The Passover and Salvation
See Exodus 12, noticing the instituting of the Passover. Did the blood provide physical salvation only? Were the people saved spiritually? If so, explain the term "a mixed multitude" came out of Egypt. Research and discuss.
The New Testament makes wide usage of the Passover typology. Matthew, Mark and Luke all point to the institution of the Lord’s Supper. The Gospels display this commemorative event as part of the Last Supper and present it as a Passover meal (Matt 26:17; Mark 14:12; Luke 22:7–8). Paul’s letter to the Corinthians sets forth the detail for our modern ordinance (1 Cor 11:23–33). John’s Gospel does not discuss the Lord’s Supper but highlights Jesus’ unbroken bones, thus, alluding to the fact that the death of Jesus resembled that of the Passover sacrifice (John. 19:36). 1 Peter 1:18–19 probably also refers to the Passover sacrifice.
In summary then, the Passover is a type of deliverance from the slavery of sin. God passes over our sins because the blood of Christ has been applied to us by faith. The sprinkling of the blood upon the door-posts symbolizes the blood of Jesus shed on the Cross. Rather than sprinkling this blood on our door posts, the Christian openly confesses Jesus as Lord and Savior. The Passover was useless unless eaten; so we live upon the Lord Jesus Christ.
This points to the conclusion that the Passover was really a physical deliverance. Faith, belief in God and more particularly belief in Jesus Christ, is the only means of salvation throughout the Scripture, both in the Old and New Testaments. The Passover signified trusting God to the extent of participating in His instructions, but it did not provide individual faith in God. The “father” of each household painted the door posts, thus, “saving” all who were in the house from the immediate wrath of God executed that night. However, God’s wrath would shortly strike the entire generation of Israelites when they complained and grumbled on their trip to the Promised Land. All over twenty died during the 38 year journey except for Caleb and Joshua. They lived because their actions demonstrated they not only believed God to deliver them from Egypt, but that God would deliver them from all conflicts of life. They truly trust in the Lord and were saved. All of the rest did not related the blood of the Passover to a true belief in God and they perished.
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