beginning of time, God made man in His own image. At Gen.
1:26-27, the inspired Word of God states: "And God said,
Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them
have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the
air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every
creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth. So God created man
in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and
female created he them." However, man was not inclined to
retain the divine image, because by the tenth generation, a
period of only 1656 years, mankind became very evil. At Gen.
6:1-3 the inspired Word states: "And it came to pass,
when men began to multiply on the face of the earth, and
daughters were born unto them, That the sons of God saw the
daughters of men that they were fair; and they took them wives
of all which they chose. And the Lord said, My spirit shall not
always strive with man, for that he also is flesh: yet his days
shall be an hundred and twenty years." Question: Who were
those daughters of men and who were those sons of God? Some
falsely claim that the sons of God were angels and that the
daughters of men were any human females in which the angels
married. This erroneous concept is contrary to what Jesus said
about angels at: Matt. 22:30, "For in the
resurrection they neither marry, nor are given in marriage, but
are as the angels of God in heaven." The true answer: When
the children of those who sought to reverence and obey God
intermarried with the children of the ungodly, mankind became
more ungodly as a result. At the time of the flood, the
scripture states: "The earth also was corrupt before God,
and the earth was filled with violence" (Gen. 6:11).
Our Lord Jesus Christ states of that period of time: "For as
in the days that were eating and drinking, marrying and giving
in marriage, until the day that No-e entered into the ark,."
(Matt. 24:38). Basically at that time, the descendents of
Seth were sons of God (Gen. 4:25; 5:3-32); whereas, the
descendents of Cain were the daughters of men (Gen. 4:9-24).
It is interesting that Lamech, a descendent of Cain was
the first polygamist; and Jubal, another
descendent of Cain, introduced instrumental music unto the
scripture declares: "And God saw that the wickedness of man
was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the
thoughts of his heart was only evil continually. And it
repented the Lord that he had made man on the earth, and it
grieved him at his heart. 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" (Gen. 6:5-8). Keep in mind that
this was near the beginning of time. It is interesting to know
that Noah was 84 years old when Enosh (Enos), the grandson of
Adam died. Enosh (Enos) lived during the time that Adam was
still living for 695 years. Thus, Noah had the first 84
years of his life to learn from Enosh (Enos), Adam's grandson
who lived for nearly seven centuries while Adam was still alive,
specific information about Adam. Not only was that so; but
Lamech, Noah's father, was a contemporary with Adam for 56 years.
And Methuselah, Noah's grandfather who died the same year
of the Great Flood, was a contemporary with Adam for 243
years. From these forefathers, Noah surely learned much
about the period of time when Adam and Eve lived in the Garden
of Eden, how Satan deceived them, and the consequences of sin.
know that God talked directly unto Noah. After God
declared that He would destroy man from off the face of the
earth, Noah found grace in the eyes of the Lord. At Gen.
6:9-13, we read, "These are the generations of Noah:
Noah was a just man and perfect in his generations, and Noah
walked with God. And Noah begat three sons, Shem, Ham, and
Japheth. The earth also was corrupt before God, and the earth
was filled with violence. And God looked upon the earth, and,
behold, it was corrupt; for all flesh had corrupted his way upon
the earth. And God said unto Noah, The end of all flesh is come
before me; for the earth is filled with violence through them;
and, behold, I will destroy them with the earth." Note that
God recognized Noah as being: "a just man and perfect in his
generations." The term "just" (righteous)
would indicate that he was fair, impartial, and honest in his
dealings with his fellowman. And the word "perfect," (blameless)
as used in that passage, depicts him as being morally upstanding
before the Lord. It is also stated in that passage that "Noah
walked with God." This has a spiritual application! The
prophet Amos said: "Can two walk together, except
they be agreed?" (Amos 3:3) The implication is that
they cannot! That is certainly true concerning religious
matters. In reference to Noah's great grandfather Enoch,
the inspired Word states at:
5:21-24, "And Enoch lived sixty and five years, and begat
Methuselah: And Enoch walked with God after he begat Methuselah
three hundred years, and begat sons and daughters: And all the
days of Enoch were three hundred sixty and five years: And
Enoch walked with God: and he was not; for God took him."
