The Ark: A Picture of Salvation

 

Perhaps the greatest word in the Bible as far as we who are saved are concerned is the word GRACE.  God introduces us to grace with an astoundingly vivid backdrop.  You see the Lord has planned to pour out His wrath against sin two times on earth, first at the Flood and secondly at the Tribulation.  Both are fantastic pictures of His Grace.

WHAT GOD WANTS US TO REMEMBER

The ark is a wonderful picture of our salvation in Christ. 

TRUE SALVATION IS DIVINE [Genesis 6:13-14]: It was planned by God, not invented by man.  John 15:16 "Ye have not chosen me, but I have chosen you, and ordained you, that ye should go and bring forth fruit, and [that] your fruit should remain: that whatsoever ye shall ask of the Father in my name, he may give it you." (KJV)

TRUE SALVATION DEALS WITH SIN [Genesis 6:14]:  The word for "pitch" in 6:14 is the same as the word "atonement" used later in the OT. Matthew 1:21 "And she will bring forth a Son, and you shall call His name JESUS, for He will save His people from their sins." (NKJV)

TRUE SALVATION IS PERSONAL [Genesis 7:1]: The ark was made of wood, speaking of the humanity of Christ: He had to be born as man in order to save us. Philippians 2:7-8 "but made Himself of no reputation, taking the form of a bondservant, [and] coming in the likeness of men. And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself and became obedient to [the point of] death, even the death of the cross." (NKJV)

GOD SAVES BY INVITATION  God invited Noah and his family into the ark (Genesis 7:2). John 6:37 "All that the Father gives Me will come to Me, and the one who comes to Me I will by no means cast out."

TRUE SALVATION IS EXCLUSIVE [Genesis 7:13-15]: There was only one way of salvation; there was only one ark and only one door in the ark. John 14:6 "Jesus said to him, "I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me."  (NKJV)

GOD SAVES ETERNALLY [Genesis 7:16]: and once they were in, God shut them in so that they were secure. Jude 24-25 "Now to Him who is able to keep you from stumbling, And to present [you] faultless Before the presence of His glory with exceeding joy, to God our Savior, Who alone is wise, [Be] glory and majesty, Dominion and power, Both now and forever. Amen." (NKJV)

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