Salvation: The Ark of God! (Biblical Perspectives)
Hebrews 11:7, NKJV
"By faith Noah, being divinely warned of things not yet seen, moved with godly fear, prepared an ark for the saving of his household, by which he condemned the world and became heir of the righteousness which is according to faith."
1 Peter 3:20, NKJV
"who formerly were disobedient, when once the Divine longsuffering waited in the days of Noah, while the ark was being prepared, in which a few, that is, eight souls, were saved through water. "
"When the people heard this, they were cut to the heart and said to Peter and the other apostles, “Brothers, what shall we do?” Peter replied, “Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. And you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. The promise is for you and your children and for all who are far off—for all whom the Lord our God will call. "
Salvation is a special work that God has reserved for himself alone. Other aspects of Christian life have been delegated- soul-winning, witnessing, sharing the gospel, alms-giving. Although God is the power behind everything and he requires us to be his representatives on earth- his hands, feet and mouthpiece; salvation cannot be delegated- it is too special and too important to be placed in the hands of mortals. Why is that? In Isaiah 43:11 God tells us that he is our only Saviour:
"I, even I, am the LORD, and apart from me there is no saviour. I have revealed and saved and proclaimed. I, and not some foreign god among you. You are my witnesses,” declares the LORD, “that I am God. Yes, and from ancient days I am he. No one can deliver out of my hand. When I act, who can reverse it?"
We need not question any further; God the Father, Son and Holy Spirit work in partnership to execute the mystery of salvation. We are sinful and we need saving. Ever since the fall in Eden, God has provided humanity with a way to be reconciled to him. After all, it is us who have strayed, so it is only God who can rescue us and return us to our rightful place- in the garden, in fellowship with him.
The opening scripture depicts salvation as the ark: with God as the master designer and Noah, the only human being on the planet at the time who was willing to agree with him that humanity needed rescuing. In the story of Noah we find all the essential requirements of salvation: God, a believer, faith and a vehicle that brings all these elements together- namely the ark. Notice that salvation is not one-sided- it requires someone who saves and something that requires saving.
It is a collaboration between the Almighty, infinite God and feeble, finite man leading to an inheritance of “righteousness”. Although God did most of the work, Noah had to be “willing” to play his part- and so it is today. Salvation or grace working through faith is that work which restores man to his former glory of walking with God.
Whilst the story of the ark describes the “what”, the scripture in Acts elaborates further and provides the “how” of salvation. The Old Testament is replete with examples of God offering salvation to the Jewish Nation as the chosen race to reveal his character to the world and their failure to accept his assignment. The New Testament reveals God having to take matters into his own hands- through the person of Christ.
Peter succinctly tells us in Acts 2:38-39 all of the steps required for salvation- we know this formula works because we are told later on in verse 41, that three thousand people were converted. Peter describes the conditions for salvation as follows: God’s call to repentance and the sinner’s acceptance, baptism and acknowledgement of Jesus Christ as Saviour through the work of the Holy Spirit.
Salvation is a divine mystery that God has revealed through his Son and our Saviour- Jesus Christ the Messiah. Although it is mysterious- it is free and easy to obtain- all that is required is faith and willingness. Although God has made salvation simple, we as human beings have complicated the experience by desiring to have our own way.
If we truly want to be saved, let us learn lessons from Noah’s Ark and join the ranks of those who believe and repent. Just as Christ is the Way, the Truth and the Life, salvation is the key, the door and the route that restores true fellowship with God and along with it- access to paradise.
Collection of Biblical Perspectives
The Lifesaving Good News The gospel, otherwise known as the "good news", is described by Paul in Romans 1:16 as the "power of God unto salvation to all who believes"...more
Happiness; a much-sought after state of mind is, according to the bible, what all Christians need to be striving for...more
Nothing of Himself It’s interesting in the scriptures above that an important aspect of Christ’s mission was to reveal the character of God...more
Peace When placed in context of the scriptural passage, we find Jesus describing his mission on earth as God's spiritual peace envoy...more
My Faith Faith is intangible and invisible and yet it is an essential element in the Christian walk...more
Salvation: The Ark of God! We need not question any further; God the Father, Son and Holy Spirit work in partnership to execute the mystery of salvation...more
The Anatomy of Repentance Paradoxically, when we are engaged in it, it is "sin" that feels like height and "repentance" that seems like depths...more
The Purpose of Joy Joy therefore is the natural response to the transformation brought about by divine intervention...more
Be Still And Know God Stillness is a state of mind- not moving or making a sound (adjective) deep silence and calm...more
Finding Our Purpose If we are made in the image and likeness of God, he expects us to have his character as well...more
Suffering to Learn from What is clear however is that God has designed suffering for us to learn from, praise Him for and gain righteousness in...more
Forgiveness God is the king who mercifully forgave the debt of ten thousand talents which was owed to him by one of his servants...more
Prayer In the parable prayer is characterised as an impossible activity: an exchange between the lowest of the low in society with the most inaccessible authority of the land...more
Weariness We need not succumb to fear when we have God on our side. If we exchange human fear with "fear of the Lord" we have wisdom...more
Have Faith in God! It is interesting that prayer is the essential component in developing faith in God...more
Thanksgiving He was a model intercessor whose primary motivation was God's glory (see Nehemiah 1:4-11)...more