reveals that Enoch walked with God for three centuries. While
Enoch still lived, his son Methuselah never saw his father act
in an ungodly manner. Recorded in the New Testament are the
following words of the Apostle John at:
1:5-7, "This then is the message which we have heard of
him, and declare unto you, that God is light, and in him is no
darkness at all. If we say that we have fellowship with him,
and walk in darkness, we lie, and do not the truth: But if we
walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one
with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us
from all sin."
NOAH WAS A PREACHER OF RIGHTEOUSNESS.
While his fellowman lived ungodly lives, Noah upheld and
proclaimed God's commandments.
The Apostle Peter informs us that God: ".spared not
the old world, but saved Noah the eight person, a preacher of
righteousness, bringing in the flood upon the world of the
ungodly;" (2 Pet. 2:5). There are all kinds of
preachers in the world today, but Noah was "a preacher of
righteousness." We have a Biblical definition of
righteousness at Psalm 119:172. In that passage, the
psalmist said, "My tongue shall speak of thy word: for all
thy commandments are righteousness." Thus, Noah, in his
preaching, emphasized God's commandments and man's
responsibility to submit unto them. Was he a successful
preacher? Well, God looked upon him as being faithful. The
prophet Ezekiel pointed out that God's people will not be held
responsible as to whether or not others obey the Lord's
commands, if we uphold the truth unto them. What he states
under the old covenant is just as true under the new covenant.
Ezekiel revealed God's charge unto him at:
3:17-21, God said unto Ezekiel: "Son of man, I have made
thee a watchman unto the house of Israel: therefore hear the
word at my mouth and give them warning from me. When I say unto
the wicked, Thou shalt surely die; and thou givest him not
warning, nor speakest to warn the wicked from his wicked way, to
save his life; the same wicked man shall die in his iniquity;
but his blood will I require at thine hand. Yet if thou warn
the wicked and he turn not from his wickedness, nor from his
wicked way, he shall die in his iniquity; but thou hast
delivered thy soul. Again, When a righteous man doth turn from
his righteousness, and commit iniquity, and I lay a stumbling
block before him he shall die because thou hast not given him
warning, he shall die in his sin, and his righteousness which he
hath done shall not be remembered; but his blood will I require
at thine hand. Nevertheless if thou warn the righteous man,
that the righteous sin not, and he doth not sin, he shall surely
live, because he is warned; also thou hast delivered thy soul."
In the New Testament, the Apostle Paul exhorted Timothy,
as an evangelist:
4:1-5, "I charge thee therefore before God, and the Lord
Jesus Christ, who shall judge the quick and the dead at his
appearing and his kingdom: Preach the word; be instant in
season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all
longsuffering and doctrine. For the time will come when they
will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall
they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; And they
shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned
unto fables. But watch thou in all things, endure afflictions,
do the work of an evangelist, make full proof of thy ministry."
False teachers will be eternally damned!
2:1-2, "But there were false prophets also among the
people, even as there shall be false teachers among you, who
privily shall bring in damnable heresies, even denying the Lord
that bought them, and bring upon themselves swift destruction.
And many shall follow their pernicious ways; by reason of whom
the way of truth shall be evil spoken of."
It is our responsibility to proclaim the whole counsel
20:26-27, "Wherefore I take you to record this day, that
I am pure from the blood of all men. For I have not shunned to
declare unto you all the counsel of God."
GOD HAD A PLAN FOR THE PRESERVATION OF LIFE AND
THE DESTRUCTION OF THE UNGODLY.
We learn in the 7th chapter of Genesis that
God caused a Great Flood that completely covered the earth.
2:5, ".spared not the old world, but saved Noah the
eight person, a preacher of righteousness, bringing in the flood
upon the world of the ungodly;"
God instructed Noah to build an ark according to the
specifications that He gave unto him.
