God saw the wickedness of man was great in the earth and that every imagination of his heart was only evil continually. God repented that He had made man and it grieved Him in His heart. God decided to destroy man from the face of the earth with a great flood. But Noah found grace in the eyes of the Lord, so God offered mankind a way of salvation through an ark, built to His exact specifications as He commanded. All the while Noah worked on preparing the ark, he continually warned the people of the impending doom that was to overtake the earth and destroy all air breathing creatures. But then, just as now, many heard, but few believed. Only eight souls entered the ark and closed the door, on that fateful day when the fountains of the deep were broken up and the windows of heaven opened. The great flood that ensued destroyed all land life save those which were secure in the ark. Noah faithfully followed God’s divine instructions precisely and thus he and all those with him escaped the destruction unharmed (Genesis).
Today God again warns us of another great calamity that will befall the earth and all of mankind. The day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night, in which the heavens will pass away with a great noise, and the elements will melt with fervent heat, and the earth and the works therein shall be burned up. (II Peter 3:10) It is appointed men once to die, and after this comes the judgment (Hebrews 9:27). We must all appear before Christ’s judgment seat to be judged of what we have done while on this earth, whether it be good or evil (II Cor. 5:10). On that final day Jesus with His holy angels will come to judge all nations, setting the saved on the right to inherit heaven, and setting the lost on the left, to be cast into everlasting punishment (Matt. 25:31-46)
God saved the righteous of Noah’s time because they obeyed Him by building the ark according to His divine plan, following His instructions exactly. They built to God’s exact dimensions, using gopher wood, pitched inside and out as He commanded. God also has a precise plan for our salvation on that great and notable day when the earth will be destroyed by fire and time for all mankind will come to an end. To be saved, we must hear God’s word, (Rom. 10:17) in order to believe His word (John 8:24). We must believe and have faith (Acts 16:31). We must repent and turn from our sinful ways, and confess Christ as the Son of God ( Luke 13:3, Rom 10:10, Matt 10:32). Baptism into the body of Christ, for the remission of our sins is absolutely essential for salvation (Mark 16:16, Acts 2:38, 10:48, Gal. 3:27, I Peter 3:21). Lastly we must walk by faith, (II Cor. 5:7) living a righteous, Godly life until death, to receive a crown of life as our inheritance on that great and notable day of judgment (Rev. 2:10).
Most of the world of Noah’s day rejected God’s truth concerning the flood and were thus destroyed when the dark waters rose. Likewise the teeming masses of today seem oblivious and totally unconcerned about the final reckoning so clearly defined in biblical doctrine. Truth is truth, whether all the world believes it, or no one believes it. Those who teach Christ and deny His commandments are a detriment and stumbling block to our soul’s eternal salvation. They are clearly false teachers who should be avoided at all cost. God sent the boat, Jesus Christ, to save us, so why not get in the boat and be saved ?
We invite all who would, to come together with us each Sunday morning at Kedron on the Coopertown Road, Russellville, Kentucky, to worship God in spirit and in truth. We neither add to God’s word or take from it. Bible study at 10:00 and Worship at 11:00.