How were people saved in the Old Testament before the death of Jesus Christ?

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There has been only one way of salvation for people throughout the ages, and that is through faith in God. In the Old Testament, people believed in the blood of animal sacrifices and in the New Testament people believed in the blood of Christ for the Old Testament sacrificial system pointed forward to the ministry of Christ on the cross ( Hebrews 10:1-10).

Believers in the Old Testament looked forward to Christ ministry. Adam believed God’s promise of salvation that the Seed of the woman would conquer Satan (Genesis 3:15). Abraham continued in that faith and “believed in the LORD; and he counted it to him for righteousness” (Genesis 15:6). And we today look backward believing that Christ has already taken care of our sins “So Christ was once offered to bear the sins of many; and unto them that look for him shall he appear the second time without sin unto salvation” (Hebrews 9:28).

Believers, today, have more understanding of God than the people living before the resurrection of Christ “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). Therefore, our response today should be to accept His love without delay “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life” (John 3:16).

After accepting God’s love, we are to share it with the world. In 1 John 3:1 the beloved disciple says, “Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us.” Words fail to express the depth of that eternal, changeless love, and with John we are to invite men to “behold” and accept it.

In His service,

BibleAsk Team

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