What Saved Noah?

Text: Genesis 6:7-8

What saved Noah? Depending on who you ask, you may get different responses (i.e. grace, obedience). One fact is clear that we all agree on – God saved Noah. But how did He do it? This is an important question as it helps us understand how God saves us today.

Need for Salvation

  • First, why did Noah need to be saved? – judgment was coming against the world over sin (Genesis 6:5-7); everyone would be destroyed unless God made an exception
  • Salvation was made available to Noah, but not because he was sinlessly perfect (cf. Romans 3:23) – he was righteous, blameless, and walked with God (Genesis 6:9); but that does not mean he was without sin
  • Those who are righteous, blameless, and walk with God may still sin on occasion (1 John 1:5-10) – punishment for sin is death, but salvation for one without sin (if that were possible) is still a gift from God (Romans 6:23)

Grace Saved Noah

  • Noah found grace in the eyes of the Lord” (Genesis 6:8, KJV) – this was the first necessary step; Noah could not have been saved if God did not extend His grace to him
  • How did grace save Noah?
  • By grace, God decided to make salvation available to Noah – he could not save himself without this
  • By grace, God warned Noah of the destruction that was coming – why build an ark if it was not needed?
  • By grace, God gave Noah a plan to follow to be saved – what if Noah had to make his own plan? … no one had ever made a vessel like that before
  • By grace, God delivered Noah through the entire ordeal – many things could have gone wrong on the ark, but God was with them

Faith Saved Noah

  • By faith Noah, being warned by God about things not yet seen, in reverence prepared an ark” (Hebrews 11:7) – when God warned Noah about what was coming and how he could be saved, he believed
  • How did faith save Noah?
  • By faith, Noah believed God’s word – even though God warned of something that had not been seen; this is faith (Hebrews 11:1); faith comes from God’s word (Romans 10:17)
  • By faith, Noah trusted in God’s plan – he did not alter it thinking that he had something “better”; “according to all that God had commanded him, so he did” (Genesis 6:22; cf. 7:5)
  • By faith, Noah did what God told him to do – this leads to the next point about obedience

Obedience Saved Noah

  • Noah…prepared an ark for the salvation of his household” (Hebrews 11:7) – grace and faith were essential for Noah’s salvation; but without obedience, he would have perished
  • How did obedience save Noah?
  • Through obedience, Noah built the vessel that would save him – not an easy task; took as much as 100 years to complete the construction (Genesis 5:32; 7:6)
  • Through obedience, he proved to be different from the world – condemned the world (Hebrews 11:7); his life was in every way different from the people who lived around him

How This Applies to Us

  • Grace, faith, and obedience all played a part in Noah’s salvation – the same is true for us today
  • We are saved by grace (Ephesians 2:8) – nothing we can do to earn salvation (Romans 3:23; 6:23)
  • We are saved by faith (1 Peter 1:9) – we cannot please God without faith (Hebrews 11:6)
  • We are saved by obedience (Hebrews 5:9) – “faith without works is dead” (James 2:26); we are “justified by works and not by faith alone” (James 2:24)
  • We cannot leave out any one of those or we will be lost


  • Noah was saved by grace through faith as he obeyed God – we are saved in the same way today
  • His salvation is a shadow of our salvation (1 Peter 3:20-21)

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