Noah’s Ark and Salvation

Noah’s Ark (1846), by the American folk painter Edward Hicks.

The LORD said to Noah, Come into the ark, you and all your household. … and the LORD shut him in.

Genesis 7:1.16.

There are Christians who have confessed the guilt of their life sincerely and believe in Jesus Christ; yet regarding their salvation they still feel uneasy. They fear becoming unfaithful to God and possibly losing their salvation.

With the example of Noah and the ark, God illustrates the absolute assurance that every one who is redeemed can have as to this matter. Just as He ordered Noah to enter the ark, so He commands us to come to the Lord Jesus and put our trust in Him. As soon as Noah and his family were in the ark, God Himself shut the door behind them. All who were in the ark were then secure.

Who could open what God had closed? “If God is for us, who can be against us?” (Romans 8:31). The might of neither angels, human beings or the devil could force the door open and let the water rush in. It had been shut by the very hand that unleashed the flood. Scripture says of Christ: “He who has the key of David; he who opens and no-one shuts, and shuts and no-one opens” (Revelation 3:7). He possesses all power “in heaven and in earth” (Matthew 28:20).

So who could touch those who have taken refuge in Him by faith? The Lord Jesus Christ’s death is the unshakeable foundation of our salvation, and His resurrection proves that God is fully satisfied. He can therefore grant us salvation that is unconditional and eternally secure. It cannot be lost and has no need of testing or purification to make it more so.

Image: By Edward Hicks, American, 1780 – 1849 (1780 – 1849) – Artist/Maker (American)Born in Langhorne, Pennsylvania, United States. Died in Newtown, Pennsylvania, United States.Details of artist on Google Art Project – aQFz9qNv8QS26Q at Google Cultural Institute maximum zoom level, Public Domain,