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The Faith of Noah: The faith That Works  – V

…. Thus did Noah according to all that commanded him, so did he.”  Genesis  6:21

Faith looks into the future. it sees things unseen by the physical eyes! There are two in the Scripture where the Bible emphatically says, that they walked with God. Enoch and Noah.  We read in Genesis 5:24 “Enoch walked with God: and he was not; for God took him.”    We see Henoch continued to walk with God for Three hundred years! Then we have Noah who consistently walked with God.   There are few things we can point out from the life of this Old Testament saint; whose name is included in the “Hall of Faith” of Hebrew 11.

1,Noah was perfect in his generation:  In Genesis 6:9  the last part we read , “.… Noah was a just man and perfect in his generations, and Noah walked with God.”  Now, the phrase, Noah was perfect…”   does not mean that he was sinless! In fact there was blemish in Noah’s account in the later part of his life, after the Arc came to rest he was found drunk!  And in that account we read of the first act of the sin of Sodomy; where his son Ham  committed upon his father while he was in that drunken stupor.  We have this account of  great immoral act of indecency in Genesis 9:20-25 where we read, “and Noah began to be an husbandman, and he planted a vineyard: and he drank of the wine and was drunken and he was uncovered within his tent. And Ham, the father of Canaan saw the nakedness of his father……. and Noah awoke from his wine, and knew what his younger son had done unto him. And he said cursed be Canaan; a servant shall he be unto his brethren.” 

The phrase “… a just man and perfect in his generation.”  means he was mature, in that he walked with God to a place of maturity out of step with his generation; and contrary to the prevailing culture!  All that God could see in that generation was violence, lawlessness, and wickedness. We read in Genesis 66:12, “ And God looked upon the earth, and, behold, it was corrupt: for all flesh and corrupted his way upon the earth.” 

2.Noah has a faith that works:  In the book of James  2::17 we read, ” Even so faith, if it hath not works, is dead being alone.”  If you have faith that does not work, how can you demonstrate that faith? Anyone can say, “they believe” but they have to demonstrate their faith by acting on that belief, so it can be a true and genuine, saving faith!  “By faith Noah, being warned of God of things not seen as yet, moved with fear, prepared an ark to the saving of his house by the which he condemned the world, and became heir of the righteousness which is by faith.”  Hebrew 11: 7  In this  phrase “.… being moved with fear..”; the idea of “fear” is not in terms of “terror”  but in “being careful” in other words in ” very careful consideration and in obedience.” 

3.Noah was also “a preacher of righteousness.”  Noah did not change God’s means (way of salvation) for him and his family but followed exactly to the letter!  He accepted and executed God’s plan of salvation for him and his family just as God told him to prepare. The Scripture says, “… by the which he condemned the world…”  Now, Noah’s condemnation has to do with his warning them! and pleading with them,!  God warned Noah, and Noah warned the multitude in his day; for all that time he was building the Arc- A hundred and Twenty years!  He preached warning; against  their sin – The sin of unbelief! Noah’s preaching and their refusal to believe became a condemnation to them! 

Noah inherited righteousness..”   That is, Noah believed, and worked, and preached! Noah’s faith had impact upon his family- he saved his household!  Those who are close to you can not deny your faith! we need to be faithful in telling others that judgment is coming, and that God has provided a way of escape!! Salvation by grace alone through faith alone; and in Jesus Christ alone!! 

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The Bible reveals two ways which people are following to get into heaven. One way, the true way, is God’s way. God’s way into heaven is the way of peace and truth and righteousness. It is the only way approved of God. This way centers in the Lord Jesus Christ who said: “I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by Me” (John 14:6). The Bible declares that there is another way. “There is a way which seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death” (Prov. 14:12).

There are so many popular ways today filled with lost multitudes all over the land, such as the way of morality, the way of respectability, the way of religion, the way of churchianity, the way of baptism, the way of christening, the way of confirmation, the way of penance, the way of confession, the way of “doing the best I can”, the way of self, the way of education, the way of philosophy, the way of false isms and cults that crowd the street. Little wonder then when we speak to people about the way of salvation, that so many have asked, “How can I know which is the true way? There are so many different ideas and so many religions.”

But there is ONE difference between God’s way of salvation and man’s way, and that difference is found in a Person, the Lord Jesus Christ. You will notice that man leaves Christ out of the center of his way. You will discover that the modern false cults and isms demote Christ to a mere man and add something to what He has already done for your salvation and mine. We become children of God through a supernatural birth. Jesus said to Nicodemus: “Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God” (John 3:3). Jesus also said, “Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again” (John 3:7)

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