In Genesis 6, God was brokenhearted over the gross and numerous sins of Noah’s generation. The same sins committed then are being committed today. As God warned Noah’s generation, He has warned ours, as well.
As Noah, an unsinkable saint, found grace before God and provision from the flood, so can we find His grace and be saved from the wrath to come.
Genesis 6 reminds us that grace provides a Savior: Noah’s ark is a picture of Jesus Christ.
Genesis 6:14 says, “Make yourself an ark of gopherwood; make rooms in the ark, and cover it inside and outside with pitch.”
Scripture notes the security of this ark Noah was instructed to build, made of incorruptible material, with sufficient room for everyone aboard. Shaped like a coffin, sealed shut by the Almighty Himself, this boat’s only window was placed above, so Noah would remain Heavenly-minded. God provided for Noah’s every need in His sovereign timing.
Adrian Rogers says, “When you come to Jesus, you not only have security and sufficiency but also shelter and substance.”
Grace provides salvation: Noah found grace in the eyes of the Lord. (See Genesis 6:8.) This is the first mention of grace in the Bible.
As Ephesians 2:8 reminds us, we are “saved by grace, through faith.” Noah and his family had to take the step of faith onto the ark, just as we have to put our faith in Jesus Christ.
Grace provides security: we are saved by grace and kept by grace.
God sealed Noah into the ark, just as we are sealed by Jesus Christ in our salvation. We may stumble and fall within the ark, but the door is sealed shut: if we are Christians, there is no falling off the Good Ship Grace.
Adrian Rogers says, “Security is not in a place; security is in a Person, and His name is Jesus.”
The ark was the safest place for Noah to be because God was in the ark; if the ark had gone down, God would have gone down, too.
God is still in the ark; may we enter in before His wrath is poured out once again.
Apply it to your life
Are you sealed in the ark of Jesus Christ—saved by grace, through faith? Don’t let another day go by without confirming it in your heart.
God only has one plan of salvation from beginning to end. And that is grace. What is grace? That means that God just saves us apart from any works of our own by any effort by any good deeds. You’re not saved by keeping the 10 commandments. You’re not saved by giving you money. You’re not saved by being a good boy or girl. You’re not saved by the sweat of your brow. But by the grace of Almighty God Adrian Rogers was a motivator, an encourager and a leader of the faith who presented a clear invitation to follow jesus at every opportunity. He was also passionate about presenting scriptural application to everyday life circumstances. And you’ll see that in this series of messages that were calling how to weather the storms of life. Have your bible ready and join us for this study from God’s word. Before we begin remember, you can follow along with pastor Rogers, outline notes, transcript and other resources related to today’s message all at L WF dot org. Now, let’s join Adrian Rogers Be finding genesis. Chapter six. I hope that you have found it. And when you found it, look up here, this is the story of the great flood and Noah’s ark. Now, can we believe this story? Or is this just simply folklore folks? You can believe it As a matter of fact, archaeologists tell us as they studied the histories of the great civilizations. Every one of them have somewhere in the background a story of a great flood. Of course. Sometimes the stories are garbled and mixed up because we have the true account in the bible. But they all tell us that there must have been sometimes somewhere in this earth, a cataclysmic flood. But I don’t depend upon archaeologists, I depend upon the Lord Jesus Christ to confirm this story The Lord Jesus told us in Matthew chapter 24 and verse 37 that as it was in the days of Noah, it’s going to be just before he comes back again. And I want to say to you that the days of Noah have returned to us right now. Now let’s begin reading here in Genesis Chapter six. And I want to begin reading in verse five. Look at it. 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 God or the Lord that he had made man on the earth and it grieved him in 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 things and the fouls of the air for it repent with me that I have made them. But now here’s our first look at it. But no uh found grace in the eyes of the Lord. Now, ladies and gentlemen, that’s the first time the word Grace is used in the bible. But Noah found grace in the eyes of the Lord. These are the generations of Noah nor was a just man and perfect in his generations and walked and Noah walked with God and Noah begat three sons, Shem ham and Japheth the earth was also was corrupt before God and the earth was filled with violence and God looked upon the earth and behold it had corrupt. It was corrupt for all flesh had corrupted his way upon the earth. And God said unto Noah, the end of all flesh has come before me for the earth is filled with violence through them. And behold I will destroy them with the earth make the and art of gopher wood. And I’m going to stop reading right there, but God said, Noah, I’m going to destroy the world because of its violence because of its wickedness, because of its vileness. Make an arc an ark of safety. Now, jesus said as it was in the days of Noah, it’s going to be just before I come. What were the days of Noah! Well, number one, there were days of apostasy faith that had been delivered to the prophet, able and to to and to adam this faith was now fading and receding from the earth and people were believing ungodly philosophies, but not only was it a day of apostasy, it was a day of anarchy over and over in the scripture that we