THE PERSEVERANCE OF NOAH
Out of all the Old Testament saints, one of my favorites is Noah. That’s because he exemplifies what perseverance of a saint looks like. According to Bible teacher Warren Wiersbe, a man who perseveres may not see the fruit of his labor in his day. He said, “Ours is a ministry of faith, and we don’t always see the results. The harvest is not the end of the meetings or of the church year. The harvest is the end of the age, and the Lord of the harvest will see to it that His good and faithful servants will get their just rewards.” Here in North America, where many professing Christians choose whatever is convenient and whatever is the easy way out, we need to learn what it means to persevere and what it means to be steadfast. Hence, consider the perseverance of Noah.
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Ulrich (Huldrych) Zwingli (1484-1531) is one of the primary fathers of the Protestant Reformation, along with Martin Luther and John Calvin. Born in German-speaking Switzerland. He was ordained as a priest in the Roman Catholic Chuch in 1506. Between 1512 and 1516, he served as chaplain for the papal mercenary service. In his last year of service at Glarus in 1516, he came to a Reformed understanding of Scripture. In 1519 at Grossmunster in Zurich, he began systematically preaching through the New Testament, during which time his support of Luther and the doctrines of Reformation became more evident. He was outspoken of the Roman Catholic practices and doctrines of monasticism, purgatory, worship of Mary and indulgences.
In 1529 he helped the publication of the Zuricher Bible (1529), one of the earliest translations into the German vernacular. Although the Reformation grew, he differed with Luther in regards to the Lord’s Table. Contrary to Luther’s consubstantiation, Zwingli held to memorialism. In October 1531, he was killed by the Catholic armies at the Battle of Kappel.
He is known for launching the Protestant Reformation in Germany. His “tower experience” convinced him that the essence of the gospel is that justification comes only by the gift of God’s grace appropriated by faith (sola gratia; sola fide). According to Luther, God declares the sinner righteous through Jesus’ death rather than through human merit or works. Faith entails trust in and acceptance of God’s gift of salvation through the “merits” of Christ (from Pocket Dictionary of the Theological Terms).
To learn more about him, you can read “Martin Luther and Why He Matters.”