Salvation before Jesus Christ

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  1. IAMWEAK_2007

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    How is the salvation works for believers before Jesus Christ say "I am the way the truth and the life...."
     
  2. Deacon

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    For the promise to Abraham and his offspring that he would be heir of the world did not come through the law but through the righteousness of faith. Romans 4:13, ESV

    Read Romans 4 for Paul's complete answer.

    Rob
     
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    It’s always been about faith, long before Christ was resurrected …. go back as far as Cain/Abel.

    1 John 3 says that Cain was evil and Abel was righteous. Genesis says Cain and his offering were rejected and Abel and his offering were accepted. Why was Abel considered righteous and accepted? Well, it wasn’t about bloody sheep vs. a basket of grain. That would have made Abel’s righteousness based on works. And Leviticus is full of commands about grain offerings, drink offerings, and more that did not include blood. It's about the man first, the offering by default. It's about the heart/faith/belief.

    Hebrews 11:4 says that Abel had faith in God as opposed to Cain. Jude says that Cain and two others in the Old Testament are whom evil men today are like because Cain, Balaam, and Korah – in part – didn’t recognize God’s authority over all like Michael, the archangel did. If one doesn’t recognize God’s authority over all, then one cannot have faith in God.

    But before Jesus, how did that faith work?

    Hebrews 11:8-16 says that Abraham and the other Old Testament people of faith put their faith in the promises of God even though they never saw those promises fulfilled completely.

    [8] By faith Abraham, when called to go to a place he would later receive as his inheritance, obeyed and went, even though he did not know where he was going. [9] By faith he made his home in the promised land like a stranger in a foreign country; he lived in tents, as did Isaac and Jacob, who were heirs with him of the same promise. [10] For he was looking forward to the city with foundations, whose architect and builder is God. [11] And by faith even Sarah, who was past childbearing age, was enabled to bear children because she considered him faithful who had made the promise.[12] And so from this one man, and he as good as dead, came descendants as numerous as the stars in the sky and as countless as the sand on the seashore.

    [13] All these people were still living by faith when they died. They did not receive the things promised; they only saw them and welcomed them from a distance, admitting that they were foreigners and strangers on earth. [14] People who say such things show that they are looking for a country of their own. [15] If they had been thinking of the country they had left, they would have had opportunity to return. [16] Instead, they were longing for a better country—a heavenly one. Therefore God is not ashamed to be called their God, for he has prepared a city for them.
     
  4. Yeshua1

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    same way as for us, as the basis for salvation always has been the Cross, they just looked forward to Messiah coming, while we look back!
     

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