Sunday, September 8, 2013

Christ, the Flood and Noah's Ark

God looked at the world and saw that it was evil,
for the people were all living evil lives
” (Genesis 6:12,

Generations passed by from the time of Eden. Human wickedness grew and intensified. God saw that human beings had corrupted the world, and that most people spent their time thinking up evil schemes. In His righteous wrath, God said regretfully, “I have decided to put an end to the whole human race. I will destroy them completely, because the world is full of their violent deeds” (6:13). [I can hear God is weeping when I read this]. If God the Creator who creates everything to display His glory said something like this – think of how corrupted and evil human beings were during that time?

Faced with all this sin, what did God do? He punished and He provided. Because God is just, He destroyed all corruption. But because God is merciful, He offered a way out, a new promise and a new start, to those whom He chose.

God selected Noah because “Noah had no faults and was the only good man of his time. He lived in fellowship with God” (6:10) and – like the pair in Eden – Noah had to decide whether or not to accept what God was offering. Noah had the option of not believing God and taking the chance that the threat of punishment was only a joke or – believe God’s word and acted on it. Either one, God will act!

Noah chooses faith. He hears God’s warnings. He obeyed God (see Hebrews 11:7). He believed God. “Noah did everything that God commanded” (Genesis 6:22, GNB). He convinced his family, built the ark, rounded up the animals and went aboard. The flood came. Everything expect the believing chosen few was punished with destruction; and Noah’s family floated on the waters, for months, waiting for God to provide new life. [For the rest of the story, read the Book of Genesis chapters 7 to 10].

Sin. Punishment. Flood. Ark. Saved. Promise. New life. Where is Christ in this story? Noah’s ark is a beautiful type of Christ as the Ark of our salvation. ‘The world’ that Noah had known was gone, perished, being flooded with water. The Flood is a type-of-what-is-to-come of God’s wrath. Without Christ, we are lost, and “will remain under God’s punishment” (John 3:36). Only in Him we are safe from the Flood of Judgment, for the Bible tells us “there is no condemnation now for those who live in union with Christ Jesus” (Romans 8:1, GNB). Salvation is for those who went into the Ark – Jesus Christ – by repentance from our sin and by faith in Him.  

Charles H. Spurgeon writes, “[Christ] is the ark of God provided against the Day of Judgment. We by faith believe him to be capable of saving us; we come and trust him, we risk our souls with him, believing that there is no risk; we venture on him confident that it is no venture; giving up every other hope or shadow of a hope, we trust in what Jesus did, is doing, and is in himself, and thus he becomes to us our ark, and we are in him

In Christ, our punishment is justified
In Christ, we are saved in the Ark of Salvation from the Flood of God’s wrath
In Christ, He promise Eternal life and fellowship with God (as Noah did)
In Christ we place our faith. In Christ we have New Life.
This is the ultimate display of God’s righteousness – love, justice and mercy.
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  1. According to Romans 8:1, We see the word "therefore," which connects us to what Paul said right before this sentence. Let us look at what the "therefore" refers to...

    Romans 7:24-25

    24- What a wretched man I am! Who will rescue me from this body that is subject to death?
    25- Thanks be to God, who delivers me through Jesus Christ our Lord! So then, I myself in my mind am a slave to God's law, but in my sinful nature a slave to the law of sin.

    --->>> Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus,(Romans 8:1)

    Thus we know that believers are not condemned; they are declared righteous based on the righteousness of Christ.

    1. So, what is your point? Are you against me or for me? Are you merely give comment or something deeper you want to share with the other readers? Why and what exactly you want to communicate here sir ma'am?

      I don't get it :)

  2. Btw, thank you for your time, thoughts and concern in this matter. I appriciate it and I wish to learn more from you if your chief motive is for me to grow deeper into the things of God of the Bible. Here is my e-mail: :)

    But if your comment is for the sake of argument, then, please understand that - I'm not interested.


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