The Ark of Safety: It is Christ!
Are you absolutely sure that you are headed to Heaven when you die?
If you believe that you are Heaven bound, have you checked to make sure that your faith is genuine saving faith? The best way to be absolutely sure is to line up what you believe with God's Word. Noah's ark is a beautiful picture of the secure salvation we can have by faith in Jesus.
Is it presumptuous to think that you can know for certain that you are saved securely forever? I think not. The reason for such a conviction is rooted solidly in God's Word. One of the clearest places is in I Peter 3, where we open in God's Word today.
Peter reminds us that those in Noah's Ark and everyone else on Earth went through the Flood, which pictured God's wrath against sin. But only those sheltered in the Ark survived the Flood of God's wrath.
Peter tells us that in 2 Peter 3:9"God was not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance." God's nature does not change. His will in Peter's time was the same as in Noah's time. Those who perished in the flood were only those who rejected God's way of salvation. The only people who will awaken one day in Hell are those who rejected God's offer of salvation in Christ.
Noah and his family went into the Ark, which pictured that salvation is only in Christ.
The ark was big enough to hold all who wanted to be saved, but amazingly only eight people wanted to be saved. Everyone alive in Noah's day went through the Flood, which pictured God's wrath against sin. But only those sheltered in the Ark survived God's wrath.
Peter tells us that God used Noah's Ark to illustrate salvation; and that picture, tucked away in the Old Testament, loudly declares the security of being in Christ. But salvation only comes to those who are really:
In Christ Alone
Noah and his family went into the Ark, as a beautiful picture of salvation that is only in Christ. As Natalie Grant wrote in the moving stanzas of the chorus "In Christ Alone":
No guilt in life, no fear in death,
This is the power of Christ in me;
From life's first cry to final breath.
Jesus commands my destiny.
No power of hell, no scheme of man,
Can ever pluck me from His hand;
Till He returns or calls me home,
Here in the power of Christ I'll stand.
It's Christ that we are in and He is the ark. The water of Baptism just portrays the fact that we have identified with His death, His burial and His resurrection. It was the ark that saved Noah from judgment like Christ saves us.
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