|Posted on May 7, 2019 at 7:50 AM|
Setting the Captives Free World-Wide ~ Breaking the Chains of Bondage (Isaiah 61:1)
The Jesus/Joshua Connection on Route 66 (Part 3) Possessing the Land
I am going to compare the children of Israel who wandered in the wilderness for forty years with the church (body of Christ). The Israelites who died in the wilderness are symbolic of carnal Christians who are spiritually dead because they murmur, complain and do not walk by faith (Numbers, chapter 14, 1 Corinthians 3:1-3).
In other words, they leaned to their own understanding (Proverbs 3:5-6); even though God provides all their needs (Philippians 4:19), they still don’t trust Him fully. Yet they have experienced how God provided for them in the past.
God raised up Joshua to take the Israelites to the promised land. God also raised Paul the Apostle, a great leader who wrote more books than anybody in Biblical History. Paul addressed Christians as being carnal and babes, which hindered them from reaching their potential (1 Corinthians 3:1-15).
Joshua was a great leader who was carrying a new generation of people to the promised land, yet there were some who did not obey, and they never reached their potential. This is similar to carnal Christians; which is like burying their gifts (Matthew 25:24-26).
To be carnally minded is death….to suffer loss (Romans 8:5-8.). So, what does this scripture mean? A carnal Christian is acting like an unsaved person, and he or she cannot please God. Therefore, whatever they do is in vain and they will lose their rewards (1 Corinthians 3:11-15).
The disciples were also examples of carnal Christians: They competed with each other as to who would sit on each side of Jesus (Mark 10:37); two of the disciples’ mother asked the same question about her sons sitting on each side of Jesus (Matthew 20:20-28.).
They desired the higher status; serving was not on their minds. Jesus told them that He had much to tell them, but they were not ready yet (John 16:12). Why was this so? They were still carnal, but after Jesus left the earth, they turned the world upside down (Acts 17:5-9).
The Apostles knew they were in warfare and they fought the good fight of faith (2 Timothy 4:6-8.). Paul was sold out for Christ and he was willing to die (Acts 21:10-13), James was beheaded and some were imprisoned (Acts 12:1-19, Acts 16:16-40).
I have heard at some funerals how the deceased person fought the good fight of faith; according to their life-styles, this was not true. To know what the good fight of faith is, one must model Jesus and the disciples/apostles. Stephen was stoned to death (Acts 7:54-60); he was also an example someone who fought the good fight of faith.
The apostles understood what it was to be in spiritual warfare (Ephesians 6:10-18.); just as the Israelites were instructed to possess the land, we are called to possess the land, because the kingdom of God suffers violence, but the violent takes by force (Matthew 11:12).
We are in spiritual warfare and the enemy wants to take us out, but God has given us everything that’s needed to win the war. Jesus gave us all power over the enemy (Luke 10:19); just as He gave Moses and the Israelites everything they needed to possess the land (Deuteronomy 1:8.). The land of Canaan was finally possessed under Joshua’s leadership (Joshua, chapters 1-6).
The children of the Most-High God have been empowered to fight the good fight of faith which will help us to receive all the promises here on this earth and when we reach our final destination in the New Jerusalem (Revelation 21:1-2). This was made possible by Jesus Christ (John 14:2-3).
Next: The Jesus/Joshua Connection on Route 66 (Part 4) Taking the Land – Something Went Wrong
Unshackled ~ Betty A. Burnett BURNETTMINISTRIES.ORG