How Was Noah Saved Through Water?
How was Noah and his family saved through water? Peter, in 1 Peter 3:20-21, saysthey were but just how is a little hard to understand without some thought andstudy. The passage reads as follows: “when once the longsuffering of God waitedin the days of Noah, while the ark was being prepared, in which a few, that is, eightsouls, were saved through water. There is also an antitype which now saves us,namely baptism (not the removal of the filth of the flesh, but the answer of a goodconscience toward God), through the resurrection of Jesus Christ.” (NKJV)How was Noah and his family saved through water? What was he saved from?What is an antitype? Was he saved by grace or by works (he did build the ark)? There are a lot of questions. Let us start from the beginning.We are all aware of the story of how the flood came about. After God made man indue time mankind came to be great sinners before God. “Then the Lord saw thatthe wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every intent of the thoughtsof his heart was only evil continually.” (Gen. 6:5 NKJV) God determined to destroyman for his evil, an evil so great it grieved God in his heart and made him sorry hehad created man. (Gen. 6:6-7)However, the text then says, “But Noah found grace in the eyes of the Lord.” (Gen.6:8 NKJV) One cannot emphasize too much the teaching of this text. That said itgoes against almost everything that men today have to say about grace. Gracetoday, as men see it, means you need do nothing at all toward your own salvationother than believe in Jesus. If more was required of you that would be, so theyreason, salvation by works.How did God show Noah grace? Was it not by telling him what was going to happen(judgment was to befall the inhabitants of the earth and life on the earth bedestroyed) and what he (Noah) needed to do to save himself? That was it exactly.But, in today’s world of so called Christendom this is not grace. Noah had to worksome say, based on Gen. 6:3, one hundred and twenty years on the ark. Peterspoke of the longsuffering of God waiting in the days of Noah while the ark wasbeing prepared (1 Peter 3:20) so it was no short term project. Noah received gracebut had something to do, an obligation to fulfill, if he was to be saved. Being savedby God’s grace does not mean man has no part in his own salvation, that man hasnothing to do. There is also one other very important New Testament verse on Noah’s salvation.“By faith Noah, being divinely warned (God’s grace-DS) of things not yet seen,moved with Godly fear, prepared an ark for the saving of his household, by which hecondemned the world and became heir of the righteousness which is according tofaith.” (Heb. 11:7 NKJV) How is it we freely admit that Noah was saved by graceand faith and yet he had to work many, many years building this giant ark and yet