just read violence fill the earth and it was a day of, of wicked ideas. We’ve come to a day when a man’s word means absolutely nothing. Whether it’s a treaty between nations, a marriage contract, a business contract, our political speech, the imagination that means heart. We’re wicked continually before the Lord. And and it had reached such a level that God says, I’m sorry that I made them. I’m going to have to judge the earth and the same sins that produced the flood in Noah’s day. Those same sins have reached up to heaven today and God is going to judge the world one more time. It was water the first time. It will be fire the next time. But what did jesus say that the days of Noah were like also, he said they were marrying and giving in marriage, eating and drinking that is they were going on with the same old round of life. And the problem in our society is today that we’re standing right on the threshold of imminent judgment. But nobody seems to care. We just yawn in the face of God. Well in these days, in these dangerous days in which we live, we need and thank God, we have God’s amazing grace. The grace of God, I love verse eight where verse eight says, But Noah found Grace, Noah found grace. Noah found grace before God in the eyes of the Lord. The three things I want to lay on your heart this morning as we look in this chapter of the Grace of God that brings salvation. God’s marvelous, infinite wonderful grace. You know God wants us to be saved so much that he gives illustrations all over the bible. Did you know that the old testament is one great illustration book of the wonderful saving, amazing grace of God. And you’ll never see Salvation picture more clearly than you do in Noah’s ark. And I want you to see it. I want you to see the spiritual salvation that comes to all of those of us who can who need to flee the wrath of God that is coming on this world. First of all, Grace provides a savior, Grace provides a savior. Just write it down somewhere in a slip of paper. Grace provides a savior now, Noah needed to be saved. And so God told Noah in verse 14, preparing art. Now folks, that arc is a picture of the Lord jesus christ pastor. Are you sure? Yes, I’m sure. Simon peter himself said in the new testament, that the ark was a type a picture of the Lord jesus christ. And so if that arc is a picture of the Lord, jesus christ. If Grace provides a savior, let’s look at that arc. And let’s see what it’s like. We stopped reading in verse 14, let’s start reading again in verse 14, God says to Noah make thee an ark of gopher wood rooms shalt thou make in the ark and shall pitch it within and without with pitch. Now think with me for just a moment about the security of this boat. God said, make it of gopher wood. Gopher wood is literally Cyprus and that means that it is incorruptible. It won’t rot, it won’t decay. And then God says pitch it within and without. What is pitch, it is gooey resin, it is tar God said now noah, hate this boat. Make it of incorruptible would make it of Cyprus. And then he said get you a big brush and just paint it all on the outside with pitch with gooey tar. And then he said no get on the inside and paint it from top to bottom with pitch. Now, here’s an interesting thing folks, this is not the normal word for It’s a word that is translated over 70 times in the rest of the Bible atonement. Atonement is the same word Kafar and what he says. Put atonement all over the outside of put atonement all over the inside of it. This this this word just just seal it now. What was that tar for? What was that resin for? What was that four? To keep the water out? See, see how smart I am. It was to keep the water out. Well, what is the water? The water was God’s judgment and not one drop could come through. Amen. Are you listening? This arc is a picture of the Lord, jesus christ, he is what he is the atonement for our sin and friend when you are in jesus, not one drop of judge can get to you In the Bible, one in the bible, a wonderful book. Another place for an amen in the bible. Wonderful. Okay, now listen folks, thank God for this book. Thank God for this arc, you see, thank God for God’s amazing. Grace verse eight says and noah found Grace in the eyes of the Lord. And what does Grace do? Grace provides a savior? Grace provides a savior. Friend. There’s an ark of Safety for you today and his name is jesus. His name is jesus. Say, jeez say it again, jeez, he’s the arc of Safe. He is the Ark of Safety. Grace provides a savior. Second thing I want you to see today. Not only does Grace provide a savior, but if Grace provides a savior, then Grace provides salvation. That follows doesn’t what? Why why do we have a savior? So we can be saved. Now, how do you get on board the ark? How are you saved? Well, I’m going to show you something in in this passage that will remind you of the great passage on salvation that’s found in Ephesians two versus eight through 10, I think most of us know Ephesians 2, 8 through 10. Here’s what it says. Well, by Grace, are you saved through faith and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God, not of works lest any man should boast for we are what his workmanship created in christ, jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them. Now, folks, that’s those are great verses. If you will keep those verses in your mind And there are three prepositions in those verses. And if you keep those three prepositions in your mind, you’ll never get mixed up. You’ll never get confused about how to be saved and the relationship of faith and works and see how God’s grace is so wonderful, so amazing and so magnificent! What are those three prepositions four by Grace? The first preposition is by for by grace. Are you saved through faith? The second preposition is through by Grace, through faith