On our way back today from our first Prophecy Road Show in Delphi, Indiana, we took a 3 hour ‘out-of-the-way’ diversion to visit The Ark Encounter, http://www.arkencounter.com Aside from some misquoted Bible verses, it was a great experience! It really puts in to perspective the phenomenal, or rather impossible, task given to Noah and his 3 sons. Viewing it from the outside, then walking all three floors on the inside, I was totally struck with the enormity, design, engineering, and assembly of this ‘plan of salvation’.
After we arrived home late this evening, I thought of the hundreds of architects, engineers, designers, carpenters, laborers, woodsmen, crane operators, bulldozers, trucks, etc, required to build this massive model of the original. Then, I thought of the original. Designed, cut, hauled and built by Noah and his 3 sons. But with one significant difference. It was built with God’s help, and could not have been done any other way. It was God’s plan of salvation, presented by 4 men.
Some 3,000 years later, four different men presented to the world God’s plan of salvation. They were Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John. Christ was the ark, the work of God to save all who believe. Just as Noah and all his family were preserved from God’s condemnation of the world by being in the Ark, so all who put their trust in Christ, being “in Christ” are free from condemnation, Romans 8:1 “There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.” And, just as 8 people stepped off the ark into a new world, so all of those who are in Christ are a “new creature”, 2 Corinthians 5:17 “Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.”