Bible Discussion Thread

  • Jannelle on Genesis 10
    If Christ's coming to earth, suffering, and death on the cross was absolutely necessary for the salvation of His Church, how then could saints before that time have been saved?
  • Earl Bowman - in Reply on Genesis 10
    Jannelle, may CHRIST IN US grace us with HIS wisdom and HIS understanding.

    Galatians 3:8 And the scripture, foreseeing that God would justify the heathen through faith (CHRIST IS OUR FAITH), preached before the GOSPEL unto Abraham, saying in thee shall all these nations be blessed.

    Hebrews 4:2 For unto us was the gospel preached, AS WELL AS UNTO THEM: but the word (CHRIST) preached did not profit them, not being mixed with faith in them (CHRIST IN THEM) that heard it.

    The GOSPEL IS:

    2 Timothy 1:10 But is now made manifest (Christ in the flesh) by the appearing of our Saviour Jesus Christ, who hath ABOLISHED DEATH, and hath brought LIFE and IMMORTALITY to light through the gospel.

    1 John 3:8 He that committeth sin is of the devil (alive to the flesh), for the devil sinneth from the beginning, For this purpose (gospel) the Son of Man was MANIFESTED, that he might destroy THE WORKS OF THE DEVIL.

    This is the GOSPEL: You (seed of flesh) died on the cross with Christ and you (seed of Spirit) was RAISED with HIM.

    The saints of old received this promise also at HIS RESURRECTION

    Hebrews 11:39 And these all, having received a good report through faith, received not the promise (victory over sin and death) (CHRIST IN US):

    Hebrews 11:49 God having provided some better thing for us, that they without us should not be made perfect (accomplished at Christ death and resurrection).

    Matthew 27:52 And the graves were opened; and many bodies of the saints which slept arose,

    Matthew 27:53 And came out of the graves at HIS RESURRECTION, and went into the holy city (new Jerusalem), and appeared to many.
  • Bro Barney - in Reply on Genesis 10

    The Old Testament saints were saved the same as New Testament saints, by faith. Although they did not know who or how they were to be saved as we do on this side of Calvary, they put their faith in God to save them. They had faith in the savior to come as we have faith in the savior that came, Jesus Christ. Just read Hebrews 11 to see many of the Old Testament saints that are mentioned as having faith.

    Before Christ rose from the grave, Old Testament saints were held in Abraham's bosom as mentioned in Luke 16:22 as their sins had not yet been paid for. After Christ's resurrection, the saints were taken to heaven with Christ. Their sins paid for the same as ours, by the sacrifice of Jesus.


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