Defining the Words of the Kingdom
I. By defining the word “kingdom” and related words, it can be determined that the local N.T. church is the kingdom of heaven, a spiritual nation-state with a unique constitution and governmental system (boldface added below for emphasis).
A. kingdom: Kingly function, authority, or power; sovereignty, supreme rule; the position or
rank of a king, kingship. An organized community having a king as its head; a
monarchical state or government.
B. king: The usual title of the male sovereign ruler of an independent state.
I. honour: High respect, esteem, or reverence, accorded to exalted worth or rank; deferential admiration or approbation.
A. deference: Courteous regard such as is rendered to a superior, or to one to whom respect is due; the manifestation of a disposition to yield to the claims or wishes of another.
B. due: That is owing or payable, as an enforceable obligation or debt.
C. Children OWE their parents honour and parents have a right under God to demand
payment (and err greatly to not demand it).
D. Children, you should honour your parents:
The Ark and Its Preparation
A. By the ark, salvation was prepared for the righteous before the judgment.
1. This is the essence of Christ’s work in putting away our sin and ascending to heaven on
our behalf before final judgment. HEB 9:25-28.
2. Remember that God’s saving grace to all the children of promise is likened to Noah and
the ark. ISA 54:1, 7-10 c/w GAL 4:26-28.
B. God gave Noah specific instructions for the building of the ark. GEN 6:14-16.
1. “Make thee an ARK...” (v. 14).
a. ark: A chest, box, coffer, close basket, or similar receptacle...
The Message of Genesis 6-9
I. We do well to remember that Jesus Christ is the central Person of scripture, and all scripture
speaks of Him. JOH 5:39.
A. The account of Noah, the flood and the ark is a figure of Christ’s salvation. 1PE 3:20-21.
B. Jesus Christ deemed the account to be historical fact. MAT 24:37-39.
C. If GEN 6-9 is not historical fact, then Christ was wrong, was little more than a heathen
philosopher advancing moral lessons from a fable, and He has not provided a sure word of
prophecy to instruct us about end times and final judgment.
Noah's Flood: Global or Local?
A. Various people who study Scripture conclude that the Flood of Noah was not a global deluge.
B. Gap Theorists and Christian Identity types (Two-Seeders) are examples of Bible-readers who
may believe that Noah's flood was a local event.
1. Gap Theorists such as C.I. Scofield tend to believe in life and death before Adam in a
world which was destroyed by a catastrophic judgmental flood.
a. A local Noahic Flood better supports their accommodationist theological
Justice and Judgment
I. Sometimes we are called upon to render judgment in the court of the church and we may be called upon to sit on a jury in a civil court.
A. As a church we have judicial authority over our individual members. 1CO 5:12; 6:1-5.
1. 2. 3.
B. In 1.
Our power only extends to separating company from an offender.
Church membership is voluntary and apostates are free to leave. JOH 6:66-68. This is a power of free association that can only be harmed by church incorporation, not helped by it.
Dealing With the Death of a Loved One
I. Saying goodbye is hard.
A. The disciples were sad when Jesus told them that He would be leaving them.
B. The brethren wept when Paul left and would see them no more. ACT 20:36-38.
C. Mary and Martha were filled with grief when their brother died. JOH 11:32-33.
1. They were deeply saddened even though they knew that he was in heaven and that they would see him again. JOH 11:23-27.
2. Jesus Himself wept when Lazarus died. JOH 11:33-35.
D. When you love someone, it's painful to let them go. JOH 11:35-36.
Before the Flood, the Other Factor
(GEN 6:1) And it came to pass, when men began to multiply on the face of the earth, and daughters were born unto them,
(GEN 6:2) That the sons of God saw the daughters of men that they were fair; and they took them wives of all which they chose.
(GEN 6:3) And the LORD said, My spirit shall not always strive with man, for that he also is flesh: yet his days shall be an hundred and twenty years.
Before the Flood: Another Factor?
I. Some affirm that GEN 6:1-4 describes “unequal yoke” marriages of godly Sethite men to unbelieving women, and that such unions corrupted true religion along the lines of DEU 7:3-4.
A. It is not to be denied that a believer may be adversely affected by an unbelieving spouse,
and that a believer who selects a spouse based upon looks rather than character is
particularly susceptible since they are lacking discretion even before marriage.
B. This issue is magnified when children are brought into the picture.
Why the Flood?
A. (GEN 6:11) The earth also was corrupt before God, and the earth was filled with violence.
1. corrupt: as pa. pple. Corrupted, depraved, spoiled.
a. The total depravity of man was on full display. ROM 3:9, 15-18.
b. True religion was, except for Noah, gone. Corrupt religion lends itself to
violence. GEN 4:8; PSA 106:35-38.
c. The condition was universal: “...all flesh had corrupted his way...” (GEN 6:12).
2. Prior to the Flood, there had been no law given for capital punishment.
GEN 4:15 c/w GEN 9:5-6.