By faith Noah… became an heir of the righteousness that comes by faith. Hebrews 11:7
An heir is someone who inherits. An heir receives something earned by another. It is freely given and freely received.
We are told that by faith (that is, by believing what God has revealed, and trusting what God has promised), Noah became an heir of the righteousness that comes by faith.
By faith, Abel was commended as righteous (11:4). By faith, Enoch was commended as having pleased God (11:5). By faith, Noah became an heir of the righteousness that comes by faith (11:7).
How does faith make you an heir? Hebrews tells us that Jesus is the heir of all things: “In these last days he has spoken to us by his Son, whom he appointed the heir of all things” (Heb. 1:2).
The reason we become heirs is that Jesus is the heir, and faith joins us to Jesus.
The reason we are righteous is that Jesus is righteous, and faith joins us to Jesus.
The reason we are saved is that Jesus saves, and faith joins us to Jesus.
Faith joins us to Jesus and all who, by faith, are in Him will be carried through the judgment of God and brought safely into a new and perfect world.
Rest in all that Christ has accomplished. Receive all that God has promised. In this way, as one who knows that you are accepted, loved, forgiven, and safe forever in Jesus Christ, you will live always in the fear of the Lord.