6:14-21 (Read and place emphasis upon various points
The New Testament is the one and only pattern for
the church, salvation, and how we are to live as Christians.
1:13, "Hold fast the form of sound words, which thou hast
heard of me, in faith and love which is in Christ Jesus."
4:3-4, "For the time will come when they will not endure
sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to
themselves teachers, having itching ears; And they shall turn
away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables."
JUST AS NOAH WAS FAITHFUL IN CARRYING OUT THE WILL OF
THE LORD, YOU AND I ARE TO ABIDE BY THE NEW COVENANT.
Noah did not question the instructions of God; but rather
carried them out to the letter.
"Thus did Noah; according to all that God commanded him, so
The fact of
his obedience is reiterated at:
"And Noah did according unto all that the Lord commanded him."
Only those who do the Lord's commandments have the
assurance of entering the Eternal City of God.
22:14, "Blessed are they that do his commandments, that
they may have right to the tree of life, and may enter in
through the gates into the city."
THE SALVATION OF NOAH AND HIS FAMILY IN THE ARK IS
A TYPE OF OUR SPIRITUAL SALVATION.
There was no other way for Noah and his family to be
"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."
3:20-21, "Which sometime were disobedient, when once the
longsuffering of God waited in the days of Noah, while the ark
was a preparing, wherein few, that is eight souls were saved by
water. The like figure whereunto even baptism doth also now
save us (not the putting away of the filth of the flesh, but the
answer of a good conscience toward God,) by the resurrection of
There are those in the church who no longer believe in
the essentiality of baptism for our spiritual salvation. We
wonder if they were ever truly converted in the first place.
Some would accept into the membership of the body of
Christ those who were not baptized for the remission of sins.
But the New Testament still teaches the same thing about
baptism that it did in the First Century.
24:35, Jesus said: "Heaven and earth shall pass away,
but my words shall not pass away."
16:15-16; Acts 2:38; Acts 22:16;
Rom. 6:3-4; 1 Pet. 3:21)
WE SHOULD ALSO NOTE THAT GOD SAID, "MY SPIRIT SHALL
NOT ALWAYS STRIVE WITH MAN, FOR THAT HE ALSO IS FLESH: YET HIS
DAYS SHALL BE AN HUNDRED AND TWENTY YEARS." (GEN. 6:3).
There has been a false concept concerning how God's
Spirit did strive with man.
Actually, God's Spirit still strives with man. But the
question is: How did God's Spirit strive with man before the
Great Flood and how does God's Spirit strive with man today?
A false concept is that this is done by a direct
supernatural impact upon the heart independent of any medium or
means, including the Word of God.
It is certainly true that the Holy Spirit convicts
mankind of their sins.
16:8, in referring to the Holy Spirit, Jesus said unto the
apostles: "And when he is come, he will reprove the world of
sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment:"
The Apostle Paul had referred to himself as chief of
sinners at 1 Tim. 1:15. Question: How did Paul (as Saul
of Tarsus) come to realize that He was a sinner? Answer: He
learned by way of the inspired written Word.
"Therefore by the deeds of the law there shall no flesh be
justified in his sight: for by the law is the knowledge of sin."
".I had not known sin, but by the law:."
How did the antediluvians resist the Spirit and how does
man today resist the Holy Spirit? Answer: By rejecting the
Stephen, in speaking to Jews, said: "Ye stiffnecked and
uncircumcised in heart and ears, ye do always resist the Holy
Ghost: as your fathers did, so do ye."
their forefathers resist the Holy Spirit?
"Yet many years didst thou forbear them, and testifiedst
against them by thy Spirit in thy prophets; yet would they not
give ear; therefore gavest thou them into the hand of the people
of the lands."
There is a misconception that it took Noah and his sons
120 years to build the ark.
Noah was 500 years old when his oldest son was born (Gen.
5:32; Gen. 11:10); and 600 years old when the flood
came (Gen. 7:6).
