he must be killed and on the
third day be raised to life” (Matthew 16:21-22). What was the reaction of His disciples to
this message? “Then Peter took him aside and began to
rebuke him. ‘Never, Lord!’ he said. ‘This shall never happen to you!’” Peter and the other disciples did not know
the full truth, yet they were saved because they believed that God would take care of
their sin problem. They didn’t exactly know how He would accomplish
that, any more than Adam, Abraham, Moses, or David knew how, but they believed God. Today, we have more revelation than the people
living before the resurrection of Christ; we know the full picture. “In the past God spoke to our forefathers
through the prophets at many times and in various ways, but in these last days he has
spoken to us by his Son, whom he appointed heir of all things, and through whom he made
the universe” (Hebrews 1:1-2). Our salvation is still based on the death
of Christ, our faith is still the requirement for salvation, and the object of our faith
is still God. Today, for us, the content of our faith is
that Jesus Christ died for our sins, He was buried, and He rose the third day. Want to learn more? Subscribe so you don’t miss the next video! Visit GotQuestions.org for more great content. And check out the details section below this
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