So I was studying the story of Noah and the ark, the Bible said something very interesting. God instructed Noah to build an ark for it was going to rain and everything on earth will be destroyed by the flood. However, anything or persons inside the ark would be saved from being destroyed by the flood. We know that Noah wasn’t the only person who was saved in that ark. Let’s see those who were saved during the flood.
“When everything was ready, the Lord said to Noah, “Go into the boat with all your family, for among all the people of the earth, I can see that you alone are righteous.” – Genesis 7:1 NLTTweet
The Bible says that all the families of Noah were saved and this included his daughters In-law. But, there is something remarkable about this story of Noah. The Bible records that he was the only righteous person! Every other person were regarded as sinners except Noah! But because one man found favour in the sight of God, his entire family was saved.
The families of Noah, including his daughters-in-law, were saved not based on their merit but based on the qualification of one man who found favour in God’s sight and was declared righteous. These people enjoyed the benefits of a righteous man just like that! There are people today who are beneficiaries of what others achieved and not necessarily because they were worth it, not because they worked for it. They were just connected to someone who was considered fit!
More importantly, the families of Noah wouldn’t have been saved in the flood if they never believed. How would it have sounded to them when Noah told them that the entire creatures on earth would be destroyed except those who enter the ark? To those given to the wisdom of this world, it might have sounded foolish. They entered the ark because they believed that they can’t survive outside that ark!
This is just a picture of who we are in Christ Jesus. We always hear the song “amazing grace” but many pay less attention to it. It is more than a song, it is good news! Jesus is our ark of salvation and anyone who enters is safe! What is your qualification? Being a member of Noah’s family qualified his entire family to be saved from the flood! Had Noah adopted children, they too would be qualified to enter the ark and be saved as long as they agreed to enter. God desired to save Noah’s entire household but if anyone had not believed, they would perish like others. Our qualification is that we have been adopted to God, we have become family with God and therefore we aren’t marked for destruction anymore. The Bible says
“God decided in advance to adopt us into his own family by bringing us to himself through Jesus Christ. This is what he wanted to do, and it gave him great pleasure.” – Ephesians 1:5 NLTTweet
Do you see that? We have been adopted into the family of God and this happened through Jesus who paid the price on the cross. God didn’t struggle to do it, God wasn’t crying while doing it and He wasn’t having mixed feelings! It gave Him great pleasure that He was saving us through Jesus. We may not worth it when our works are weighed but we didn’t have to do anything to be saved, we didn’t have to get everything perfect! Just because we have been located in Christ, we are saved. Our salvation is appropriated by believing in Jesus and that He did everything to be done for us. Concerning Noah, the Bible says
“It was by faith that Noah built a large boat to save his family from the flood. He obeyed God, who warned him about things that had never happened before. By his faith, Noah condemned the rest of the world, and he received the righteousness that comes by faith.” – Hebrews 11:7 NLTTweet
Noah wasn’t truly a perfect man, he wasn’t righteous if considered by actions! The rest of the world weren’t also condemned just based on their actions. If Noah was considered righteous by faith and not actions, it means the others were considered unrighteous because of lack of faith in God which went further to produce results of evil works! The righteousness of Noah was that which comes by faith and He was able to have his family saved too. How about us? The Bible says
“But now God has shown us a way to be made right with him without keeping the requirements of the law, as was promised in the writings of Moses and the prophets long ago. We are made right with God by placing our faith in Jesus Christ. And this is true for everyone who believes, no matter who we are.” – Romans 3:21-22 NLTTweet
We are made right and qualified for salvation based on Christ’s faithfulness and by believing and trusting the finished works of Christ. What are these finished works? Those things we were supposed to do, those divine standards we were supposed to adhere to, Jesus fulfilled them and set us free from the effects and power of sin which would have been our portion. Instead of perishing, we can now live beyond this natural realm into eternity. The Bible says
“For this is how God loved the world: He gave his one and only Son so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life. God sent his Son into the world not to judge the world, but to save the world through him. “There is no judgment against anyone who believes in him. But anyone who does not believe in him has already been judged for not believing in God’s one and only Son.” – John 3:16-18 NLTTweet
Christ has become for us what the ark was for Noah and his family. First, we needed to do nothing but just believe. If any of his family members doubted him and didn’t enter the ark, he or she wouldn’t have been saved from the flood. There is something else about that story that gets me excited. When Noah, his family and the animals had all entered the ark, the Bible says that God shut the door by Himself (Genesis 7:16). They didn’t have to secure themselves, they didn’t have to be security conscious towards their salvation because they were never going to lose it in the first place. If Noah had to protect their salvation, then they would have employed a gatekeeper, their salvation would have been under probability.
