by Pastor David Grey
“It was by faith that Noah built a large boat to save his family from the flood. He obeyed God, who warned him about things that had never happened before. By his faith Noah condemned the rest of the world, and he received the righteousness that comes by faith.” — Hebrews 11:7
Noah believed God when he was told of things that had never happened before and then did everything exactly as God instructed him. He chose to trust God rather than his experience.
He believed God even though it could not be confirmed by anything that he could see around him. He did not permit his own reason or intellect to trump what God had said. He simply believed and obeyed.
As a result, he, “received the righteousness that comes by faith.” Noah is an example of how any of us are declared righteous by God today. It is never by the works that we do. Though it may seem a fine line, Noah was not declared righteous because he built the ark.
He was declared righteous because he believed God had said to him and building the ark was simply the natural expression of that belief.
Noah is an example of what James tells us in the New Testament when he says that faith and works cannot be separated.
Had Noah claimed to believe God but gone about his normal life without ever building an ark, he would have shown that he did not truly believe.
It is the same for us today. True faith is demonstrated by the way we live. The one who has faith will “walk as Jesus did.” (1 John 2:6).
Our obedience to what we hear from heaven proves that we truly believe and is the faith that leads to God’s declaring us righteousness.
“We know that we have come to know him if we obey his commands. The man who says, “I know him,” but does not do what he commands is a liar, and the truth is not in him.” (I John 2:2-4).
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