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Wordwise Insight, Issue #085
September 14, 2011

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BIBLE INSIGHTS (and Reader Q & A): Salvation in the Old Testament, and the truth about "Abraham's Bosom"

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Abraham's Bosom

(Where did Old Testament believers go, after death?)

Question: Were the people in the Old Testament, and the under the Law, saved by offering sacrifices as mandated by God? Did they go to heaven, or did they go to Abraham's bosom?

Answer: Thanks for the two questions. As to the first, I wrote an article on that some time ago, and posted it on my web site. In one sense, sinners in every age are all saved the same way, by the grace of God, and through faith in Him. But there are some differences, before and after the cross. You can find the article on that subject here: Old Testament Salvation.

As to the second question, you are referring to the teaching of the Lord Jesus in Luke 16:19-31.

Some treat this passage as a parable, but I don't believe it is. The parables of the Lord Jesus were made-up, fictional stories, used to teach important truths. (At the same time, they served to conceal truths from those who refused to believe on Him, Matt. 13:10-16.)

Generally speaking, the parables each teach one central lesson. The details were added to make a good story, but it's not necessary to find some hidden meaning in every detail, unless the Word of God specifically assigns a meaning to some detail(s).

The Luke passage distinguishes itself from the parables of Jesus in a number of ways.

1) For one thing, we are not told it was a parable, which the Gospel writers often indicate (cf. Matt. 13:24, 31; Lk. 20:9; 21:29).

2) The words "there was a certain rich man," and "there was a certain beggar" (Lk. 16:19, 20) indicate that the Lord had specific real-life individuals in view.

3) No parable names the people in it, but the Lord names several characters in this account. There is a beggar named Lazarus, with Abraham and Moses mentioned too. The rich man is sometimes called ...

For the rest of this article, click on Abraham's Bosom.


Come and Pay Us a Visit!

I have developed a blog that is called Wordwise Hymns. As the title suggests, it is about hymns, and church music in general.

But as many of you will know, a blog is especially designed to facilitate a conversation on its particular subject. Readers can easily post comments about what they see, and I'm able to reply. I hope you will take part in the discussion!

Through 2010, almanac entries dealt with what happened in hymn history on each day of the year. Beginning in 2011, I hope to analyze hymns from a biblical standpoint, linking to the material that has come before.

My hope is that the blog will add to the value of the website and this newsletter, and promote some profitable exchanges on the subject of sacred music.

What happened on this day in hymnology? To find out, click Wordwise Hymns.

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