Jim Henry, Pastor
First Baptist Church
3701 L.B. McLeod Road
Orlando, FL 32805
Reprinted From Radio Program "WE BELIEVE"
Tape # 88, CT 1154
As you look at the book of Joshua, I want to give you a brief introduction.
It will set the background for everything I'm going to be preaching on in the
next few weeks and months. The first thing I want you to note is that the Book
of Joshua is a bridge between the writings of Moses and the rest of the Bible.
It ties it all together.
The second thing I'd have you to note is this: It is a book that's
underscored by one word, "inheritance." You'll hear me coming back to that word
time after time. Inheritance. That word is a keynote of the book of Joshua.
As you look at this book, you get two words that are very familiar to us
today. First of all, the word, "Jordan." Sometimes our hymnology can get us
into a little trouble. Sometimes a hymn does not always portray the best and
most accurate scriptural truth. "Jordan," we usually think of as meaning
"death." We think of "Canaan" as "the Promised Land," but that isn't
necessarily so, for you'll find in the Book of Joshua that Canaan means, "full
salvation." That it is inherited now. You'll find that Joshua parallels two
books in the New Testament -- the Book of Hebrews (which is the land of full
salvation) and the Book of Ephesians, inheriting your possessions.
In the Book of Ephesians, Paul said that we should live "in heavenly places
in Christ Jesus." I used to think that meant you went to heaven, that's when
you got it all. That's the final salvation, but Paul was saying that we have
the right now, in the Promised Land of salvation to claim full blessing, full
salvation right now in the "land of Canaan."
The writers of Hebrews and Ephesians in the New Testament were saying what
Joshua took hold of in the Old Testament. That we have an inheritance and that
inheritance is now. In fact, Paul said in First Corinthians 10:11 tha ...
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