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Does your life condemn? It should…

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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.
(Heb 11:7)

Did you know that your life should condemn?  Specifically, your life as a believer, should condemn the world around you.  I’m not talking about shouting condemning words at the lost.  I’m talking about living a life where your genuine faith in God produces in you such a “set apart” life, that your words and lifestyle condemn the world. Where it speaks to their ungodliness and testifies to the reality of the judgment to come.

That’s what Noah’s life did.  Here’s what God said in Genesis:

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. 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. Make thee an ark of gopher wood; rooms shalt thou make in the ark, and shalt pitch it within and without with pitch.   (Gen 6:5-14)

And, behold, I, even I, do bring a flood of waters upon the earth, to destroy all flesh, wherein is the breath of life, from under heaven; and every thing that is in the earth shall die.  (Gen 6:17)

God told Noah that because all men had become corrupt and wicked, that he was going to destroy all mankind from the face of the earth with a flood.  He then told Noah to build an ark “to the saving of his household”.  What was the result of Noah hearing this truth from God?  The whole course of his life was altered.  Noah had “walked with God” before this encounter with God.  However, Noah’s faith in God, and in his new revelation of God’s plan, altered the way Noah lived.  Because he believed what God said about the coming destruction, his whole life became consumed with obeying God’s instructions for the salvation of him and his household.  

We know that God supernaturally brought the animals to the ark, however, God did not supernaturally supply all the materials for the building of the ark.  Noah had to labor and spend countless hours cutting down tree’s, getting pitch, and manually building the ark.  I’m sure he had to hire some help, or at least have his family help.  You can bet too that he was the talk of the community he lived in.  It would go with out saying that people had to ask him why he was building such a large boat.  Surely he told them that God was going to destroy all mankind with a flood and that God told him to build this ark to save himself and his family.  Can you imagine all the people mocking this crazy man for believing such “non-sense”?  People were indulging in every type of sin and living life to satisfy their own fleshly desires.  Yet in the midst of their debauchery and selfish lifestyles, there is “one” crazy man who’s warning the people of God’s judgement and coming wrath for their sin and ungodliness.  Noah must have seemed like a senile fool to these people.  And of course he did appear this way to them because they “did not know God”.  Noah walked with God, while the rest of fallen humanity didn’t know God or His ways.  They lived simply for their own pleasures and desires, void of any real relationship with God, that they could not discern when truth was being spoken and lived out before them.  What was the result of Noah’s faith?  God says that Noah’s faith condemned the world.  Noah was warned by God of things “not yet seen”.  Noah believe God, trust His word, believing in the covenant God made with him – to preserve him and his family, and then lived in such a way as to show his genuine faith in God.  His life testified to the truth of God’s displeasure with sinful man and to the truth of the coming judgment.  Noah’s actions, as a result of his real faith, condemned the world around him.  As the scripture says, he became and heir of righteousness because of his faith.  

It’s amazing how this one little verse in Hebrews 11 tells us so much about how we should live our lives.  This one sentence, about one man, and how he lived, is used as example to inspire us regarding what it means to walk by faith and to be justified by faith.  But don’t we live in a very similar situation as Noah?  By the testimony of God’s written word, we too know of God’s displeasure towards wicked and corrupt men – which includes every unconverted person.  We too live in an age where everyone does what is right in their own eyes.  We know that God has determined to judge this world and pour out His wrath on it.  We also know that if we, or any man, are found outside of the “ark of Jesus Christ” that we/they will perish under God’s wrath without any hope of ever being saved.  God did not tell Noah the exact day that He was going to bring the destroying flood, and we do not know the exact day that God is going to pour out His wrath and then bring back His Son.

Being convinced of these truths, shouldn’t your life mirror the life that Noah lived?  If you truly have faith in Jesus Christ, your life should be radically altered by the reality of these truths.  First and foremost should be the concern and care for your own soul.  Noah didn’t care who believed him or not, or whether he was considered a mad man or not, he was going to continue walking with God, keep himself from the wickedness in the world, and stay focused on the reality of his salvation and the coming destruction.  Noah knew that if he didn’t not build this boat/ark, and get in it, then he and his family would also be destroyed.  In the same way, if you do not “get in” to Jesus Christ and abide in him, you will also be destroyed and not be saved.  Noah walked with God and “abode” in Him by continuing to walk by faith and doing God’s commandments.  His life became a testimony to the world of God’s truth.  By Noah’s actions, he condemned the world.  And if you are a believer in Jesus Christ, believing theses sames truths, your life will condemn the world as well.  The very fact that you have an eternal focus will alter your actions and set you at odds with the world.  1 Peter 4 says:

