Forgiveness of sins before Christ died?

RichardWorden's picture

My nagging question is: Did the sacrifices of the OT only cover the sins and not until Christ died, rose again, etc. were they forgiven?
I know Rom. 3, 25 says: whom God put forward as a propitiation by his blood, to be received by faith. This was to show God’s righteousness, because in his divine forbearance he had passed over former sins.

ElderDad's picture

re: covering


There will be those who disagree, but I would answer "Yes" to your question. The meaning of the word "Atonement" in the Old Testament is "covering." It is used in Genesis regarding Noah's ark. It was "covered" inside and out. My understanding is that sins were covered by the animal sacrifices, then uncovered and put on Jesus at Calvary, where the actual eternal forgiveness occurred. The best book to study for this is Hebrews. It would be futile to specify a few verses in Hebrews. Carefully study the whole book. It is the theological bridge between the Old and New Testaments.

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