August 20th, 2016
Noah Did Not Save Himself Through Obedience
And the LORD said, I will destroy man whom I have created from the face of the earth; both man, and beast, and the creeping thing, and the fowls of the air; for it repenteth me that I have made them. But Noah found grace in the eyes of the LORD. (Genesis 6:7-8 KJV)
From time to time I see a popular post shared about the life of Noah. It’s sole purpose is to teach us that Noah was saved through obedience to God in constructing the ark. While it is true Noah was obedient to God in an evil time when man was willfully disobedient living in enmity to the things of God, his obedience is not what saved him.
The Bible clearly teaches from the beginning that salvation is a work of God, not man (Ephesians 2:8-9).
There is no possible way Noah saved himself. Man naturally desires to live in enmity to God because of his innate sin nature at work in his heart from birth.
God’s Word says:
Who hath saved us, and called us with an holy calling, not according to our works, but according to his own purpose and grace, which was given us in Christ Jesus before the world began, (2 Timothy 1:9 KJV)
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. (Hebrews 11:7 KJV)
Noah was saved just like you and me, by the work of God in his heart through faith and fueled by God’s great mercy and grace. His obedience was an outward sign of God’s grace work in his heart.