- January 23, 2017 at 7:59 am #127470
Many, many people are under the misconception that people in the Old Testament were saved by works, or some combination of faith plus works. This could not be further from the truth.
Hebrews 11 is a compilation of some of the most recognizable OT names. There is not one person named who was not saved by grace through faith.
Hebrews 11:1-3 Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. For by it the elders obtained a good report. Through faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that things which are seen were not made of things which do appear.
… all the prophets.
So please do not think for a second that works had any part in the salvation of these people. It was then as it is today, only by faith and the grace of God.
There is one difference between the Old Testament and the New Testament in the salvation context though, and that is the way in which the Holy Spirit acts. In the OT, the Holy Spirit rested on and worked alongside people. After David sinned against Uriah with Bathsheba, then had Uriah killed, David pleaded with the Lord not take His Spirit from David. Thus, it would have been possible for the Lord to do so.
From Matthew 25’s parable of the 10 virgins with the lamps and oil, we can see it will be the same during Daniel’s 70th Week. The Holy Spirit will not reside inside. Rather, He will work alongside.
However, in the New Testament, we are sealed with the Holy Spirit after our profession of faith in the gospel message of Jesus Christ.
Ephesians 4:30 And grieve not the holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption.
The Lord cannot and will not remove His Spirit from us, like He could have done in the OT. The Holy Spirit is the down payment on our inheritance, which is currently being stored for us in heaven.
Ephesians 1:13-14 In whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that holy Spirit of promise, Which is the earnest of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, unto the praise of his glory.
I Peter 1:3-5 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, which according to his abundant mercy hath begotten us again unto a lively hope by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, To an inheritance incorruptible, and undefiled, and that fadeth not away, reserved in heaven for you, Who are kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation ready to be revealed in the last time.
So you see, salvation has always been by one means and one means alone – grace through faith. The only difference between the Old Testament and the New Testament is the manner in which the Holy Spirit works with those saved by grace through faith: alongside or inside. For us, He is inside.Romans1:16 For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek. 17 For therein is the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith: as it is written, The just shall live by faith.
January 23, 2017 at 12:18 pm #127481
The Lord is my rock, and my fortress, and my deliverer; my God, my strength, in whom I will trust; my buckler, and the horn of my salvation, and my high tower.January 23, 2017 at 12:27 pm #127482
Amen..! No If’s, and’s, or Buts about it…January 23, 2017 at 1:36 pm #127488
Thank you for sharing this Heather. You make an EXTREMELY important point. I’m very much a dispensationalist, but some dispensationalists have taken it too far in suggesting that people were saved by works in the Old Testament, grace in the New, and works again in the 70th Week / Millennium.
It has always been by grace through faith – after all, Paul in Romans has a lengthy discourse on Abraham’s imputed righteousness through faith. The blood of Christ that cleanses our sin, is the same blood that cleansed the sins of David, Job, Abraham, et al.
You lived the life I could never live,
You died the death that I deserve,
You rose to life and now You live,
That's how You forgive!January 23, 2017 at 1:40 pm #127489
Love this!January 23, 2017 at 1:45 pm #127490
Yeah, salvation won’t be based on works in the Trib, either. Always faith. Always, always, always. Why will people be martyred? For their FAITH.
Won’t be any fun, that’s for sure.Romans1:16 For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek. 17 For therein is the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith: as it is written, The just shall live by faith.
January 23, 2017 at 4:15 pm #127493
Thanks for the reminder. We can never hear too much of this message.
The eyes of the Lord range throughout the entire earth, to strengthen those whose heart is true to him.
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