on to good work unto good work. Now, I love and if you want to put a scripture by this, just put romans. Chapter three verse 22 By this. Where romans three verse 22 says that we are justified freely by his grace. We’re justified freely by his grace. The only way that anybody has ever been saved in the history of the world is by grace? Do you agree to that? I hope you will. God only has one plan of salvation from beginning to end. And that is grace. What is grace? What is grace? That means that God just saves us apart from any works of our own, by any effort by any good deeds. You’re not saved by keeping the 10 commandments. You’re not saved by giving you money, you’re not saved by being a good boy or girl. You’re not saved by the sweat of your brow, but by the Grace of Almighty God, Grace G R A C E. Just simply means God’s riches at christ expense. It’s by Grace folks, that you’re saved by Grace by Grace. Turn if you will for a moment to the book of hebrews chapter 11 And look at verse seven, If you don’t think that God put the plan of salvation in Noah’s ark, you better read verse seven. Look at it now hebrews 11 verse seven 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 which he condemned the world and became the heir of the Righteousness. Which is by which is by faith, northbound Grace in the eyes of the Lord. And how did Noah respond to that Grace? It is by Grace through faith. Have you put your faith in the Lord, jesus christ? You need to do so. And so what have we said, what we said? Well about unsinkable saying, we said that Grace provides a savior and Grace provides salvation right, Right. Nor was saved by Grace through faith on to good works. That arc was a picture of the Lord jesus christ. Now, here’s the third and final thing I want you to see. Not only does Grace provide a Savior. And not only does Grace provides salvation, but folks, Grace provides security. Grace provides security. Do you think that Noah was safe in that arc where you don’t even have to think about it, you know that he was safe in that art? Remember I just read to you in in in Genesis chapter seven and verse one where God said to Noah noah com bow into the art now he didn’t say no, go into the art, he said come into the ark. Now if I stand outside a room and I say to you go into that room, that means I’m out here. You go in there where I’m not, but if I stand in a room and I say come into the room, that means come in where I am right, He didn’t say going to the art, he said come into the ark. What does that mean? God was in the arm, God was in the ark, God is in christ christ is the ark of safety. You want me to tell you when I’m going down, I’m going down. If jesus goes down, you want to tell you when I’m gonna lose my relationship with God the father, I’m gonna lose my relationship with God the father when jesus ever loses his, he can’t lose him, how safe are you when you’re in the Lord jesus christ, you are as safe As you can possibly be because you are in Christ look in Chapter seven and verse 16 and they went in and they went in, they went in there in christ, security is in christ Now folks, the bible tells us clearly and plainly and I love it. And second Corinthians chapter five and verse 17, here’s what it says, listen to it. If any man be in christ, he is a new creature. If any man be in christ you know when when God put noah in the ark, the bible says that God shut the door. You know the bible says about those of us who believe in the Lord jesus christ after that you believed you are sealed with the holy spirit of promise. Not only did God shut the water out, God shutting away you say, what if I lose my salvation? How could noah have lost the salvation? God shut the door, No one may have fallen down several times inside that ark, but he couldn’t fall out of it. Are you listening to me? A lot of folks get the idea boy, you know one of these days, I’m gonna be secure, I’m gonna be secure when I get to heaven, I’m gonna get to heaven, slam the door behind my back, wipe the sweat off my brow and say, oh boy, I made it now I’m secure. Now wait a minute. If you don’t believe in security down here, What makes you think you’re gonna have security up there? I read in the bible where angels fell from heaven. Security is not in a place security is in a person and his name is jesus, his name is jesus. They were in the art and I submit to you that Noah was as safe as that ark was safe because Noah was in the arc, it had atonement on the outside, it had atonement on the inside, it had sufficiency on the inside and God shut the door. Now folks, I will tell you something. Not only are we saved by Grace but were kept by Grace. I mean Grace provides a savior. Grace provides a salvation and Grace provides a security. It’s amazing grace. You know the kind of thing that some folks believe in the kind of salvation some folks believe in. Can you imagine the story this way if God said to Noah Noah, there’s gonna be a rough flood coming here, you’ve got this ship built. So I want you to take some broomsticks and make some pegs on the side of the ark and one peg for you to hold on to and one peg for mrs Noah to hold onto and one peg for ham and one for shim and one for Japheth and one for their wives and when it starts to rain though, get a stepladder get up there and get hold of those pegs and hold on with all your might because it’s gonna be a terrible flood. And just hold on. And know if you can hold on until all the floodwaters go down. No, you’ll be safe. Do you think that’s much salvation? And you can see no holding that slimy peg and saying to his wife, sweetheart, pray for me. I’ll hold out faithful to the end. That’s that’s the salvation. A lot of folks think they have, they think that they’re kept by holding on to him friend. We are kept because he