Guess what? God was in charge of the security and as long as the flood continued, they were safe in the ark! Christ is our ark and He said
“Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest.” – Matthew 11:28 NLTTweet
We find rest and peace in Jesus! All we had to do was to come and that’s all anyone have to do. Noah’s family didn’t have to do anything than enter the ark but they were all saved because they were connected to Noah and they believed! We are connected to God, we have been adopted into sonship and Christ has fulfilled all the demands of the law required of anyone, He has bridged the gap between Jews and Gentiles. It is in the victory of Jesus that we are victorious, it is in His good works that God considers us qualified! You have been saved and you are eternally secured in the salvation that God gives. Just as He had to shut the door of the ark Himself, God is our security. Jesus said
“My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me. I give them eternal life, and they will never perish. No one can snatch them away from me, for my Father has given them to me, and he is more powerful than anyone else. No one can snatch them from the Father’s hand. The Father and I are one.” – John 10:27-30 NLTTweet
Because we have believed the gospel, we are following Jesus. Remember, followership isn’t a one-time thing, it is a continuous activity. As we keep receiving God’s word and do them, we are following Jesus. Jesus said He gives eternal life to anyone who believes and they will never perish. Jesus isn’t suggesting that there is a high tendency of not perishing! It is out of consideration for the believer. Nothing is truer than the word “… Will never perish!” Jesus also said it is God who protects our salvation! Yes, we came to Jesus because we can’t do it ourselves, so what’s the sense in trying to do anything just to maintain our salvation?
Just like the door of the ark which God shut Himself, God is saying to us “don’t worry, you can’t leave… Nothing can snatch you away from me.” All you have to do is “come in” and it is sealed. The Bible says
“And you also became God’s people when you heard the true message, the Good News that brought you salvation. You believed in Christ, and God put his stamp of ownership on you by giving you the Holy Spirit he had promised. The Spirit is the guarantee that we shall receive what God has promised his people, and this assures us that God will give complete freedom to those who are his. Let us praise his glory!” – Ephesians 1:13-14 GNBTweet
By believing that Jesus paid the ultimate price for our sins, we have admitted our sinful nature, we have admitted we need help and we have given our old self away to Jesus. This way, God puts a stamp of ownership on us. Do you see that? The Holy Spirit is the Spirit of Jesus and by giving us this Spirit, God has guaranteed that we are His own and everything due to Jesus is due to us. If Jesus can’t perish, the believer can’t perish. If Jesus defeated death, then in Him we defeated death.
We are shut up in Jesus forever, we have been sealed and therefore we should be thankful at all times with praises never-ending on our lips concerning the wonderful love and works of God. We have been united with God through Jesus. He authored our salvation and never asked us to finish it. You can’t end the story you never started, you can only predict the end and you may be wrong! Jesus started it, He will finish it! He didn’t hide anything from us, He said we will never perish and therefore rapture isn’t a threat to us. If you had to be in Christ and then walk away, you were never in Christ. You simply stayed around Church people, got used to their language and lifestyle but you never belonged there in the first place. The Bible says
“These people left our churches, but they never really belonged with us; otherwise they would have stayed with us. When they left, it proved that they did not belong with us.” – 1 John 2:19 NLTTweet
Feeling saved isn’t the same as being saved, believing and acknowledging there was a man, maybe a great prophet whose name was Jesus doesn’t save anyone. The Bible says that even the demons believe that Jesus came, they believe that there is God! But that is not enough, what we are to believe is that we are miserable sinners, people who stand condemned and alienated from God but that God came in the form of man (John 1:1), Jesus, and paid the ultimate price for our sins, carrying all our sins on His human body to the cross, defeating sin and death in the grave and resurrected so that we can reign with Him. The Bible says therefore
“And as we live in God, our love grows more perfect. So we will not be afraid on the day of judgment, but we can face him with confidence because we live like Jesus here in this world.” – 1 John 4:17 NLTTweet
We live in God through Christ who is our Ark of salvation! Like I said earlier, followership is constant and as we live in Him, our love grows more perfect, we become more aligned to the good things the Holy Spirit is doing inside of us. Because we know we are secured in Christ, we are not afraid of the judgement day as we can face Jesus when we see Him face to face. We are just like Him in this world by the virtue of adoption!
What more should I say? Just like the ark, we have been sealed from the day we believed and as we live in Him, we live more like Him in the flesh. This way, people will see us and say “they are different!”. Jesus said
“In the same way, let your good deeds shine out for all to see so that everyone will praise your heavenly Father.” – Matthew 5:16 NLTTweet
And the Bible says further
“Dear friends, you always followed my instructions when I was with you. And now that I am away, it is even more important. Work hard to show the results of your salvation, obeying God with deep reverence and fear. God is working in you, giving you the desire and the power to do what pleases him.” – Philippians 2:12-13 NLTTweet
We aren’t doing good deeds to be saved or to maintain our salvation, we are showing the results of our salvation, knowing that God is working in us and giving us the ability and desire to do what is right. It is not easy to the flesh but we always subject the flesh to the leading of the Spirit using the word of God.