Joshua (/ˈdʒɒʃuə/) or Jehoshua(Hebrew: יְהוֹשֻׁעַ Yehoshuʿa) is the central figure in the Hebrew Bible’s Book of Joshua. According to the books of Exodus, Numbers and Joshua, he was Moses’ assistant and became the leader of the Israelite tribes after the death of Moses.
And according to the Hebrew Bible, Joshua was one of the twelve spies of Israel sent by Moses to explore the land of Canaan. In Numbers 13:1–16, and after the death of Moses, he led the Israelite tribes in the conquest of Canaan, and allocated the land to the tribes.
All of the spies, except Joshua and Caleb, were struck down with a plague and died. Joshua was at first a fierce warrior. He was chosen as the representative from his tribe, Ephraim, to explore the land of Canaan, and was in agreement with Caleb that the Promised Land could be conquered.
So faith is significant! We are told what is ESSENTIAL to be in the Kingdom of God, Amen.
Check this out! And now these three are essential in and of your essence: Faith, Hope and Love. But the greatest of these is The Essence of God!!!
We are on a roll!
“God is Love” 1 John 4:8 Amen, we did not ‘make this up!’ It is written! It is a favorite Bible verse about Love.
1 John 4:16b is a similar verse also containing the words “God is Love.” Anyone who does not Love does not know God! Because God is Love. And we can say that whosoever lives in Love lives in God, and God dwells in their spirit, Amen.
Are you chosen? God is NO respecter of person.
Then Peter opened his mouth, and said, Of a truth I perceive that God is no respecter of persons:
Acts 10:34 King James Version (KJV)
This is taken from a very enlightening source in The Word, and we share:
But in every nation he that feareth him, and worketh righteousness, is accepted with him.
The word which God sent unto the children of Israel, preaching peace by Jesus Christ: (he is Lord of all:)
That word, I say, ye know, which was published throughout all Judaea, and began from Galilee, after the baptism which John preached;
How God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Ghost and with power: who went about doing good, and healing all that were oppressed of the devil; for God was with him.
And we are witnesses of all things which he did both in the land of the Jews, and in Jerusalem; whom they slew and hanged on a tree:
Him God raised up the third day, and shewed him openly;
Not to all the people, but unto witnesses chosen before God, even to us, who did eat and drink with him after he rose from the dead.
And he commanded us to preach unto the people, and to testify that it is he which was ordained of God to be the Judge of quick and dead.
To him give all the prophets witness, that through his name whosoever believeth in him shall receive remission of sins.
While Peter yet spake these words, the Holy Ghost fell on all them which heard the word.
And they of the circumcision which believed were astonished, as many as came with Peter, because that on the Gentiles also was poured out the gift of the Holy Ghost.
For they heard them speak with tongues, and magnify God. Then answered Peter
Whether Jew or Gentile; we are all children of The Most HIGH God! A family in the singular, with Love at our head, Amen.
“John answered, “Anyone who has two shirts should share with the one who has none, and anyone who has food should do the same.”
God calls His people to live in unity with one another, so it is important to make every effort to live together in harmony with other fellow believers.
“I appeal to you, brothers and sisters, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that all of you agree with one another in what you say and that there be no divisions among you, but that you be perfectly united in mind and thought.”
1 Corinthians 1:10
Ephesians 4:2-6 – Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing one another in love. Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace. There is one body and one Spirit–just as you were called to one hope when you were called–one Lord, one faith, one baptism; one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all.
The lyrics of a well known Christian song begin with the emphatic declaration that “We are one in the Spirit.” But the song continues with a prayer for the restoration of our unity. In some ways the words of this familiar song seem like a contradiction, don’t they? Why pray for unity to be restored if we are one in the Spirit already? Actually these words are right on! They express at the same time both a profound Christian truth and a great Christian responsibility. The truth is that we are are one in the Spirit and the responsibility is that this unity is to be seen in our lives.
What exactly is this unity and how are we to show it in our lives as growing Christians? Should we attempt to break down all the denominational barriers and start a new denomination–something like “The Church for All True Christians?” Needless to say, such a plan would hardly get off the ground without serious and divisive consequences. And yet we are told to make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit in Ephesians 4:3.
A closer examination of Ephesians 4:2-6 will help answer these questions. Notice first of all that verse 3 does not say “make every effort to form the unity of the Spirit” Why not? Because the unity of the Spirit is something which is already formed. Remember, we are one in the Spirit. No amount of ecumenical maneuvering can add a thing to this unity which God has already formed.
Now in verses 4-6 we have the basis or the ground of our unity in the Spirit. There is a sevenfold oneness to our unity. “There is one body…one Spirit …one hope…one Lord…one faith…one baptism…one God. Notice again that this unity is not something that we form. “There is” is understood throughout verses 4-6. We cannot add to or take away from this oneness which already is.
