How could Moses esteem the reproach of Christ??
Hebrews 11:24-26 "By faith Moses...esteeming the reproach of Christ greater riches than the tresures in Egypt: for he had respect unto the recompence of the reward."
How could Moses esteem the reproach of Christ, when he was born two thousand years later? Does this verse prove that people are saved the same way in the OT and NT?
There has always been only one way for man to be reconciled to God. That is through the Lord Jesus Christ. Old Testament Saints were not saved by the law for the law cannot justify or make us righteous in the sight of God. Paul said that the law was simply a schoolmaster that shows us our sin and need for a Saviour.
As soon as Adam and Eve sinned God shed the blood of animals to make a covering for them, to cover their shame. This was a picture of what Christ would do. He suffered and died to cover or wash away our sins. The O.T. Saints understood that Christ would come - they believed this and it was counted to them as righteousness.
The O.T. Saints were saved on "lay-a-way". When they died they went to Paradise, waiting for Christ to come. N.T. Saints go straight to heaven when they die because Christ has already come.
Im not fully satisfied with the previous answer by Preacher. Now it was true that any ordinances or observation of the law could not ultimately save and totally get rid of their sin. Jesus talks about Lazarus in Abrahams bosom comforting him. And Jesus did save the righteous who made it as far as there.
But when the law was in effect, if a person broke it, and didnt do the sacrifices, they would be damned. Righteousness during the law dispensation was by the law, NOT by believing that a messiah would come or as some term it "looking forward to the cross". Those that obserevd the law made it as far as Abraham's bosom, who Christ then "fully" saved when he descended to hell and ressurected. Even Satan believed the messiah would come. It seems scriptural that eveyrone to be truly saved ultimately does need the blood of Christ. But you cannot be saved "by grace through faith" if Christ hadn't yet come! (Unless God said that that was the method of righteousness, which he didn't)
Everyone is made righteous the same way: by doing what God tells you to do. In one time he said eat of the tree of life. at another he said to obey the laws, there was a time without either. now God says believe on his Son.
And this may be another topic, but the scriptures seem to say that during the great tribulation, salvation will not be by "grace through faith" only. It will require a measure of works, including not taking the mark, and "keeping the commandments of God and the testimony of Jesus"
And again, during the millenium, at the end of which Satan will be "loosed a little season" and "shall go out to deceive nations". Because he does win over Gog and Magog, some people during that time will be deceived and have their part with Satan in the lake of fire - even though they haev been living in the presence of God under the iron rule of Christ for a thousand years (there will be no athiest in the millenium!). When faith grants righteousness, it is always when the substance was not evident or plain. Simply believing on Christ cannot be the method of salvation in the millenium either.