holds us, jesus said my sheep, hear my voice and I know them and they follow me and I give unto them eternal life and they shall never perish. Neither shall any man pluck them out of my hands. My father, which gave them me is greater than all. And no man is able to pluck them out of my father’s hand. Eye and my father are one. Why have I been kept all of these years? Because I’ve been a good boy. No, I’ve got a great savior. God’s amazing grace. Noah. Found Grace in the eyes of the Lord and Grace provides a savior. That ship was a picture of jesus and Grace provide salvation. The bible says that Noah was justified by faith when he entered the good ship, Grace and Grace provide security. You see if you’re saved by works, you have to be kept by work. But if you’re saved by Grace, you’re kept by the Grace of God. Now listen to me. The Lord is not slack concerning his promise as some men count slackness, but is long suffering to us. Word. Not willing. That any should perish, but that all should come to repentance. Why is this world not yet suffered a baptism of fire and judgment? Because God’s waiting for somebody in this building to be saved. God wants you say the Lord doesn’t want you to perish. Did you know why Methuselah lived to be 969 years? Because God said, when Methuselah dies, the flood will come. I can assure you from the word of God that the flood came exactly the day that Methuselah died. And the reason that Methuselah died was not that he had good genes, but that God had great mercy. God kept letting him live. God kept letting him live because God did not want anybody to die and perish in that flood. So God kept giving one more opportunity and one more chance. The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, verse nine as some men count slackness, but is long suffering to us. Were not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance. But now notice 1st 10. But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night. You ever had a thief. Call you up and say, I’m coming tonight. He said, well, I don’t think he’s coming today. Well, that’s a good sign that he might because jesus said in such an hour as you think, Not the son of man coming the day of the Lord cometh as a thief in the night in which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise and the elements shall melt with fervent heat. When Peter wrote this, people didn’t know anything about nuclear fission and they said that’s ridiculous, dirt burning elements, burning air burning, it’s not ridiculous today. The elements shall melt with fervent heat. The word fervent literally means fever heat, internal heat, nuclear combustion the earth also in the works that are there and should be burned up. Now, here’s the question for all of us today. Listen to it, seeing then that all these things shall be dissolved, What manner of persons ought to be in all holy conversation and Godliness looking for and hastening unto the coming of the day of God, wherein the heavens being on fire shall be dissolved and the elements shall melt with fervent heat. What’s all of this saying? Listen folks, listen to me, God wants you save today And God says, don’t yawn in the face of God and say, well, it’s been 2000 years. The judgment is not coming. As sure as I’m standing here, the judgment is coming, the he’s going to melt with fever heat and you better be in the ark of safety whose name is the Lord jesus christ and you better know the grace of Almighty God guards amazing wonderful grace. I can imagine a little boy back in Noah’s time coming home to his dad and saying daddy Daddy listen you know where I’ve been I’ve been over there too. Mr Noah’s place and daddy Mr Noise building a protest. You won’t believe how big that thing is. And dad mr Noh has been preaching every now and then. You put the hammer down and he’ll turn around and preach those people who are watching. And mr North says that he has it from God that God is sick and tired of the way people are living and God’s gonna judge this world and God’s gonna send a flood and and and daddy Mr Noah says that everybody’s got to get on board that ship because if they don’t get on board that ship they’re gonna drown. And this he begins to laugh. Mhm. The little boy has a tear in the corner of his eye. The daddy season Oh said son, I’m sorry son. I I wasn’t laughing at you son if I was laughing at anything. I was laughing at myself. You see son, let me tell you something. Noah has been building that boat for a long time when I was a little boy I went out to see Noah building that boat son. He told me the same story, it scared the wits out of me and he told me that same old story about a flood when I was your age son. That’s why I was laughing. I was really laughing at me and son here’s the funny part. I went home and I told my daddy just like you told me, you know what my dad said. My dad said he was a little boy. He went out there and that crazy old man told him the same story when your granddaddy was a little boy son, don’t let that old religious fanatic scare you go in the house son and eat your supper as it was in the days of Noah, so shall it be they’ll come in the last days scoffers saying where’s the promise of his? You say well I don’t want to give my heart to jesus, I want to save my life. You’re the one that’s gonna lose I believe when Noah put that last nail in the ark was probably the last thing he ever had. He went into the ark um and to the ark of pauper. But when he came out of the art, he owned the whole world, blessed are the meek for they shall inherit the earth. Well, amen, thank God for these. And this beautiful worship center who prayed and asked christ to come into the heart and many of you may have done the same thing. Here’s the wonderful news. 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