A phrase used in 1 Peter has recently held my attention. It indicates that God’s judgment is withheld until the completion of a vessel of salvation.
1 Pet 3:20 Who had formerly disobeyed when the long-suffering of God waited in the days of Noah, while the ark was being prepared; entering into which, a few, that is, eight souls, were brought safely through by water.
Noah confronts us with the preparation of an ark. Noah’s family surely heard why he was building an ark, he being a herald of righteousness. He was the polar opposite of the world: while the earth was being corrupted by violence and wickedness (Gen 6:12) an ark was being prepared to float.
We need to hear, to herald, to build, and to enter the ark today, which is the church. While the ark was being prepared it was simply a building. It was the flood that made it uniquely an ark. The building is daily, continual, and lifelong. The boat is sudden, crisis-driven, and age-turning.
A Canyon Carved – arkandarchitecture.com
How we grow – arkandarchitecture.com
Perspective on the Mission of the Church: Noah – lifeandbuilding.com
Why did Methuselah Live so Long? – lifeandbuilding.com
Community: How the church includes us – simplykatherine.com