His three sons Shem, Ham, and Japheth were grown and
married when Noah received instructions to build the ark (Gen.
Then what was the purpose of the 120 years? It was to
give the antediluvians adequate time to repent under the
preaching of Noah (2 Pet. 2:5).
The Lord is now giving mankind adequate time to repent
before He returns at the end of time.
2 Pet. 3:8-10, "But, beloved, be not ignorant of
this one thing, that one day is with the Lord as a thousand
years, and a thousand years as one day. The Lord is not slack
concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is
longsuffering to usward, not willing that any should perish,
but that all should come to repentance. But the day of the Lord
will come as a thief in the night; in the which the heavens
shall pass away with great noise, and the elements shall melt
with fervent heat, the earth also and the works that are therein
shall be burned up."
AT THE END OF TIME, THE WORLD WILL NOT BE
DESTROYED BY WATER, BUT BY FIRE.
The Lord made a covenant with mankind after Noah and his
family left the ark that He would never again completely destroy
life upon the earth by a flood.
8:20-22, "And Noah built an altar unto the Lord; and took
of every clean beast, and of every clean fowl, and offered burnt
offerings on the altar. And the Lord smelled a sweet savor; and
the Lord said in his heart, I will not again curse the ground
any more for man's sake; for the imagination of man's heart is
evil from his youth; neither will I again smite any more every
thing living, as I have done. While the earth remaineth,
seedtime and harvest, and cold and heat, and summer and winter,
and day and night shall not cease."
9:11-17, "And I will establish my covenant with you;
neither shall all flesh be cut off any more by the waters of a
flood; neither shall there any more be a flood to destroy the
earth. And God said, This is the token of the covenant which I
make between me and you and every living creature that is with
you, for perpetual generations: I do set my bow in the cloud,
and it shall be for a token of a covenant between me and the
earth. And it shall come to pass, when I bring a cloud over the
earth, that the bow shall be seen in the cloud: And I will
remember my covenant, which is between me and you and every
living creature of all flesh; and the water shall no more become
a flood to destroy all flesh. And the bow shall be in the
cloud; and I will look upon it, that I may remember the
everlasting covenant between God and every living creature of
all flesh that is upon the earth. And God said unto Noah, This
is the token of the covenant, which I have established between
me and all flesh that is upon the earth."
Although God will not destroy all life upon the earth as
He had done in the days of Noah; but He will destroy the earth
by fire at the end of time.
2 Pet. 3
Some question as to whether or not the Son of God really
meant that Gehenna (hell) would be eternal punishment.
25:41, 46, "Then shall he say also unto them on the left
hand, Depart from me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared
for the devil and his angels:
shall go away into everlasting punishment: but the righteous
into life eternal."
We need to
regain in our lives the image of God that was lost by the
antediluvian world. We add the divine nature to our life by
adding the Christian graces unto our self.
1:3-11 (Refer to and make application).
exception of Noah and his family, no one else was prepared for
the time of the Great Flood. This truth is given as a warning
for you and me to be prepared for the second coming of our
24:36-39, "But of that day and hour knoweth no man, no,
not the angels of heaven, but my Father only. But as the days
of Noe were, so shall also the coming of the Son of man be. For
as in the days that were before the flood they were eating and
drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that
Noe entered into the ark, And knew not until the flood came, and
took them all away; so shall also the coming of the Son of man
1:7-9, "And to you who are troubled rest with us, when
the Lord Jesus shall be revealed from heaven with his mighty
angels, In flaming fire taking vengeance on them that know not
God, and that obey not the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ: Who
shall be punished with everlasting destruction from the presence
of the Lord, and from the glory of his power;"
We are not
to boast of tomorrow.
6:2, (".behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is
the day of salvation.")
27:1, "Boast not thyself of tomorrow; for thou knowest
not what a day may bring forth."
"And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this
[Note: I do
not read or quote the more lengthy passages of scripture, but
rather narrate the contents therein.]