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November 26, 2007 / Daniel

How were people saved prior to Christ’s coming?

OT believers were saved by faith in the LORD’s covenant promises, which ultimately find their fulfillment in Jesus Christ (Gal. 3:6-7; Heb. 11). In this way, the death of Christ was retroactive; it made atonement for sins done prior to the cross. Through the cross, God demonstrated His justice in passing over the sins of OT believers (Rom. 3:25-26).



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  1. serial youth pastor / Nov 26 2007 5:50 pm

    Daniel this is what I have always been taught and it makes the most sense to me. however sometimes explaining this to the students I work with can be a little difficult. Some of their questions are then, “But if all they needed was faith then why did Jesus have to die?” I love honest questions from students about their faith.

  2. Daniel / Nov 26 2007 7:50 pm


    I was heard it explained like this.

    In 2 Sam. 11, David murdered Uriah and stole her wife. And then Nathan confronts him and David repents and then God forgives him. That’s all great for David, how would you think about it if you were Uriah’s dad? It would seem really unfair that God just forgave David. Something needed to be done to vindicate God’s justice in forgiving people.

    Jesus’ death shows us that God needs to punish sin even when He’s forgiving people.

    BTW, did you heard anything more about the guy who stole your money from your bank account?

  3. serial youth pastor / Nov 26 2007 8:17 pm

    yeah…our cops here in town really suck…big time. they can’t find anything out. so i took it upon myself to call the guy myself. we actually had a good talk. he was being used by someone to scam other people….i’m hoping he is right. i did tell him i turned it all over to the police though. haha.

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