Are you familiar with these sixteen short words?
For what saith the scripture? Abraham believed God, and it was counted unto him for righteousness. (Romans 4:3 KJV)
The salvation message, righteousness of the soul, is included throughout the whole entire canon of scripture. There are verses in both the Old Testament as well as the New Testament which clearly delineate the spiritual transaction of placing faith in God for Salvation. This particular scripture verse simply explains salvation in sixteen short words. Often people make salvation a much more complicated process than it was ever intended to be.
Abraham, the Old Testament saint, found salvation in God through faith just like you and I today. Believing in God and placing faith in Him is the only pathway leading unto righteousness. Placing faith in God in the Old Testament times was accomplished or accounted unto a man’s personal spiritual ledger just like it is today through faith, not works of the flesh.
This spiritual accounting was accomplished in ancient biblical history without having a perfect sacrifice, complete Bible or knowledge of the spiritual mystery as we have today. In Abraham’s time they had the law written in stone, visions, and encounters with angels, and the Angel of the Lord who brought precise instructions containing the will of God. Later scribes penned scripture inspired by God onto scrolls and the Jewish people had the Pentateuch, or the first five books of the Old Testament. Priests covered the sin debt through an imperfect sacrifice of shed blood of animals sacrificed on the altar over and over again to cover the sin nature of man.
Today faith is placed in God through the spiritual work of His Son Jesus Christ who personally marked the ledger of sin paid in full; going beyond the insufficient shed blood of bulls and goats to shed His own blood upon the cross to atone perfectly forever for all sin; including yours.
All mankind has to do is willingly accept, through faith, God’s free gift salvation. God offers the perfect atonement for sin the finished work of His only Son upon the cross at Calvary. Salvation of the soul comes through faith in His work; and faith alone; having nothing to do with any works of our own.