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The Puritans are the men of God who started in the 16th century building on the purity of the gospel message that Salvation is by Grace alone.

For Us or For Our Adversaries?

"Art thou for us, or for our adversaries?"

The book of Joshua is fabulous. Joshua actually represents Jesus for he was the the one that lead Israel into the promised land. Moses could never do this because he represented the law not because he struck the stone twice.

While Joshua was near Jericho he lifted up his eyes to see a man with his sword drawn in his hand and said:

"Art thou for us, or for our adversaries?" And he said Nay: but as captain of the host of the Lord am I now come. and Joshua fell on his face to the earth, and did worship and said unto him. What saith my lord unto his servant...." Joshua 5:15

Isn't that an interesting answer that Jesus gave when he said Nay... But I now come. Most people today are very quick to say God is with us in what we are doing now. For example just say I believe that God is for this blog puritan belief. He is on my side and the things I write He backs up. By saying this I wouldn't understand Joshua 5:15. The Lord says Nay he is neither for us OR for our adversaries.

My point is this: It is all about Jesus, we are not to declare him to be on our side but for us to be on His side. This is where the glory is for the Christian not in some future dispensation but the Christian is glorified now for we are on the Lords side.

"... and he said unto Joshua Loose thy shoe from off thy foot: for the place whereon thou standest is holy. And Joshua did so" Joshua 5:15

To those who are Sanctified:
This is what its all about the worshiping of Jesus. What Joshua beheld when he worshipped our Lord Jesus on that day is nothing compared to what we HAVE NOW. Joshua longed to look into what we have. (Colossians 1:26-27) He loosened his sandals with his head face down in the dirt. But you beloved have boldness in your speech for the veil has been taken away (2 Cor 3:12) and we can behold him in His glory in which we are being changed from glory to glory. (2 Cor 3:18) For we now actively approach the throne room of grace where Jesus is seated. (Eph 2:6)

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For Us or For Our Adversaries?
Posted by Correy Edmed Sunday, March 26, 2006

5 Comments:

Blogger Modern Day Magi said...

Good post PB.
Notice that the mosaic law was broken by Joshua and the israelites in taking Jericho.
1. Priests were not meant to take part in military activities, yet they led the procession.
2. The sabbath was strictly for rest yet they marched for 7 days, one of them must have been the sabbath.
Im sure I missed some too....

Who took Jericho but the Lord?
Who can purchase our salvation, but the Lord?
Where the Law is impotend Grace is not.

March 31, 2006 8:58 AM   Edit
Blogger Puritan Belief said...

Magi:
"Who took Jericho but the Lord?

Who can purchase our salvation, but the Lord?
Where the Law is impotend Grace is not."

Fantastic points

March 31, 2006 11:27 AM   Edit
Blogger Modern Day Magi said...

im a little dissapointed that this post which is great has been missed due to the other discussions happening here, maybe repost this once the other dies down?

MDM

April 03, 2006 7:02 AM   Edit
Blogger Modern Day Magi said...

Also it is interesting to note that Joshua and Jesus are really the same name. Both from the Hebrew Yehoshua or Yeshua, in Greek Joshua, in English Jesus, which means, "he will save". Joshua will provide a temporal salvation and Jesus an eternal one, Joshua provides a 'type' of the Messiah, Jesus IS the Messiah.
Isnt it wonderful how the Old Testament is completed in Christ Jesus?

April 04, 2006 11:31 PM   Edit
Blogger Puritan Belief said...

Yes Magi Joshua did represent Jesus. Everything is created by Jesus and for Jesus.

April 06, 2006 2:20 PM   Edit

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