16. How Will The Old Testament Saints Be Saved, If All Must Come Through Christ? (John 14:6)
This is a good question. This concern is taken from (John 14:6) “Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.”
However, if we fail to rightly divide the word of God it would appear to be impossible. Consider what the Bible tells us about Salvation, in “select” passages.
According to the Bible there are several required steps necessary for all sinners, if we were to take every scripture literally. This however would create several immediate problems for many of the Old Testament Saints.
Their Belief Is Missing
We are told by Peter that a person should BELIEVE in Jesus Christ and be baptized in the name of Jesus (Acts 2:38). Jesus said, “He who believes and is baptized will be saved; but he who does not believe will be condemned” (Mark 16:16). How would the Old Testament Saints come to believe in Jesus as the Son of God (1John 5:5)? It is by hearing the Word of God. “So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God” (Romans 10:17).
Therefore, a person should have faith in Christ, who we know did not exist during this time period (being the seed of David- yet to be born by Mary, who was yet to be born herself), if in fact Jesus was indeed a real “human being” and the true blood offspring (descendant) of David (not just the outward appearance of a human).
Their Confession Is Missing
It is stated that a person should also CONFESS his faith in Christ.
(Romans 10:9-10) “If you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.” Here again, we are presented with another apparent impossibility, as Jesus had not yet been born, crucified or resurrected from the Dead.
Their Repentance Is Missing
A person is to REPENT of their sins and be baptized.
(Acts 2:38) “Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins; and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.”
Fulfillment Occurs On Judgment Day
It becomes clear that the criteria for the Old Testament Saints were not totally the same prior to Christ. Yet we know that there are those who the Bible characterizes as Holy men of God (2Peter 1:21). Many of whom were obedient, righteous and faithful to the will of God (Mat 25:46, Luke 1:6), which as we all know is a good thing.
Nonetheless, this passage in (John 14:6) is true literally, “Jesus saith unto him, ….. no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.”
Because everyone will be judged (John 5:29, Acts 24:15), and everyone (including the Old Testament Saints) will stand before the judgment seat of Jesus Christ (John 5:22, Acts 17:31, Romans 2:16, 14:10, 2Cor 5:10, 2Tim 4:1) and this fulfills the truth Jesus speaks of.