The Ark of Salvation
Genesis 7-9:3 | The Ark of Salvation
The story of Noah and the ark is a story that communicates the powerful gospel truth that God is bringing about a new beginning for his people and his creation.
Deliverance, security, and provision are found in Christ, the Ark of God’s Salvation.
"For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him. Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only Son of God. (John 3:16-18 ESV)
My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me. I give them eternal life, and they will never perish, and no one will snatch them out of my hand. (John 10:27-28 ESV)
This is the good news of the gospel. In Christ, just as with Noah in the ark, you are delivered. You are secure. You are cared for. If you have not repented and believed in the Lord Jesus Christ, today you have opportunity to enter into God’s Ark of Salvation. Will you? For in Christ, you will find that God is bringing about a new beginning for you.
Living for the New Beginning God is Bringing about through Christ
- This world is passing away; labor for what will remain in the new world.
While Noah was building the Ark and laboring to get the animals who would be transferred into the new world on the Ark, his contemporaries were living for the world that would pass away. They were devoting themselves to building homes and raising livestock, the study of the arts, and the development of tools and architecture. They were eating, drinking, and marrying and settling into their lives. Noah’s generation lived for the world that was to be destroyed. Like Noah, let’s do the faithful work that will persist in the new world.
- God has not forgotten you. Be encouraged by the olive leaves.
God remembered Noah. He will remember you. The journey is long, but you are not alone. The dove brought back a glimpse of the new world Noah was entering into; likewise, God gives us glimpses of heaven as an encouragement in this life. He gives us his new life of righteousness and peace, his Spirit, his joy, his church as a picture of the heavenly community, his comfort in our grief, his ear to our prayers, his provision for our needs, his beauty in the sunrise, all to point us to the greater reality of joy that is to come. Be encouraged by the glimpses we have in this life of the new beginning that is coming.
Today, we are living in the shadows of the dawn, but one day the sun will rise.
One day, together as the bride of Christ, we will all enter into our inheritance in the new earth.
- Heaven will be physical and a place of rejoicing in God’s good creation.
The new world God provided for Noah was full of physical joys. The new heavens and the new earth God is preparing for those in Christ will likewise be physical. Heaven will not be some disembodied existence in the clouds. Your body will be raised and glorified to enjoy the physical creation full of colors, smells, tastes, discovery, learning, craftsmanship, relationships, hospitality, beauty, wealth, glorious nature, stunning architecture, music, art, stories—our minds can scarcely begin to imagine the glory that is yet to be revealed in the new beginning God has in store for his people!
- Heaven will be a place of perfect righteousness and peace.
Sin will be no more. In Heaven, we will know the full joy of God’s righteousness and our peace with God and others. We will love God perfectly, with our entire being. We will love our neighbor as ourselves, experiencing far deeper friendships and relationships than anything we will know in this world. In Heaven, all will be as it should be.
- Heaven will be filled with worship.
Ultimately, Heaven is about worship. All of the other things about Heaven flow from the restoration of proper worship in the hearts of God’s people. It is in this love for God, which captures the highest affection of our hearts, that we will know true joy.
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