How were men saved prior to Sinai, under the Mosaic law and after the cross?
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|There is only one way
that men could ever be saved. Christ is the only door by
which we can enter the kingdom. There was not one gospel
for the Old Testament and a different one for the New
Testament. The same gospel has always been the means of
This is sometimes called the "antiquity of the gospel" -- the idea that only one gospel has ever saved anyone prior to Sinai, under the Mosaic law and after the cross. Men have always been saved through grace by faith in Jesus Christ. In every age, there has only been one gospel that could save anyone.
Prior to Sinai:
Under the Mosaic law:
After the cross
Because this is intended to be a brief explanation, we have included just a few of the biblical references that illustrate this fact. It is important to understand that the same gospel of Christ has always been the only means by which people could be saved and have eternal life.
Nevertheless, many evangelical ministers are confused about this issue. Some maintain that a different plan of salvation applied to those in the Old Testament or that they never knew salvation. That is simply not true. The gospel of Jesus Christ is the only way that people could ever be saved.
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