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An Enduring Agreement

An Enduring Agreement

In life, agreements are decisions made by two or more parties, a point of convergence where harmony is reached. One of the most well-known and significant is the one that occurred in biblical times between God and Noah.

When humanity had fallen into corruption, God proposed a momentous agreement to Noah. In a paraphrase of the story, He said, "I am going to destroy humankind, but there is a way to be saved. If you agree with me and follow my instructions, you and your family will be saved."

Noah, faced with this divine proposal, believed and obeyed every detail. He built an enormous ark, even though there was no nearby ocean to place it. He endured the ridicule of the people, remaining faithful to the Lord's instructions, even as he loaded the animals onto the ark.

"Then Noah did everything just as God had commanded him." (Genesis 6:22 NTV)

Although much time passed until God's prophecy was fulfilled, Noah kept his commitment. God had warned him of a flood that would cover the entire earth, but also assured him that He would confirm His covenant with him.

"God confirmed His covenant with Noah, his family, and the animals on the ark." (Genesis 9:8-10 NTV)

The story of the universal flood is widely known: only Noah's family and the animals that entered the ark survived. God fulfilled His part of the agreement, demonstrating His faithfulness.

Today, our salvation is not found in an ark, but in Jesus Christ. God is faithful to His agreements, which endure to this day.

If you wonder what you must do to be saved, the answer is simple, as given by Paul and Silas to the jailer: "Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved—you and your household." (Acts 16:30-31 NTV)

Written by Celia Guevara de Preza, based on the sermon of April 13, 2024

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