Summary: This is sermon #2 in a series explaining how the Old Testament Saints were saved.
How Were People Saved Before Jesus? - Part 2
10 Of this salvation the prophets have inquired and searched carefully, who prophesied of the grace that would come to you,
11searching what, or what manner of time, the Spirit of Christ who was in them was indicating when He testified beforehand the sufferings of Christ and the glories that would follow.
12To them it was revealed that, not to themselves, but to us they were ministering the things which now have been reported to you through those who have preached the gospel to you by the Holy Spirit sent from heaven--things which angels desire to look into.
Today we continue looking at what the Bible says
about how Old Testament people were saved.
Just a quick review of what we covered last Sunday.
Last Sunday I pointed out what the Bible says:
#1. They were not saved by any work of righteousness,
Titus 3:5. not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to His mercy He saved us, through the washing of regeneration and renewing of the Holy Spirit,
#2. They were saved by faith alone,
Romans 4:3, 5. For what does the Scripture say? "Abraham believed God, and it was accounted to him for righteousness." 4 Now to him who works, the wages are not counted as grace but as debt. 5 But to him who does not work but believes on Him who justifies the ungodly, his faith is accounted for righteousness,
#3. They were saved by faith alone in Christ alone,
Jesus said in John 8:56. Your father Abraham rejoiced to see My day, and he saw it and was glad."
The Hebrew people considered themselves descendants of Abraham.
Romans 4:3 says, For what does the Scripture say? "Abraham believed God, and it was accounted to him for righteousness."
Galatians 3:6 says, just as Abraham "believed God, and it was accounted to him for righteousness."
James 2:23 says, And the Scripture was fulfilled which says, "Abraham believed God, and it was accounted to him for righteousness." And he was called the friend of God.
So 2,000 years before Jesus came,
Abraham looked ahead in time
and believed in the coming Christ for eternal life.
Therefore, Abraham was saved by faith alone in Jesus alone.
Job made a similar statement in Job 19:25-26
For I know that my Redeemer lives, And He shall stand at last on the earth;
26 And after my skin is destroyed, this I know, That in my flesh I shall see
So thousands of years before Jesus came,
Job knew that his Redeemer was coming to this earth
to pay the price for his sins.
Job had assurance that because of his Redeemer,
he would live with God after his death.
Moses is another person often mentioned in the Old Testament
and Hebrews 11:26 has this to say about him,
esteeming the reproach of Christ greater riches than the treasures in Egypt; for he looked to the reward.
Moses lived 1,500 years before Jesus came.
Yet, Moses not only believed in a coming Christ,
he also understood God’s truth about rewards.
Moses even wrote about Jesus.
John 5:46 says Jesus said to the Jews,
For if you believed Moses, you would believe Me; for he wrote about Me.
So Abraham, Job, and Moses show us
that before Jesus came, people were saved
by believing in Jesus who was yet to come.
Today, we are saved by believing in the same Jesus.
They looked forward and we look back.
People have always been saved in the same way,
by faith alone in Jesus alone.
That still leaves us with a question.
How did people know how to be saved
before the Old Testament was written?
Abraham and Job lived about 2,000 B.C.
Moses lived about 1500 B.C.
The Book of Job was probably written about 2000-1500 B.C.
The Old Testament was written by Moses in about 1450 B.C.
The rest of the Old Testament
ended with Malachi in about 450-400 B.C.
So Abraham, Job, and Moses did not have the Old Testament.
Yet, they believed in the coming Jesus.
Before them for thousands of years all the way back to Adam,
people did not have the Old Testament.
So how did they know how to be saved?
There can be only one answer.
Point #1. In the beginning, God gave this verbal revelation Himself .
The Bible tells us that God spoke directly to Adam and Eve.
Then the LORD God called to Adam and said to him, "Where are you?" 10 So he said, "I heard Your voice in the garden, and I was afraid because I was naked; and I hid myself." 11 And He said, "Who told you that you were naked? Have you eaten from the tree of which I commanded you that you should not eat?"