Continuing our series of “Tracts from the Past” written by Paul Simon (date and location unknown), we now present to you one dealing with types and antitypes that deal with Noah and ourselves. Enjoy!
NOAH’S SALVATION AND OURS
By PAUL SIMON, Minister
Noah’s salvation was very similar to ours. Both were spiritual and physical. Although, first emphasis was placed upon Noah’s physical salvation, he was also saved from the sins of the wicked by their being destroyed in the flood. First emphasis is placed on our spiritual salvation, and yet we are saved physically in that [generally speaking] he who lives a Christian life will live longer than he would have, had he lived an ungodly life.
Noah was saved by grace.
And the Lord said, ‘‘I will destroy man whom I have created from off the face of the earth, for it hath repented me that I have made them. But Noah found grace in the eyes of the Lord.” (Gen. 6). We, too, are saved by grace. “By grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves.” — Eph. 2:8.
Noah was saved by faith.
“By faith Noah, being warned of God concerning things not seen as yet, moved with Godly fear, prepared an ark to the saving of his house” (Heb. 11:7). We are saved by faith. “Wherefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through Jesus Christ our Lord” (Romans 5:1). “For ye are all the children of God by faith in Christ Jesus” (Gal. 3:26). Although these passages state that we are saved by faith, they do not say that we are saved by faith only.
Noah was saved by obedience.
“By faith Noah being warned of God, concerning things not seen as yet, moved with Godly fear prepared an ark (obeyed) to the saving of his house” (Heb. 11:7). We too are saved by obedience. “Though he were a son, learned he obedience through the things which he suffered, and being made perfect he became the author of eternal salvation unto all them that obey Him” (Heb. 5:8-9). “To you who are troubled rest with us. When the Lord Jesus Christ 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” (2 Thes. 1:7-9). “Blessed are they that do his commandments that they may have a right to the tree of life and may enter in through the gates into the city” (Rev 22:14).
Noah was saved by water.
“For Christ also hath once suffered for sins: the just for the unjust that he might bring us unto God; being put to death in the flesh, but quickened by the Spirit by which also he went and preached unto the spirits in prison; which sometime were disobedient when once the long suffering of God waited in the day of Noah while the ark was a preparing, wherein few: that is, eight souls were saved by water” (I Peter 3:18-20). Likewise we are saved by water in baptism. “The like figure whereunto even baptism doth also now save us” (I Peter 3:21).
Noah was saved in the ark.
We are saved in the spiritual ark, the church. “And the Lord added to the church daily such as should be saved” (Acts 2:47). “Wives submit yourselves unto your own husbands as unto the Lord; for the husband is the head of the wife, even as Christ also is the head of the church and he is the saviour of the body. Therefore, as the church is subject to Christ so let the wives be to their own husbands. Husbands, love your wives even as Christ also loved the Church and gave himself for it, that he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word that he may present it unto himself a glorious church, not having spot or wrinkle or any such thing, but that it should be holy and without blemish” (Eph. 5:22-27). “Take heed therefore unto yourselves and unto all the church over which the Holy Spirit hath made you overseers to feed the church of God which he purchased with his own blood” (Acts 20:28).
- Noah built the ark. Christ built the church.
- Noah built but one ark. Christ built but one Church.
- The ark was Noah’s ark. The Church is Christ’s Church.
- There was only one family in the ark, Noah’s family. There is but one family in the Church, God’s family.
- All of Noah’s family was in the ark. All of God’s family is in the church.
- All in the ark were Noah’s family. All in the church are God’s family.
- Only Noah’s children were in the ark. Only God’s children are in the Church.
- All of Noah’s children were in the ark. All of God’s children are in the church.
- All in the ark wore one name, Noah’s. All in the church wore one name, Christ’s.
- All the righteous were in the ark. All the righteous are in the church.
- All out of the ark were disobedient to God. All out of the church are disobedient to God.
- All in the ark were saved. All in church are saved.
- All out of the ark were lost. All out of the church will be lost.
- Had Noah and his family not entered the ark, or left the ark before God told them to, they would have been lost. All who refuse to enter the church, having obtained unto the age of accountability, will be lost and those who enter the church but refuse to remain faithful to the church will be lost.
- There was but one entrance into the ark: the door. There is but one entrance into the Church: Christ.
- There was but one source of light in the ark, the window. There is but one source of spiritual light in the church, the Bible.
You see how understanding our salvation is made simple by comparing it with Noah’s salvation by the flood.