For the time that is past suffices for doing what the Gentiles want to do, living in sensuality, passions, drunkenness, orgies, drinking parties, and lawless idolatry. With respect to this they are surprised when you do not join them in the same flood of debauchery, and they malign you; but they will give account to him who is ready to judge the living and the dead.
(1Pe 4:3-5)

Knowing that you’ve been purchased with the blood of Christ and been redeemed to God, you no longer live as others in the world live. Nor do you live as you did before you had faith in Christ.  Your inability, or I should say unwillingness, to indulge in the selfish pleasures and pursuits of the wicked testifies to them that you are different.  Your actions testify that your life is  controlled/influenced by Another, and that you believe the truths that you preach.  Your unwillingness to participate in the pursuits and pleasures of the wicked, because of the words of Christ, condemns their very actions and lifestyles.  Your steadfastness in godly living, in watching after your own soul (and your families) testifies that you really do believe these truths that you say you believe.  Sure you will be mocked for your words and lifestyle, but so has every godly man throughout history.  I’m sure Noah was mocked for his beliefs and for his actions of building the ark.  When your life testifies to the truth of God and speaks against the lives and actions of the ungodly, and the ungodly don’t receive your testimony, their natural reaction is to mock you.  That is what happens when people do not receive the testimony of a godly life.

When you live a steadfast godly life, one that condemns the actions of the wicked; whether it leads to their repentance or not, you are justifying your faith in the same way Noah was justified by his faith.  Noah’s faith in God produced in him a steadfastness to “do the will of God” and not to get involved in “the affairs of this world”.  His faith produces works – works that he will one day be judged by, and rewarded for.  When you live a godly life like Noah, set on steadfastly doing God’s will, not participating in the pleasures and desires and meaningless pursuits of the unconverted (and your old lifestyle), you are justifying your faith as well.  Your faith in Christ is shown to be true, and you are an heir of righteousness by faith.

So let me ask you again… does your life condemn the world?  Does your life testify to the truth you say you believe?  Has your faith been justified by your pursuit of godliness and your steadfastness to do with will of God?

OR

Does your life make the ungodly feel at ease?  Do the ungodly feel comfortable around you because your life is not much different that theirs?  If so, then how is your faith justified?  If your faith isn’t justified, then you have no faith at all.

I pray your life condemns the world around you by your faithful testimony to preach and live the truth you say you believe.

And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil. For every one that doeth evil hateth the light, neither cometh to the light, lest his deeds should be reproved. But he that doeth truth cometh to the light, that his deeds may be made manifest, that they are wrought in God.
(Joh 3:19-21)

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Written by Sean Scott

May 15, 2012 at 5:44 pm

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  1. Thanks bro, that’s valuable teaching. After reading this i realized that the Ark which Noah built was, itself, a sign of God’s condemnation of sin. If anyone had come up to Noah and asked, Why ya building that boat? then he would have told them that it is a vessel to escape God’s wrath for sin. It’s the only hope to escape His wrath. So, just the existence of the Ark sitting there on the dry land was a testimony to the world. And word must have traveled all over the known world that there’s a crazy man building a ship out in the countryside.

    So, amen. As the Gospel promises salvation for those who believe, then men know that it must also, by reason of that truth alone, pronounce judgment on all who won’t believe.

    ian vincent

    May 20, 2012 at 1:08 am

  2. Amen! Amen! Amen!

    Hebrews 11:7 is one of my favorite verses. Here’s a further application: Matthew 24:21.

    Of course, the modern church believes that we will be caught up and avoid all suffering: but as you said, Noah had to do some work on the ark [take some natural actions].

    This is why I store food and ensure access to clean drinking water.

    Is my faith in these things? Of course not.

    Many situations could arise that would render any natural preparations useless: but that is not the point.

    The point is EXACTLY the point you made in your article: by FAITH we prepare, having been WARNED BY GOD, as a WITNESS of the TRUTH in Christ.

    Loved the article, bro.

    Mark

    Mark

    May 31, 2012 at 3:32 pm


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