By faith Noah, being warned of God of things not seen as yet, moved with fear, prepared an ark to the saving of his house; by the which he condemned the world, and became heir of the righteousness which is by faith. (Hebrews 11:7)

Noah was a very different man from the rest of those who lived in his time. They forgot God, and he feared him.

They lived for things seen and temporal, and he lived in sight of the invisible. When he was building his ark, he was in a miserable minority.

And even after one hundred and twenty’ ministry, when his ark was built and his family entered it, they were eight against many millions.

They were an insignificant few, as men would say; a pitiful sect among mankind. Who would imagine that the eight would be right and all the millions wrong?

Where God is, there is a majority. But very clearly there was a very marked distinction between Noah and his household, and all the rest of mankind.

Brethren, the church of God stands at the present moment in the world very much in the same conditions as Noah and his family.

These make up with us the chosen family of God who shall be safe when the world is deluged with the last devouring fire.

But the time comes—it comes to each man in death, and it will come to the whole company of the ungodly in the day of the Lord Jesus shall descend from heaven with a shout.

When the door shall be shut, and it shall be said, “Between us and you there is a great gulf fixed: so that they which would pass from hence to you cannot; neither can they pass to us, that would come from thence” (Luke 16:26).

Character will become unchangeable; he who is unjust will be unjust still, and he who is filthy will be filthy still.1

Charles Spurgeon

Further reading


  1. Charles SpurgeonAt the Master’s Feet [Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 2005], November 30.