The Faith of Abel, Enoch & Noah - Types of ChristVolume 1, Number 6
Created Date: February 11, 2004
Posted Date: February 11, 2004
Vol 1 - No 6, February 11, 2004
The faith of Abel, Enoch and Noah as types foreshadowing The Man of Faith:
In our first five studies we observed Adam's lack of faith in God's Word, which he worked out in disobedience. As a result he became disassociated and alienated from his Creator. His sinful nature passed on to everyone born from his seed and his first son Cain also rejected God's Word and became a murderer. It went downhill from there as we saw that every imagination of the thoughts of men were continually evil. The earth was corrupt and filled with violence and it thus became necessary for God to destroy everyone except those with Noah in the ark. However, in the midst of that evil time are accounts of God's saving grace, which He provided by the power of His Word to Abel, Enoch and Noah, each of whom received it by faith and in obedience.
An estimated 1646 years passed between the creation of Adam and the flood. This calculation is based on life spans of Adam and the men born after him. By computing the length of their lives, along with the chronology of events that follow in the Old Testament, the creation of Adam is estimated to have occurred in the year 4004 BC and the great flood of Noah in 2348 BC. (See Appendix 50 of the Companion Bible.) During the 1646 years between the creation of Adam and the flood, many hundreds of thousands of people lived. We don't know the total number of people who followed God by faith in His Word. The scriptures name only Abel, Enoch and Noah.
These three men were believers and examples of God's grace during that time. They also were, both individually and corporately, types that foreshadowed The Son of Man, Jesus Christ. The lives of Abel, Enoch and Noah point to the fact that Jesus fulfilled God's Word by His faith therein in worship, in walk and in deliverance from sin. When Jesus began His ministry among men, His father God said from heaven, "this is my beloved son, in whom I am well pleased," (see; 17:5, and .) Without faith it is impossible to please God.
Abel, by offering a sacrifice that was pleasing to God and being murdered for his righteousness was a type of the man Jesus who by faith in God's Word, offered Himself as the only sacrifice for sin acceptable to God. Christ died for our sins.- "The next day John seeth Jesus coming unto him, and saith, Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world." I Peter 3: 18 - "For Christ also hath once suffered for sins, the just for the unjust, that he might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh, but quickened by the Spirit:" As Abel was killed by his brother, Jesus was betrayed by one of His own disciples and turned over to the government by His own brethren for crucifixion.
For us today, Jesus Christ's personal sacrifice has paid for our sins butis the Word of God to us regarding sacrifice - "I beseech you, therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service." And like Abel and Christ we are called upon to suffer for His sake, - "For unto you it is given in the behalf of Christ, not only to believe on Him, but also to suffer for His sake;" and II Timothy 3:12 - "Yea, and all that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution."
Enoch was a type of the man Jesus, who by faith in God's Word, walked with God. In John 10: 30 Jesus is quoted as saying "I and my Father are one," and inHe is quoted as saying He can do nothing of Himself because He sought not His own will but the will of the Father Who sent Him. This means the Man Jesus walked in perfect harmony with God. And, He was caught up into the heavens after His resurrection from the dead.
For us today, we who have faith in God's Word walk by faith not by sight - see. We are to "walk" not after the flesh but after the Spirit and by doing this we do not fulfill the lusts of the flesh but produce the fruits of the Spirit, see and Galations 5:16 - 26. And, like Enoch and our savior Jesus Christ, we look forward to being caught up to heaven to be with our Lord Jesus Christ, see I Corinthians 15:51 - 58 and I Thessalonians 4:13 - 18.
The flood brought judgment and death to all who were not in the ark. Noah, or more specifically, the ark that Noah built, pointed to the Lord Jesus Christ who will judge the world of sin.- "But as the days of Noah were, so shall also the coming of the Son of Man be." See also verses 38 & 39. And, see . But instructs "All that the Father giveth Me shall come to Me; and him that cometh to Me I will in no wise cast Out."
We today who believe in the saving work of Jesus Christ are assured that we are in Him as Noah and his family were in the ark. According towe today who have faith in God's Word are "Buried with Him (Christ) in baptism, wherein also ye (we) are risen with Him through the faith of the operation of God Who hath raised Him from the dead." This baptism does not speak of being dunked into water in a physical ceremony, this is the baptism by the Spirit into Christ's Body as described in I Corinthians 12:13. We, who are in Christ, are delivered from the judgment that will befall this world.
What proof do we have now that Christ died for our sins and that His death, burial and resurrection justifies us before God and this is all we need for a proper and right relationship with God? What evidence presents to us that if we do believe that Christ died for our sins we have assurance of eternal life with Him? We have God's Word. And, we place our faith in His Word., "Now faith is the substance (or title deed) of things hoped for, the evidence (or the proof) of things not seen."