But Noah found favor in the eyes of the LORD. (Genesis 6:8)It is important to recognize that Noah did not earn God's favor. No man has ever earned God's favor. No man has ever paid the penalty of his sin. No man has ever blotted out his sin with his own righteousness.
Without Jesus Christ, no man can commune with God. Without Jesus Christ, all men would be lost. Without Jesus Christ, the penalty for sin is left unpaid. Any righteousness which is stained by only the slightest blemish falls infinitely short of Christ's perfection.
Noah did not earn God's favor by his own works. Abraham didn't, David didn't, the Apostle Paul didn't, and neither did Noah. The book of Hebrews contains a lengthy list of well known people from the Old Testament who were saved by faith. In this list, Noah is specifically mentioned:
By 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. (Hebrews 11:7)It was by faith that Noah was saved. His works demonstrated that He was a redeemed servant of God, but his works did not save him.
Shortly before the flood, men had ceased to live by faith, but instead lived for the sinful and temporal things which they could see. Imagine Noah's isolation at this time in history.... He was one of the only men on the face of the earth who loved God. People often complain in this age of the temptations that are around every corner— that the continuing corruption of society sometimes seems to make living a godly life impossible— but imagine Noah's situation!
Noah: Blameless In His Time - Genesis 6:9-10
The Gospel (1 of ∞)
Noah's Name: Its Meaning and Significance - Genesis 5:29
The Total Wickedness of the Pre-Flood World - Genesis 6:5
Righteous Men of the Pre-Flood World - Genesis 4:26