How Were Jews Saved in the Old Testament?

by John Hendryx

Between the fall of Adam and the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, how were people's sins atoned for?

Was there true salvation as we know it in NT times? Also, if the Law doesn't save, how did it 'work' for OT believers? Were they trusting in Messiah and didn't know it?


In both eras God's people were saved by grace alone. God is holy, and thus, fallen humanity was never saved by observing the Law. In both the Old and New Testament era God's standard for us remains the same: perfect righteousness, so at all times we would have to keep the Law perfectly to earn our own redemption and win God's acceptance. The Law is therefore, not meant to save but rather strip us of all hope of looking to self for salvation, a tutor to lead us to Christ (Gal 3:24) for it condemns each of us exposing the deep roots of our sinful nature and thus our desperate need for a Savior. But Christ alone fulfilled all righteousness (Matt 3:15), a sinless savior who died and counts His people free from the condemnation of the Law.

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