The notion that God is not merely love is a severe obstruction when it comes to exercising our freedom as safe children who have been adopted into His Kingdom. There might be a vestige of doubt about God’s intentions and who He is still lingering in our minds which prevents us from wholly acting out of the union reality.
One of the stories in the Bible which I have found most difficult to reconcile with a loving God is when God let it rain for forty days and nights and the entire population of the earth was obliterated except for a handful of men and women. How can a God who is love set in motion an event with such disastrous results for exactly those Jesus came to save? Is God double-minded? Or is it I who is double-minded?
Jesus taught the two men on the Emmaus road that the entire scripture, that is, the Old Testament, is filled with shadows prefiguring a time when the prophetic word would be fulfilled in Him. In this light we can boldly investigate the flood anticipating to find Jesus emerging out of the shadows and hence prove that God is who He claims to be.
Shut in the ark Noah and his family were safe from the waters covering the earth. The ark is a beautiful type of Jesus who we enter by faith. In like manner as Noah was ridiculed by his contemporaries we expect to be and are ridiculed by the world when we enter into Christ. Noah built the Ark by faith, and he entered the Ark by faith, and we enter by faith. Everything is a sovereign work of God who is the One Who shut the door after Noah had entered the Ark. The magnificent beauty of God shutting the door reverberates through the ages declaring His perfect will and is our guarantee that inside Christ we are safe.
The meaning of the waters covering the earth is at least threefold:
The rain didn’t cease falling before every mountain top was covered by water. In a process of increasingly aligning our consciousnesses with the truth of who we are we come to recognize that our mountains of self effort have to be covered by the fact that we are God’s ambassadors on this planet manifesting Him in this temporal realm. Christ lives in us now and we are expressions of His life, His character, His love and His works. Without me you can do nothing, Jesus insisted.
There will come a day when every knee will have to bow before Christ acknowledging Him as the great all in all who sustains everything by His word. The knowledge of the Lord will cover the entire earth like the waters covered the earth. The dawning of the mystery, Christ in us, connotes our cessation of pleasing God by our efforts and that we bow before Christ in us in delightful surrender due to the joy He releases in our insides when we recognize His presence.
The author of the epistle to the Hebrews wrote: “For the law having a shadow of good things to come, and not the very image of the things, can never with those sacrifices which they offered year by year continually make the comers thereunto perfect. For then would they not have ceased to be offered? Because that the worshippers once purged should have had no more conscience of sins.” Hebr (10:1-2)
The waters purged the earth from sin! This is about you! Your sins are by one offering forever blotted out! Those men and women who were exterminated are a type of your sins forever wiped-out. Your sins saw complete destruction when the waters covered them. They do no longer exist! Those worshippers once purged should have no more conscience of sins! You are made perfect in Christ! Forget emotions, forget appearances, forget accusations, forget former thought-patterns and practice a consciousness of perfection where there is no room for a consciousness of sin!
The waters covering everything also denotes the death of the old man! It is completely gone. Vanished to never rise again! In this light we behold the demise of the two-nature doctrine. It is void and holds no substance whatsoever, and we declare it obsolete. Out of the ashes the new creature has risen and is firmly secured in Christ filled with the eternal Spirit of God.
When perfection is achieved through Jesus the record states: “And the LORD smelled a sweet savour; and the LORD said in his heart, I will not again curse the ground any more for man’s sake; for the imagination of man’s heart is evil from his youth; neither will I again smite any more every thing living, as I have done.” (Gen 8:21)
It is finished! It is done! Through Jesus’ once and for all sacrifice there is no more sacrifice for sin. God will never again in eternity have to repeat what He accomplished through the crucifixion of His son. Thus, “…neither will I again…” More than that; the curse is annulled and made void when we live by faith and not works. Paul boldly exclaimed to the Galatians: “Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law!” (Gal 3:13)
“And the LORD said unto Noah, Come thou and all thy house into the ark; for thee have I seen righteous before me in this generation.” (Gen 7:1) Every man is invited to enter the ark! Paul observed: “And all things are of God, who hath reconciled us to himself by Jesus Christ, and hath given to us the ministry of reconciliation.” (2 Cor 5:18).
This is our message to the world!