- Text: Heb. 11:7.
- The building of the ark that saved Noah was an accomplishment made possible “by faith.”
- What were the characteristics of the faith that saved Noah?
I. Faith Caused Noah to Accept a Future Reality as a Fact
- A thing is not unreal just because it is unseen — indeed, the most important parts of reality are unseen. Cf. 2 Cor. 4:18.
- Faith is the mental faculty by which we deal with realities that are “not seen” (Heb. 11:1).
- Noah had the faith to accept as real a future happening that had never happened before! Cf. 2 Pt. 3:1-7. (Uniformitarianism — the idea that what is happening today is what always has happened and always will happen — is not true.)
II. Faith Caused the Future Reality to Have a Practical Impact on Noah’s Life
- Most of us have a tendency to postpone action on matters of great importance, waiting until later to act on questions that should be acted on immediately.
- But saving faith calls for decisive action in the present – Jas. 2:14-26.
- Faith is not merely something we think about — it is something we act on!
III. Faith Caused Noah to Endure Scoffing
- When we obey God, reproach from other people ought to be the least of our worries. Cf. Mt. 10:28.
- Like Noah — and like the Lord Himself — we must patiently endure scoffing. Cf. Heb. 12:3.
IV. Faith Caused Noah to Do Exactly What God Instructed, Without Modification
- It’s important for us to do all things “according to the pattern” (Heb. 8:5).
- Would Noah have been saved from the flood if he had built the ark 301 cubits long? (God nowhere said not to do so.)
- God’s silence is significant and must be respected – Heb. 7:14.
V. Faith Saved Noah from Destruction
- The quality of faith exhibited by Noah is the only kind that saves.
- Concerning Noah’s obedience of faith, Peter wrote: “Baptism, which corresponds to this, now saves you, not as a removal of dirt from the body but as an appeal to God for a good conscience, through the resurrection of Jesus Christ” (1 Pt. 3:21).
- Are we, as Christians, guilty of acting as if we believed salvation were “by faith only”?
- Noah’s faith was an obedient trust in God.
- Does our own faith have the characteristics of the faith that saved Noah?
Gary Henry – WordPoints.com + AreYouaChristian.com