How Were the Old Testament Saints Saved?

Answer: Just like we are, by God’s grace in Jesus, received through faith.

  • Not through works (keeping the law) – Romans 3:20 – “Therefore no one will be declared righteous in His sight by observing the law”
  • Not by animal sacrifices – Hebrews 10:4 – “It is impossible for the blood of bulls and goats to take away sin”
  • By grace – Romans 3:25 – “God presented Jesus as a sacrifice of atonement, through faith in his blood. He did this to demonstrate his justice, because in his forbearance he had left the sins committed beforehand unpunished.”
  • The Old Testament saints are saved by the same faith (belief in God, His word and promises) as we are – Romans 3:28-30 – “For we maintain that a man is justified by faith apart from observing the law. Is God the God of Jews only? Is he not the God of Gentiles too? Yes, of Gentiles too, since there is only one God, who will justify the circumcised (Jews, OT) by faith and the uncircumcised (Gentiles) by that same faith.”
  • Case in point: Abraham – Romans 4:3 quoting Genesis 15:6 – “Abraham believed God (the promises he made to him) and it was credited to him as righteousness”
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