Chapter 11 of the Book of Hebrews records triumphs of faith of some Old Testament men and women. This New Testament book is a roll call of a number of visible heroes of the Old Testament, and we have come to refer to it as God’s Hall of Fame. Entrance into this select group is based not upon great feats of skill, but upon the only work that God will accept - faith! Noah’s faith is recalled for us in HEB 11:7By faith Noah, being warned by God about things not yet seen, in reverence prepared an ark for the salvation of his household, by which he condemned the world, and became an heir of the righteousness which is according to faith. As in the previous verses in this chapter, this verse begins with the phrase by faith translated from the instrumental use of the Greek word pistis, which is pistei. Pistei should be translated “by means of doctrine.”Pistis refers to what is believed, the body of belief, or doctrine, as in such passages as GAL 1:23; 1TI 1:19; 1TI 4:1; 1TI 4:6; 1TI 6:10; 2TI 2:18; 2TI 4:7. In all of these passages, pistis refers to what is believed, the body of belief, or doctrine.
Noah is the last of the antediluvian trio of super-grace heroes. The first 500 years of his life are not discussed, we assume during that time he reached different stages of spiritual growth. Noah and his three sons are first mentioned in GEN 5:32And Noah was five hundred years old, and Noah became the father of Shem, Ham, and Japheth. In GEN 6:9-10These are the records of the generations of Noah. Noah was a righteous man, blameless in his time; Noah walked with God. And Noah became the father of three sons: Shem, Ham, and Japheth. Noah, whose name means rest or relief, is mentioned in such a way as to indicate that the last 450 years of his life were years of spiritual growth all the way to spiritual maturity and super-grace. The line of descent from Adam to Noah was as follows: Adam, Seth, Enosh, Cainan, Mahalaleel, Jared, Enoch, Methuselah, Lamech, and Noah. We know that Noah lived at a time when the whole earth was filled with violence and corruption, yet Noah did not allow the evil standards of his day to rob him of fellowship with God. Noah stood out as one who walked with God (GEN 6:9), as was true of his great‑grandfather Enoch.
So let’s look at HEB 11:7* By means of doctrine resident in the soul, Noah, being warned. The phrase being warned is the Greek aorist passive participle, chrematistheis, which means to be divinely instructed, or to receive warning from doctrine, and in the passive voice, it means having received a special divine revelation which included specific and detailed instructions. Doctrine is not only a source of capacity for life, love and happiness, but doctrine is also a warning system. However, it functions in any of those areas only when it is resident in your soul. Your life after salvation was designed to have doctrine in the driver's seat, dictating your course of life, and your volition must respond to doctrine that is resident in your soul.
HEB 11:7*By means of doctrine resident in the soul, Noah, having been warned by God. The constantive aorist contemplates the action of the verb in it's entirety, where it takes the communication of pertinent doctrine and regardless of how long it took for Noah to understand, gathers it into one ball of wax, and says that Noah arrived at a point where he understood what was going on in human history; just as every one of us can, if we stick with doctrine. Noah continued with doctrine, became spiritually mature, and received divine warning from God concerning the future.
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