Walking with God
8 But Noah found grace in the eyes of the LORD. 9 These are the generations of Noah: Noah was a just man and perfect in his generations, and Noah walked with God. 10 And Noah begat three sons, Shem, Ham, and Japheth. (KJV)
8 But Noah found favor in the eyes of the LORD. 9 These are the generations of Noah. Noah was a righteous man, blameless in his generation. Noah walked with God. 10 And Noah had three sons, Shem, Ham, and Japheth. (ESV)
Last time we spoke on the bad news as we see in Genesis 6:5-7 “wickedness” The good news is that Noah found grace, or favor in the eyes of the Lord. Noah could have been left to his sins and left to experience God’s judgment, but Noah found grace in the eyes of the Lord. The bad news is that we are sinners. “all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.” We were the children of wrath. The good news is that through Christ we experience God’s mercy and grace. Grace is God’s unmerited favor on sinful mankind.
Noah did not earn grace, work for grace, merit grace, or deserved grace. He FOUND grace! None of us can say we have earned grace. If you know God’s amazing Grace today…it’s not what you have done to deserve it.
Amazing Grace, how sweet the sound, that saved a wretch like me.
I once was lost, but now I’m found, was blind, but now I see.
Noah FOUND grace, because God found him. And when God finds you, you discover
grace for the first time. That’s good news! But it doesn’t stop there. There’s more to the story of grace.
Noah responds to Grace! Noah responds to God at work in his heart.
1. Noah was a just man (righteous man)
2. Noah was perfect (blameless) in his generation
It’s important to see this. Noah did not find grace because he was a just man, or a righteous man. Noah did not find grace because he was perfect, or blameless in his generation. Verse 8 comes first with grace, then comes the statement of Noah being righteous and blameless. First of all, we are saved by the grace of God. At the moment of conversion we are declared righteous before a Holy God. There’s a faith we never had before. We exercise this faith and believe God. God gives us a righteousness that we do not have. It is an imputed righteousness. Noah was not righteous within himself, but God declared him righteous by an act of His grace.
Notice in Genesis 15:6 of Abraham:
And he believed in the LORD; and he counted it to him for righteousness.
Noah believed in the LORD and he was declared righteous. That is, he received an imputed righteousness which had to do with his standing before God. This is called positional righteousness. There was the evidence of a sanctifying righteousness which had to do with his walk with God. This is called progressive righteousness. Positionally, God sees us through the eyes of the LORD Jesus. We are covered by the blood of Christ and we are declared righteous. We are justified by faith in Christ. That’s justification.