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Question and Answer

In the Old Testament, people had to have sacrifices for them made by a priest. But we know that no one is saved by the sacrifice of bulls and goats (Heb. 10:4). So how were these saints saved?

They believed, and the Scripture says it was counted as righteousness (Rom 4:3). No one is saved by works (Rom. 10:9). They were saved just as we are today, by faith in the promises of God.

Hebrews 11 describes examples of faith by Old Testament saints. By faith, Abraham obeyed God’s call to go to a new land. By faith, Sarah had the child of promise though she was beyond the age of childbearing. By faith, Moses chose to identify with the people of God and experience suffering rather than accept the privileges of Pharaoh’s household. Old Testament saints were saved because they believed in God’s promise for them that He would provide, ultimately through the gift of His Son.

BY Mike Kellogg

Mike Kellogg worked with Moody Radio for more than 40 years, beginning in 1972. For many years he was the reader on Continued Story and began hosting Music Thru the Night in 1982. He also read the Today in the Word devotional for Moody Radio for many years. In July 2014, Mike retired from full-time radio. He is a graduate of Cedarville University, and has served as adjunct faculty in English and Speech Communications at Moody Bible Institute. He is married to Nancy, and they have 6 children and 16 grandchildren.

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