Speaking where the bible speaks, and silent where the bible is silent.

How Faith Works

biblical-proof-dec-20-2015

“By faith Noah, being warned of God concerning things not seen as yet, moved with godly fear, prepared an ark to the saving of his house; through which he condemned the world, and became the heir of the righteousness which is according to faith” (Heb. 11:7).

This is the kind of faith it takes to be pleasing in the sight of God. The Bible teaches that it is impossible to please God without faith (Heb. 11: 6). Yet, faith without works is dead (Jam. 2:20,26). The faith that is pleasing in the sight of God is an obedient faith, a faith that works by love (Gal. 5:6). Noah’s faith worked by love, and serves as an example and an admonition to us (1 Cor. 10:6,11 f; Rom. 15:4).

Noah Was Warned Of God

When mankind in general “had corrupted their way upon the earth” and “every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually,” God determined to destroy sinful man from the face of the earth (Gen. 6:5-12). However, in the midst of all that wickedness there was one man who found favor in the eyes of God. God did not destroy mankind without a warning, but warned Noah that all flesh would be destroyed because of sin.

We, too, have been warned of God concerning the destruction of this world. God has promised that the world will not be again destroyed by water (Gen. 9:8-17), but has warned that it will be destroyed by fire (2 Pet. 3:1-12). Noah believed the warning he received. Do you?

Of Things Unseen As Yet

There was no visible evidence before Noah that could serve as a basis for calculating that a great flood would come. The only ground of his conviction was the word of God. The only thing to which he might refer gain-sayers was that “God has spoken.” Noah believed God, and obeyed his instructions.

There are no visible signs before us that tell us of the destruction of this world by fire. Jesus gave his disciples some signs by which they could foretell the destruction of Jerusalem and its temple, “But of that day or that hour knows no one, not even the angels in heaven, neither the Son, but the Father” (Mk. 13:32). “Watch therefore: for you know not on what day your Lord comes” (Matt. 24:42). We have the same kind of evidence that Noah had. God has spoken: “The heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall be dissolved with fervent heat, and the earth and the works that are therein shall be burned up” (2 Pet. 3: 10).

Moved With Fear

Noah had enough faith in God to move him to action. His reverence and respect for God induced him to act under the belief that what God said was true. His faith in God’s word had the same effect upon him that the sight of a great mountain of water coming at a distance would have had. Your faith in God will have a similar effect upon you. If you believe God’s word concerning the destruction of this world, you will realize that “It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God” (Heb. 10:31). Your faith in Him will move you to obey whatever He commands you to do in order to escape the doom that awaits those who are unprepared to meet Him.

Prepared An Ark To The Saving Of His House

In order to escape the flood, Noah carefully obeyed God’s instructions. He “prepared an ark to the saving of his house.” God gave Noah specific instructions as to how to build the ark. It was to be built of gopher wood, 300 cubits long, 50 cubits wide and 30 cubits high, pitched within and without. It was to be of three stories, with rooms in it, with one window and one door. Noah did exactly as God commanded him (Gen. 6:14-22).

Noah’s obedience was in order to be saved from the flood. His faith was not in the ark, but in God’s promise that it would be the means of his salvation. He did not defy the flood, God’s power of destruction, but accepted God’s terms for his salvation, which required the building of an ark.

Noah did not argue that he could be saved by faith only, and that if he erected the ark he would be saving himself. He did not question the righteous command of God, but humbly obeyed. Noah did not argue that building the ark would be an attempt on his part to help God save him. He believed and he obeyed.

It was said of Noah: “Thus did Noah; according to all that God commanded him, so did he” (Gen. 6:22). Can the same be said of you?

You must obey God in order to be saved. Jesus is the author of eternal salvation to all those who “obey him” (Heb. 5:9). Through the word of God we understand that obedience to Him is the only possible means of our salvation in the Day of Judgment. Jesus said, “Not every one that says unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that does the will of my Father who is in heaven” (Matt. 7:21). Concerning those who substituted man’s doctrines for the will of God, he said: “But in vain do they worship me, teaching as their doctrines the precepts of men” (Matt. 15:9). Almost the closing words of the New Testament are: “I testify unto every man that hears the words of the prophecy of this book, if any man shall add unto them, God shall add unto him the plagues which are written in this book: and if any man shall take away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part from the tree of life, and out of the holy city, which are written in this book” (Rev. 22:18-19). This principle applies not only to the book of Revelation itself, but to all of the word of God. We must neither add to, nor subtract from it (Deut. 4:2). We are not to go beyond that which is written (1 Cor. 4:6). He that goes beyond the doctrine of Christ has not God (2 Jn. 9). Anyone who preaches any other gospel shall be accursed! (Gal 1:6-10).

Have you carefully studied God’s instructions to the alien sinner that you might follow them specifically? If you will turn to the New Testament of Jesus Christ, you will find that the alien sinner must hear the gospel of Christ, believe that Jesus is the Christ the Son of God, confess Jesus before men, repent of his sins and be immersed for the remission of his sins (Rom 10:10 f; Acts 2:38).

Conclusion: Noah’s contemporaries probably considered him both a fool and a fanatic. Imagine their reaction to the old man out on high ground building a boat and preaching that the world would soon be destroyed by a great flood. In the end, Noah was proved to be neither a fool nor a fanatic. Those who had laughed at him for believing God’s word were destroyed by the flood, while Noah and his family were saved.

The world may mock the Christian of today who believes God, obeys his revealed will, and teaches it boldly. However, in the end those who faithfully follow God will be eternally blessed while those who mock the believer and continue in their sinful ways will perish “from the face of the Lord and from the glory of his might” (2 Thess. 1:9). FAITH+WORKS=SALVATION. It did in the days of Noah, and it does today!

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