March 29, 2017
God wants us to be saved so much that He gives illustrations all through the Bible about it. I believe one of the grandest pictures of salvation is from the story of Noah’s ark.
Noah’s ark is a picture of the Lord Jesus Christ in this way: The ark is like a great coffin. It doesn’t have a bow; it doesn’t have a stern; it doesn’t have a helm, because it is under the control of Almighty God.
The ark keeps the judgment waters out. God shut Noah, his family, and the animals inside the ark. Genesis 7:16 says, “And they that went in, male and female of all flesh, as God had commanded him: and the LORD shut him in.”
God sealed them in. Nobody could open the door. But there was a window. Noah could open the window and look up. Do you see the parallel?
Ephesians 1:13-14 says, “In Him you also trusted, after you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation; in whom also, having believed, you were sealed with the Holy Spirit of promise, who is the guarantee of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, to the praise of His glory..”
We are in Christ, sealed by the Holy Spirit of God. It is in Jesus that we know God the Father. Is it not true that when we come in to Him, we are closed in to look up? The way that we look into heaven is through Jesus Christ, the Ark of Safety."