When it comes to sin and salvation, how Did Anyone Get Saved Before Jesus Died For Our Sin?
Why did Adam and Eve hide from God after they ate the forbidden fruit?
Why did Cain (after murdering his brother Abel) lie to God when asked where his brother was?
How could men call upon the name of the Lord at the end of Genesis 4 (There was no: Tabernacle, Temple, synagogue, Bible, church, radio or TV)?
How could Joseph have refused the advances of his boss’s wife by saying, “How could I do this great evil and sin against God?” That was 500 years before God gave Moses the Ten Commandments (the seventh is, “Thou shalt not commit adultery)!
The answer is simple:
General revelation: Ps. 19:1-4 says,
“The heavens declare the glory of God; And the firmament shows His handiwork. Day unto day utters speech, And night unto night reveals knowledge. There is no speech nor language Where their voice is not heard. Their line has gone out through all the earth, And their words to the end of the world.
The creation speaks of the existence and God, and God wrote His moral law on every mans heart, so every man knows it’s wrong to murder, steal, lie, etc.
Conscience: Man can feel remorse for his sin and cry out to God for forgiveness because God put the conscience in the heart of every man from the beginning of time.
For as many as have sinned without law will also perish without law, and as many as have sinned in the law will be judged by the law 13 (for not the hearers of the law are just in the sight of God, but the doers of the law will be justified; 14 for when Gentiles, who do not have the law, by nature do the things in the law, these, although not having the law, are a law to themselves, 15 who show the work of the law written in their hearts, their conscience also bearing witness, and between themselves their thoughts accusing or else excusing them) 16 in the day when God will judge the secrets of men by Jesus Christ, according to my gospel. (Romans 2:12-16)
God’s revelation to man is called, “Progressive revelation.” He revealed His complete plan of redemption slowly over the course of thousands of years. So we look back 2,000 years to the cross for our salvation and they looked forward 2,000 years.