Did God change His ‘Plan of Salvation’ from the Old Testament to the New Testament?
Absolutely NOT! Scripture is quite clear, that God is unchanging. Not exactly good news for the crowd wanting to convince us that we need to culturally compromise morality in order to attract more people to our churches. Scripture tells us that God is the same yesterday, today and forever. (Heb.13:8)
Galatians 3:6 tells us ‘Abraham believed God, and it was credited to him for righteousness.’ Hmmm. You understand ‘credit’; you get it now and pay later. Abraham’s salvation was paid for on the cross, same as ours. Our righteousness is given because we believe in Jesus and trust God. Paul wrote Galatians because the heresy was prevalent that you come to Christ by faith but had to maintain or keep your salvation by obedience to the law. Some people still cling to that heresy. Paul maintains in Gal.3:13 that ‘keeping the law’ is a curse too heavy for any of us to bear. We are told that “by works of law, shall no flesh be justified.” We are also told that, “the just shall live by faith.” (Rom 1:17) So, we enter by faith and we continue the life by faith. It’s by faith from beginning to end.
Q: So, WHY THE LAW?
A: The law was given to demonstrate the need for a Savior. The law shows me how inadequate my best is. If God’s performance standard is perfection; None need apply. It’s not a Santa Claus mentality where God is making a list and checking it twice to find out who’s naughty or nice. Paul in Romans demonstrates that God’s standard is perfection. If you want to make it by keeping the law; then One strike and you’re OUT! On that basis, we fail before we start. So, if I can’t keep the law, I need Grace. And that’s what God provides in Christ Jesus, the gift of Life, because HE is Righteous! I only ASK, BELIEVE, and CONFESS. As simple as A B C! Romans 10:9; “…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.”