Righteousness Found in Hell
“The the Lord said to Noah, ‘come into the ark, you and all your household, because I have seen that you are righteous before Me in this generation'” (Genesis 7.1 NKJV).
The Bible never said Noah was perfect, but he found grace in God’s eyes because he was righteous in his generation. The Bible says that the wickedness of humans was so great during Noah’s time that God was sorry He ever made them (Gen 6.6). Obviously, Noah grew up in an extremely corrupt and perverse family, culture and generation. Some Christians may have a preconceived notion of righteousness based on the trending culture of Christianity existing today. These Christians incorrectly judge others based on outward appearance and/or conduct that do not fit into their world-view of righteousness. However, like Noah, the circumstances surrounding these people may be extremely corrupt and perverse; and God sees the heart of those who are trying to trudge by faith through the swamps of ungodly experiences, upbringings and legacies. God gives grace to people who are fighting against the darkness they’ve come to know and understand and who are trying to live for God in a Christian world totally foreign to them. Because of the cross, God attributes righteousness in the center of our struggles, and the Holy Spirit transforms us from differing levels of glory into the image of His Son. Jesus reaches down into the individual hells of all His children and pulls them into His love, mercy and grace; and as they cling to Him, they find forgiveness and strength to loosen the strong-holds of sin.
“Because of his grace he declared us righteous and gave us confidence that we will inherit eternal life” (Titus 3.7 NLT).