A Question I Was Asked:

Why Did God Not Tell Moses, Aaron, Joshua and all the Other Old Testament Luminaries that Obedience to the Ten Commandments and all those Other Laws Could Never Save Them?

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As one of your ministry's three keynote Scriptures you claim this:

'Therefore, my friends, I want you to know that through Jesus the forgiveness of sins is proclaimed to you. Through him everyone who believes is set free from every sin, a justification you were not able to obtain under the law of Moses.' (Acts 13:38-39).

My question is: Why did God not tell Moses, Aaron, Joshua and all the other Old Testament luminaries that obedience to the Ten Commandments and all those other laws could never save them? Another point: it was freedom from every sin; some Christians don't seem to believe that.

UK Apologetics Reply:

Okay. You make two interesting points. First point: Why did God not clearly explain to people like Moses that obedience to the Ten Commandments was required, yet could not save a single soul? Because the time was not yet right (back then) to teach this. We have to accept that God is the supreme timer of these things. God was teaching all of us a lesson! God was dealing with Israel much like a parent teaches a child. Every parent knows that children need to be taught one step at a time for the teaching to 'sink in.' Also, it would not have been correct to make certain knowledge generally available until Jesus - the Saviour of mankind - delivered it in His first century AD ministry! Now, of course, this salvation is projected forwards and backwards to every person who has ever lived. The saved that we read about in the Old Testament are only saved through Christ. Effectively, Christ is 'the Lamb who was slain from the creation of the world.' See Revelation 13:8. So the efficacy of His sacrifice is not limited by its timing. Having said that, the Old Testament does contain many strong hints of the general salvation to be announced at a later time. The bottom line is: nobody has ever actually lost out salvation-wise though living before the time of Jesus.

Second point: I'm afraid that it is true that some Christians seem to act as though certain sins are not forgivable when the Bible only refers to one unforgivable sin: blasphemy against Jesus Christ in the full knowledge of Who He is. The New Testament seems pretty clear that some of the first century religious authorities who dealt with Jesus had committed the Unforgivable Sin. And even that particular one cannot and is not to be evaluated by any of us; the full knowledge of who is in that category is possessed by God alone. On the subject of the unpardonable sin, it is essential to read this:


Robin A. Brace. May23rd, 2018.