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Jarrod Jacobs: “Noah Condemned The World By Faith”

How many times have we heard people say words to the effect, “If you tell me that there is only one way to Heaven, then you are condemning me (or my family, etc.).”? Is this a valid charge?

Friends, when one takes a stand for the truth, he will condemn those who are not following the truth. Please read Hebrews 11:7 for a Biblical example of what we are discussing. “By faith Noah, being warned of God of events as yet unseen, in reverent fear, constructed an ark for the saving of his household. By this he condemned the world and became an heir of the righteousness that comes by faith.” The Bible says that when Noah built the ark, following God’s plan to the letter (Gen. 6:13-22), he condemned the world. How did Noah do this? How could he have condemned the world when he was doing what God said?

First, he condemned the world by living by faith (Heb. 11:7). When God told Noah what to do, he did it without question (Rom. 10:17; Gen. 6:22). Noah heard God’s word and obeyed. This is living by faith! As a result of his words and example, his family followed his lead (I Pet. 3:20). Sadly, the rest of the world refused to listen to God (through the preaching of Noah, II Pet. 2:5) and drowned in the Flood. Hebrews 11:7 begins and ends stating that Noah lived “by faith.” Therefore, through his faith, Noah condemned the world.

He also condemned the world by heeding the warnings of God (Gen. 6:13). When the people heard Noah’s preaching, they refused to heed God’s warnings and get into the ark. When Noah was warned of “things not seen as yet,” he heeded the warning. In like manner, we are warned by God of an eternity in Hell for our disbelief and disobedience. Are we heeding the warning of the Lord who has said He will come “in flaming fire taking vengeance on them that know not God and that obey not the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ” (II Thess. 1:6-9)? Consider this carefully.

Finally, he condemned the world by preparing for the coming flood. Noah’s preparation of the ark showed that he not only believed in God, but believed God. He believed the warnings and then acted upon what he had heard. Those who have faith today will also do what God says to do (Rom. 10:16). Christ gave a similar warning in Matthew 25:1-13, where we see that those who were prepared were rewarded, and those who refused to prepare were condemned. It was the same in Noah’s day! Noah prepared for the Flood and, in so doing, condemned a world of fools!

Noah condemned the world at that time because he followed God and had the backbone to stand for his convictions and preach God’s word to others. He did God’s will regardless of the consequences to himself or his family. There are too few people like this today. Let us stand behind God’s will and have the backbone that was characteristic of Noah! Have we complained that someone was “condemning” us? Perhaps it was because they were doing God’s will, and we were not! Let us repent while we can (Lk. 13:3; II Cor. 6:2).

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