Is Salvation in the Old Testament?

Have you ever thought about salvation in the Old Testament?

I’ve already shown how the very word translated as “Salvation” in the OT is quite often the word “Yeshua,” which is Jesus in Hebrew.

Keep in mind that God is not a changing God. He is the same yesterday, today, and forever. Did Moses and David have a path to salvation?

In other words how did the people in the Old Testament get saved if there was no Jesus on the cross or Jesus rising from the grave?

I have heard it preached that before the cross, you had to live a perfect sinless life to make it to heaven. Now, I don’t think everyone believes that but I hear it preached. How did someone get saved without the Precious Blood of the savior atoning for our sins?

We know that there was an entire sacrificial system setup. Now fast-forward from those times to the Messiah. If Messiah became that sacrifice, and He takes our sins, there must have been a placing of sin on the sacrificed animals of the Old Testament. So if the scriptures in Hebrews are correct, it would seem that salvation WAS possible to the “B. C.” believers.

If this is the case, all those preachers who preach OT vs. NT as those people had to be perfect, would be wrong.

As a matter of fact, let me share this scripture which describes salvation in very simple terms.

But if the wicked turn from all his sins that he has committed, and keep all my statutes, and do that which is lawful and right, he shall surely live, he shall not die.  None of his transgressions that he has committed shall be remembered against him: in his righteousness that he has done he shall live.  Have I any pleasure in the death of the wicked? says the Lord Yahweh; and not rather that he should return from his way, and live?  

But when the righteous turns away from his righteousness, and commits iniquity, and does according to all the abominations that the wicked man does, shall he live? None of his righteous deeds that he has done shall be remembered: in his trespass that he has trespassed, and in his sin that he has sinned, in them shall he die. – Ezekial 18:21-24

Take a moment and let that sink in. How do you feel? Do you think contemporary pastors and church goers like these words? Where do most of us go in our minds when we are challenged with scriptures like this?

We, most often, say, “That was Old Covenant,” and leave it at that.

But, remember, the New Covenant body of believers only had the Old Testament. They didn’t have the same narrative that you and I encounter on Christian radio today.


I have to say that repentance is a key concept here. Turning from unrighteousness and following His righteousness is the “how” of this salvation message. It doesn’t say that a person has to have lived a sinless life for all the days of her life. It is a tremendous message of hope.

A few years back, I started to ask myself about the Messiah’s work on earth and how we continue to preach New Testament as the victor over the Old Testament, in a sense. Kind of like the new kid came into town and beat up the Old Testament. Then the OT just went away quietly while the NT became the cool kid on the block.

I simply don’t think that Jesus came here to beat up the Old Testament, that is the actual Word of God. He came here to beat up on sin and death, and, of course, the adversary. 

Remember how he silenced the enemy during His trials in the wilderness. He quoted the Old Testament. He quoted Torah. How powerful is the Word of God? Is it only the New Testament that shows us a way to salvation?

Here is a great scripture. One of those supporting scriptures that helped me out a lot.

From infancy, you have known the holy Scriptures (Old Testament at that time) which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith, which is in Christ Jesus. Every Scripture is God-breathed and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for instruction in righteousness, – II Tim 3:15-16

What scriptures have helped you lately? Do you still use an Old Testament?

Moses taught repentance. The prophets preached repentance. Jesus proclaimed repentance. Who are we to say there is a new Way?

Repentance and Faith

God’s instructions are what is often called Torah. Don’t let anyone frighten you away from the blessings found in His profitable Word. His Salvation can be known in there. Yeshua is the living Word. His call from cover to cover is to repent and follow the Way, the Truth, and the Life.

Have you ever really repented? Or did you simply ask Jesus to come into your heart?

I know I got pretty serious in this post, but what if someone reading this is inspired to seek a closer relationship with God? 

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