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I often get the question, “How were people saved in the Old Testament?” To answer this question, I usually follow the Apostle Paul’s logic in Romans 4.
How Were People Saved in the Old Testament?
God - Abraham - Nation - Day - Salvation
When God chose Abraham to father a nation and promised to one day bring salvation into the world through him, Abraham and his wife were already in their 70s. They continued to be childless until they were 90 years old.
Still, “[Abraham] believed, hoping against hope, so that he became the father of many nations according to what had been spoken: So will your descendants be” (Romans 4:18 CSB).
Abraham - God - Promise - God - Life
Abraham didn’t just believe in God in general; he believed a specific promise God had made, and he adjusted his life around it.
From that point on, Abraham started walking around with the expectation that he was having kids soon. He built a nursery and started picking out baby names, all while scouting out land for a new nation.
Abraham - God - Righteousness - Romans
And, because Abraham “was fully convinced that what God had promised, he was also able to do … it was credited to him for righteousness” (Romans 4:21–22).
Tim Keller says, “Saving faith is not believing that God is there. Further, it is not believing in a God who saves. It is believing God when he promises a way of salvation by grace.”
Faith - Object - Promise - God - Faith
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