Pristine Grace

Old Testament Justification
by Scott Price
Old Testament Justification

"Yet it pleased the LORD to bruise Him; He hath put Him to grief: when thou shalt make His soul an offering for sin, He shall see His seed, He shall prolong His days, and the pleasure of the LORD shall prosper in His hand. He shall see the travail of His soul and be satisfied: by His knowledge shall My righteous servant shall justify many; for He shall bear their iniquities." Isaiah 53:10-11

    Many people believe that the Old Testament gospel is somehow different than the New Testament gospel. They do not understand that ever since Adam sinned in the Garden of Eden the whole world, in each generation, has been in need of justification from sin. Justification has ALWAYS come by way of God's law and justice being satisfied, thereby establishing a righteousness to be imputed for the saints of the Old and New Testaments. This same prophet, Isaiah, said we are in need of that righteousness because our righteousnesses are as filthy rags (64:6). It took the bruising and bloody sacrifice of the Son to put away sin and satisfy the Father. The Old Testament prophets spoke of this Christ, the coming Messiah who would do this great work to justify His people.

    Many people also believe there was no Old Testament new birth. Again, people have been in the same spiritual shape, dead in sin. A spiritually dead person cannot exercise the spiritual gift of faith unless first being regenerated by the Spirit of God. This life and faith worked IN the sinner are results of the work of Christ FOR the sinner. In the case of the Old Testament saints, the gospel was so certain to be accomplished God accounted them as righteous, by imputation before the Messiah even came. to establish that righteousness. He was said to be the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world. So in God's eyes salvation is a very wisely planned sure thing that He has based His own character in the success of it, and has glorified Himself in the process. God gives us a knowledge and understanding of Him in regeneration and conversion and He is glorified in our hearts. We have this treasure, His person and work, revealed to us and we are assured by this truth in the gospel.

    Nothing has changed but the date. The days, hours, minutes, and seconds keep moving and the gospel stays the same. God continues to save like He did from the beginning, by grace. The scriptures tell us very clearly that grace reigns through righteousness established and imputed (Romans 5:21). The gospel principles of Representation, Substitution, Imputation, and Satisfaction are in both the Old and New. All the prophets preached the same message about the same God as the Apostles did. We do have the advantage of the New Testament, which is the best commentary on the Old Testament ever written. The God of the Old Testament is the same God in the New. He is the same yesterday, today, and forever. He is a just God and a Saviour. Worship Him. There is none else worthy.