The church of the New Testament was God’s chosen vessel for delivering those who were willing to be delivered from the flood of great judgments upon Israel and the world of that time. So great was the judgment against the nation of Israel that its third great temple was destroyed in 70 A.D. Not one stone was left upon another. The judgments upon the rest of the world were also severe: wars, famines, earthquakes.
As Noah built his ark, Christ built His church. As Noah led in those to be saved, so Christ led in those He was saving. As Noah led everyone off the ark to live in a new world after the flood, so Jesus led everyone out of the church to live in the kingdom of God on earth. Noah’s ark was not built for reuse. Neither was the church designed for multi-generation use. It was designed for apostolic times only. Jesus had promised that some who had seen Him in His earthly life would see Him coming in His kingdom. We can be confident that it happened just as He said it would (2 Corinthians 5:16).
We who live after Noah have no more need of an ark. We who live after Christ and His apostles have no more need of a church. We have the kingdom of God which endures forever. Let us seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and anything else we need will be provided to us.