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Crossing Over The Jordan (4 of 12)
Dr. Stan Coffey
Joshua 3:1-6, 13-17
They are crossing over into the promised land. And I'll just remind you that Egypt in the Bible is a type of life without Jesus. Being in Egypt means that a person is lost, that they are under the oppression of Satan, that they are in the bondage of sin, that they are not free, that they are bond, that they are under the condemnation and the cruel taskmaster of sin. And the Bible teaches us that when the Israelites came out of Egypt under the blood of the Lamb, it's typical of us coming out of sin into salvation. Through the miracle of the new birth, we pass out of Egypt, and we pass into the wilderness. And then we know they wondered in the wilderness for forty years, and that's typical of what we call a carnal Christian experience. And there is a legitimate wilderness wandering; there is a time when a person is a babe in Christ. But a person is not to stay in the wilderness; a person is not to stay a babe in Christ. A person is to mature in his faith; a person is to become all that God saved him to be. And yet many Christians are still wandering in the wilderness. They've come out of Egypt; they've been saved; they've said, "I have decided to follow Jesus; I'll give my live to Christ; I'll be born again; I'll become a child of God." But they're not enjoying all that God has for them. They have just enough religion to make them miserable. It seems like that they're not committed enough to serve the Lord; they're afraid to serve the devil. They're living with one foot in the world and one foot in God's territory, and it makes them miserable all the time. They have a dreadful, sorrowful kind of wilderness experience.
Now Canaan, the promised land, is the land of conquest, and it is the land of victory. Some people think that Canaan represents heaven. You know, a lot of our songs say that in our hymnal; it relates Canaan to heaven and the promised land to heaven. But the promised land in the Bible is not heaven. Because in the promised land the book of Joshua tells us that there were battles there, and I don't believe there will be any battles in heaven. And the Bible tells us that there was sin there. There needn't be, but there was sin there. And there's not going to be any sin in heaven, amen? And so Canaan represents that fullness of the Christian life, that spirit-filled life, that abundant life, that victorious life that God wants every believer to have. Canaan represents all that God saved us to be. It is not a picture of heaven; it is a picture of a victorious Christian life. Now Canaan means at least four things. If we're going to cross over Jordan, we need to know where we're going. We're going to Canaan. And what is Canaan? Well, Canaan means release. Up until this time, the Israelites have been enslaved. They have been in Egypt. They've come into the wilderness, but they've not really been free to serve God.
So Canaan mean ...
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