Only Those in the Ark

All flesh died that moved on the earth.... Only Noah was left, and those who were with him in the ark.
GENESIS 7:21, 23
Only Those in the Ark
God remains truthful and preserves the Church, rules, and guides it, but in a manner that the world neither sees nor understands. . .. [The Church] God has chosen for Himself ... receives the Word and shuns idolatry, although it is so hard pressed by cross and dishonor that it is not considered a church but a heretical body and a school of the devil. . .. In the same way man was given dominion over the world at the beginning of creation. In the flood this is taken away, not forever but for a time; and even then it is not taken away entirely. Even though the greater part of the world perishes, man nevertheless remains lord of the creatures; that lordship is preserved for him, if not in so large a multitude as the world believed and wanted, nevertheless in a few individuals, that is, eight souls, something that the world did not consider. God's promise [of the dominion over the earth by human beings], therefore, did not lie. God kept His promise, but He did not keep it in the manner in which the world wanted it kept. He destroyed the sinners; but He saved the righteous, even though they were few and were like seed that God increased later on in various ways.
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