by Peter Smith on Tuesday, 4th of October 2016
Our new teaching series at Dalkeith Anglican will be reading the Old Testament book of Joshua. It is the account of the way that God gives his people the Land of Promise (Genesis 12:7). The book of Joshua records how the Israelites finally take possession of the Land God promised. God gives it to them as their inheritance.
The task facing Joshua and Israel at the beginning of Joshua is impossible in human terms. But in light of God’s presence, Joshua and his people are repeatedly told to “be strong and courageous”. The conclusion of the book is that God’s people are settled in the Land.
Someone might ask what has it got to do with us?
Jesus is our Joshua. He is the leader who has promised to us a heavenly inheritance. The apostle Peter says it this way: ‘God has caused us to be born anew to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, to an inheritance that is imperishable, undefiled and unfading, kept in heaven for you’ (1 Peter 1:3-4).
Believers in Christ have the promise of an eternal and imperishable inheritance. We have our inheritance now as a promise but we have not finally taken hold of it. One day we will lay hold of that possession. It is a land where we will dwell in the presence of God. It is real, substantial and rich with the blessing of God. We know this because of the life, death and resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ. He is our guarantee.
Our inheritance is guaranteed because God is a promise keeper!
In fellowship, Peter