God’s grace to Noah & “You can be anything you want to be”

The modern contemporary culture saying you can be anything you want to be. It sounds so appealing and attractive but it runs hollow and dangerous encounter the wisdom of the centuries and of and of the Bible.

God said I will wipe them out because of the continuous evil in man’s heart

Noahic idea of grace speaks loudly of the sovereignty and compassion of God. You know in our culture today people are precisely doing anything they want to, and anything they want to be, in rampant chaotic anarchy style of culture that resulted in the wrath of God. The world was full of sins in Noah’s time and God was grieved seeing the world was so much sin. In Genesis 6, the sons of God saw the daughters of men were attractive. Then and they took as their wives any they chose. Then the Lord said my Spirit would not abide with in man forever, for his flesh his day shall be 120 years. V5, the Lord saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every intention of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually. And the Lord regretted He made man on the earth and grieved him to his heart. So the Lord said “I’ll blot out man whom I’ve created from the face of the land, man and animals for I’m sorry that I made them.” But Noah found favor in the eyes of the Lord.

This passage clearly tells us that we cannot be anything we want to be or do anything we want to. This is exactly what is described that the Lord saw the wickedness of man was great every intention of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually. There seems to be no break, they can do anything they want to and this is an egregious to God and to humanity. And God was grieved and regret that he made man and he started of the plan to wipe them out.

Noah represents the minority who remain righteous despite evil all around

However God’s grace was shown to Noah because in verse 8 but Noah found favor in the eyes of the Lord and God told Noah to make himself an art and bring his family and animals of every kind into the ark to preserve them. And that is the grace of God of preservation.

He was the first, but not the last period it is it is this small group of believers that God caused out in each generation, Abraham in Genesis 12, Israel’s exodus 1 -19, faithful exiles, 2 Kings 19, Isaiah 10 :20-22, until the coming of Christ who though abandoned by his disciples remained faithful to death.

The good news to the world today is that God’s amazing Grace to us to empower us to enable us to live the righteous life he desires which is for our flourishing and also for his glorious name and his love for us. Oh God is faithful and if we respond to his call he will in no way abandon us or forsake. However if we are bent on rebelling against him, the warning of the flood of Noah’s days remains a true possibility to all of us.

Good news is God working in us to will and work for His good pleasure

This is very much in line with what Hebrews 1:3 He is the radiance of the glory of God and the exact imprint of his nature, and he upholds the universe by the word of his power.

The Son is the radiance of God’s glory and the exact representation of his being, sustaining all things by his powerful word. Or in ESV says he’s the radiance of the glory of God and the exact imprint of his nature, and he upholds the universe by the word of his power. Therefore you can see that we absolutely rely on God’s upholding us or sustaining us. But that does not make us a puppet. In sin we are dead in slavery to the world, the flesh, and the devil, while still being responsible for my actions.

Therefore we are responsible for our lives under the sovereignty of God and he works both ways. Our salvation comes utterly by grace but in a way that does not obviate the need for my effort.

Philippians 2:12–13 (ESV)

12 Therefore, my beloved, as you have always obeyed, so now, not only as in my presence but much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling, 13 for it is God who works in you, both to will and to work for his good pleasure.

There are two aspects of it the final thing is we are responsible to act in order to fulfill God’s purpose, but our ability to act comes from God who works in us to will us to give us the willpower to work in accordance with his good purpose. Now without God’s will working in us our determination to act will be futile and will not achieve the salvation that God wants to give to us spirit.

The words “workout your salvation” does not mean we get saved by our works. Paul means salvation in terms of progressively coming to experience all of the aspects and blessings of salvation. The Philippines continued obedience is an inherent part of working out their salvation in this sense. This works at all the result of God’s work within his people to will and work for his good pleasure. Even the desire or the will, to do what is good comes from God, but he also works in the believer to generate actual choices of the good, so that the desire result in actions.

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