From One Ark To Many: How God Is Preserving His People And Purging His Enemies

Contrary to popular opinions currently dominating American evangelicalism (and thereby leading the rest of American culture down the drain), it isn’t God’s people who are destined to be swept off the face of His earth.

It isn’t the people of God who ultimately lose out here in “the real world”.

It isn’t supernaturally saved, Spirit-filled New Creatures in Christ who will be purged completely from the scene here on terra firma.

Oh no.

Not by a long shot.

To the contrary, it is the enemies of God who are destined for that end. (See, for example: Psalm 2, Psalm 110, Matthew 22:24; Hebrews 10:13.)

It’s proud, unrepentant rebels against the all-encompassing authority of King Jesus who will be purged and wiped from the face of His earth.

God’s people ultimately inherit His earth according to His promises and the work that He has chosen to see through to completion in His creations of time and space by way of His Gospel-fueled Great Commission (see: Matthew 28:18-20).

All things really are being reconciled to God by the power of the cross – and “all things” in this context really does mean all things.

Check it out:

“He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation. For by him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things were created through him and for him. And he is before all things, and in him all things hold together. And he is the head of the body, the church. He is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, that in everything he might be preeminent. For in him all the fullness of God was pleased to dwell, and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether on earth or in heaven, making peace by the blood of his cross.”

~ Colossians 1:15-20 (emphasis added)

His will actually is going to be done on earth as it is in heaven (Matthew 6:10). More and more so as His Gospel-fueled Great Commission advances.

So yeah, law is His and He’s even now in the process of reconciling it to Himself by His grace through His Spirit-filled people in accordance with His Gospel-fueled Great Commission.

Economics is His and He’s in the process of reconciling it to Himself by His grace through His Spirit-filled people in accordance with His Gospel-fueled Great Commission.

Art is His and He’s in the process of reconciling it to Himself by His grace through His Spirit-filled people in accordance with His Gospel-fueled Great Commission.

Same goes for technology, music, language, politics, and everything else.

It’s all His property.

And He’s taking it back from those who would dare to use it  – any of it – in a manner inconsistent with His Nature.

That’s what’s going on here.

That’s how He rolls.

Nothing and nobody can stop Him…though many like to pose and pretend otherwise for various reasons, including the vast majority of professing Christians in America. (Which is, again, a major reason why the American culture is where it is now.)

Many deny the inevitable victory of Christ in His creations of time and space as a means of escape from the hard work of the Great Commission and the challenge of faithfully proclaiming and applying an everything-touching Gospel and an everything-owning Lord.

They like their Jesus limited – very limited – in scope.

They like their gospel small and man-centered.

Some dream of raptures to whisk them away.

Others insist that the Gospel is just “a spiritual thing” and that there’s nothing we can do here and now to actually improve things over time…despite roughly 2,000 years of evidence to the contrary.

We’ll get more into that evidence in future posts, but for now let’s think about one of the oft-cited reference points for both rapture-obsessed dispensationalists and other professing Christians who promote the idea that there’s just no way that the Gospel (or anything else) is actually going to make things better over time here on earth.

Put another way, the one thing that most professing Christians in America seem to believe most  about the Great Commission is that it can’t be done. (For more on this painful but important truth, please read What do American Christians believe most about the Great Commission? That it can’t be done.)

How pathetic is that?

Very.

And what are the cultural consequences of this fundamental perversion of Christ’s Gospel and abandonment of His Great Commission?

Just look around, my fellow American.

Look at the smoldering, pride-fueled, suicidally unrepentant culture around you.

That culture, and the much worse that’s right around the corner, is a product of the phony, cowardly little American gospel.

Our culture is a product of that phony gospel’s pre-emptive surrender.

It’s a product of that phony gospel’s shallow man-centeredness.

It’s a product of that phony gospel’s criminal smallness.

For a properly inspiring and supernaturally cool perspective in response to this gag-inducing American (per)version of the Christian worldview, check out this matchlessly beautiful and awe-inspiringly clear passage:

“He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation. For by him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things were created through him and for him. And he is before all things, and in him all things hold together. And he is the head of the body, the church. He is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, that in everything he might be preeminent. For in him all the fullness of God was pleased to dwell, and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether on earth or in heaven, making peace by the blood of his cross.”

~ Colossians 1:15-20 (emphasis added)

How’s that for contrast?

One Gospel is out to take everything for Christ.

The other one is out to…um…not. (See: The Little gospel That Can’t.)

Yet in the face of America’s ongoing mass multi-generational abandonment of the everything-defining Gospel of Jesus Christ, He is even now moving among His remnant to prepare the way for the next inevitable steps and leaps forward.

Just as “in the days of Noah”, this world is filled with all manner of economic, artistic, industrial and cultural activity – often pursued by those who firmly believe themselves to be right with God. And just as it was in the days of Noah, this world  – including this land now called America – will one day soon be purged of unbelievers.

In the meantime, the King will use His enemies along with the rest of His property (as in: all of creation) to perfectly accomplish His purposes on His schedule to His glory and for the benefit of His people (see: Romans 8:28).

Feel free to bask in the glow of that for a bit.

Soak it in.

Awesome, isn’t it?

Of course it is!

Far too awesome to find a place in most American professing Christian churches these days, apparently, but we’ve already touched on that.

What I want to focus on here for a sec is the ark concept – the way that God provides the physical means by which His physical remnant is physically preserved even as His enemies are physically wiped from the face of His earth.

As we can see so clearly if we’ll just cast aside the pessimistic, unbelieving, Gospel- and Great Commission-denying blinders that have become the norm in American Christendom, God is in the process of moving mightily through His property (all people and all things) to provide unmatched, previously unimaginable opportunities for the decentralization of power and proliferation of true freedom, liberty, prosperity and peace just as one would expect from a Kingdom that has come, is conquering, and cannot be defeated.

The radical decentralization of economic power is coming.

The radical decentralization of civil governmental (State) power is coming.

The radical decentralization of art, media, education, and everything else is coming.

It’s coming on earth.

It’s coming over time.

The remarkable technologies that the Lord has already provided have been used by Him to begin and escalate this process. The technologies that He is providing now are pushing that movement along, and at a quickening rate that absolutely terrifies the fans and managers of the centralized systems under which we now (temporarily) labor.

But they can’t stop what’s coming.

Nobody can.

This frightens them, of course.

As it should.

And while they should be frightened – terrified, even – they shouldn’t be nearly as frightened as God’s people are inspired by the thought of what is happening here, now, and in the future for His people on His earth.

A million arks are being built even now, all by God’s grace, all for His glory, and all to the benefit of His people.

And the rains are coming soon.

Soli Deo gloria…and let’s roll!


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