Selected Writings

11 Mar

The ESV Bible and Diet Coke

Over the next few weeks, I’d like to share some selected passages from my devotional journal.  This past year, I have been making a more concerted effort at writing down my observations, thoughts, and prayers in a journal (something that has always been a struggle for me).  Today’s selection comes from Genesis 7:1:

Then the Lord said to Noah, “Go into the ark, you and all your household, for I have seen that you are righteous before me in this generation.”

God tells Noah that he is righteous before him (God) in this wicked, violent generation (Gen. 6:11).  Noah’s righteousness points ahead to that of Abraham.  His righteousness was based upon faithful obedience to the command of God.  The Lord tells Noah that he is going to destroy all flesh, and that Noah is to build an ark to preserve the remnant (another fascinating type throughout the Scriptures).  In faith, Noah does this, to which God declares him righteous.

Hebrews 11:7 states that Noah, by faith, and in reverent fear, constructed the ark.  Through this, he and his household were delivered, the world was condemned, and he received the righteousness that comes by faith.  So, it was not the building of the ark itself that brought righteousness, but the manner in which it was built: faith.

And just as Noah became an heir to the righteousness that comes by faith, so, too, does Shem, his son.  And one of Shem’s sons, Terah, had a son named Abram (Abraham), who also received this righteousness as he trusted the gospel preached to him beforehand by God (Gal. 3:6, 8-9), and acted out of this faith in all that God commanded him.  And through Abraham’s offspring, Jesus Christ, all peoples would be, by faith, found righteous as well.

Today, I must trust in these hopeful words, and live by faith in the God who sent his Son to bless the world by his life, death, and resurrection.  Not only this, but I need to remember these truths when faced with temptation to sin, as well as opportunities to serve others:

1. I am united to Christ, the holy, righteous one of God
2. Because I am united to Christ, I can resist temptation, and strive to put sin to death (just as my old self was put to death, and then raised to new life in Christ)
3. It is Christ in me who works for the good of others, and he empowers me by his Spirit to minister to their needs
4. Daily I must turn to Christ, rejoicing in the blessings he’s secured for me, faithfully obeying the commands he’s given me, and looking ahead to the promises yet to be fulfilled

 

 

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