Just like Christians today, the Old Testament saints were saved through faith — even though that faith lacked the clear connections to Jesus that we can see today, Gospel Coalition President Don Carson has explained.
Carson, who’s also a research professor of New Testament at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in Deerfield, Illinois, recently said that, in a broad sense, there is “no difference” between the way the Old Testament saints were saved and the way New Testament saints are saved.
“Old Testament believers were saved by grace through faith, by the grace of God whom they trusted according to His own promises,” he contended.
Unlike Christians today, however, Old Testament believers were required to observe Mosaic law, such as worshiping at the Tabernacle; participating in the sacrifices of the Day of Atonement; and observing Passover. And, just like in the original Passover, when the Israelites sprinkled the door of their house with blood, the angel of death would pass over and spare them.
“And very few of these people saw clearly how some of these sacrifices pointed forward to the ultimate sacrifice,” Carson said. “Nevertheless, they took God at His Word; they believed Him, they exercised faith, and by God’s good grace, the wrath of God was put aside. Thus, by God’s gracious arrangement of things received by the faith of the individuals and families of Israel, they were spared.”
The repeated celebration of the Passover event ultimately created a trajectory that points forward to the ultimate Passover Lamb, which leads Apostle Paul to write to the Corinthians and say, “Christ, our Passover has been sacrificed for us,” he further explained.
“By the arrangement of God, the sins were dealt with, even if they did not see the whole arc of the redemptive story as clearly as we can see it by looking back the other direction,” Carson said.
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SOURCE: Christian Post, Leah MarieAnn Klett