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  Northfield, NJ 08225


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Salvation Before And After The New Testament

"As Jesus started on his way, a man ran up to Him and fell on his knees before Him. 'Good teacher,' he asked, what must I do to inherit eternal life?' " (Mk.10:17).

When the man we have come to know as "The Rich Young Man," asked Jesus what he could do to inherit eternal life, Jesus said the only thing He could. Since He had not yet died and resurrected, the Mosaic Law was still in effect... Jesus referred him back to the Ten Commandments. The young man said all these I have kept since I was a boy (Vs.20). Jesus then commanded him to "sell everything you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come and follow me" (Vs.21). This answer would not be given today, because it was before the New Testament came into effect.. "For this reason Christ is the mediator of a new covenant, that those who are called may receive the promised eternal inheritance...." "Because a will is in force only when someone has died; it never takes effect while the one who made it is living" (Heb.9:15 &17). Jesus had not died yet so His answer to the rich young man would certainly not be given today. On the Day of Pentecost, 50 days after the death and resurrection of Jesus, the question is asked again as a result of Peter's sermon... Peter's answer to what must we do to be saved, is a different one than Jesus'. He said this; "Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins..." (Acts 2:37). According to the answer, baptism is just as essential as repentance. At this point in their lives, they were told about Jesus and what He had done. The next step toward salvation is explained by the apostle Peter and is the same answer that is given to perspective Christians today... We'll look at Saul's (Paul's) conversion tomorrow

Have a great day... Do good and give God the credit... Love mark Phil.4:11

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