In order to better appreciate these essential ingredients or our unity in the Spirit, let us visualize three concentric spheres (you know–one sphere within another sphere within a third sphere.) Now label the outer sphere with the words of verse 6: “one God and Father of all.” Label the middle sphere with verse 5: “one Lord, one faith, one baptism.” Finally, label the inner sphere with verse 4: “one body, one Spirit, one hope.” Although all seven aspects of our oneness are essential (all are contained within the larger sphere), it is as we move from the outer sphere towards the inner one that we come closer to the “heart” of our unity. For example, non-Christians as well as Christians may subscribe to “one God”, but only true Christians are members of the body of Christ and have the Holy Spirit.
Let’s look at these three spheres in a little more detail. “There is one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all” (v6). God is Creator of all. He has authority over all. He sustains all and is in control of all. His presence is everywhere. All Christians hold this truth, but then so do many others–even Moslems! But there is more to our unity as seen in the middle sphere. “There is one Lord, one faith, one baptism.” All Christians believe that Jesus alone is Lord. We hold to one faith as taught in the Holy Scriptures. Although we may differ in interpretations of some passages, together we “earnestly contend for the faith which was once for all delivered to the saints” (Jude 3). See 1 Corinthians 15:3-4, for example, for the basic content of the one faith which Christians profess. What about one baptism? Is this “Spirit Baptism” or “water baptism?” Most likely it is water baptism, because the Spirit is mentioned as we move further in towards the center. But water baptism certainly symbolizes what the Spirit has done in our lives. Notice that it doesn’t say “one mode of baptism!” Christians may differ as to the mode, but all agree that Christian baptism has one meaning–I’ve become a Christian!
The inner sphere shows us that our unity is even deeper that the confession of “one Lord, one faith, and one baptism.” “There is one body.” All true Christians are joined together in the one Body of Christ. He is the Head of that Body (Ephesians 4:15-16). It doesn’t matter whether we are Congregational or Catholic or “common Christian.” If we love the Lord Jesus, we are part of that one Body. It is not just an organization which we join or wemaintain–it is a living organism which God has created. “There is one Spirit.” Although there are many different spiritual gifts and manifestations (see1 Corinthians 12:4-11), there is only one Holy Spirit. Regardless of how we view these spiritual gifts and manifestations, all Christians are one in the Spirit. Finally, only true Christians can claim the “one hope” of sharing Christ’s glory forever (Ephesians 1:18). This then is the basis of our unity in the Spirit. It is true that non-Christians may subscribe to one God, and some confessing Christians may even profess faith and undergo baptism (see Matthew 7:21-23), but the Spirit only indwells the one Body of true believers.
Yes, we really are one in the Spirit and nothing can destroy that unity which God Himself has formed. But we are told to “make every effort to keep (or preserve) the unity of the Spirit.” How do we do that? As individual members of the one Body of Christ we do everything possible to recognize and reflect our oneness in Christ. We may differ in our views of when and how our Lord is going to return. We may differ in our concepts of church government. We may differ in our ideas of spiritual gifts for the church today. But we are not to let these things keep us from recognizing one another as brothers and sisters in the Lord. Those things are not the ground of our unity. Members of an earthly family can hold different opinions but still exhibit the family unity in love, because they are onefamily. How much more should we who are members of the one Body (not just family) of Christ reflect our unity “in the bond of peace.”
Keeping the unity of the Spirit is more easily said than done! True, but we are to “make every effort.” How do we start? Verse 2 shows us that we begin with ourselves and then move out to others. “Be completely humble and gentle.” We become humble when we begin to see ourselves as God sees us. Our natural tendency is to see ourselves as the “star” we would like to be. God sees the motives and the masks! “Gentle” is sometimes translated “meek.” Meekness is not an easy-going weakness but is the result of a mind and spirit kept under control. We are to make every effort to be gentle. “Be patient (or long suffering).” This involves others besides ourselves! Someone has said that “long-suffering is the spirit which can suffer unpleasant people with graciousness and fools without complaint.” Yes there are such people even in the Body of Christ! “Bear with one another in love.” This goes even farther than patience. We are not just to tolerate our brothers and sisters but actually love them in their weaknesses. Love would certainly involve helping–not despising or judging. “With one another” clearly indicates that we all have our shortcomings. We must bear with one another in love in spite of our different life styles, opinions and hang-ups. It is as we make every effort to love one another in this way that the unity of the Spirit is kept in the bond of peace.
It is not easy to keep the unity of the Spirit, but as people who are in the Holy Spirit we are called to be holy people. It is hard work, but the Spirit who makes us one body also empowers the new life He gives us. Keeping the unity of the Spirit is not an impossibility! Let us make every effort to show that we are one in the Spirit.
We started out sharing about Joshua and here we are for good reason. Where you are, you were chosen to be there for a reason. So many of you may disagree – you are gazing at an extremely unappealing future! Who am I to say this? Wow! IF I were to start, I would not know where to end! But I am BLESSED! Not homeless, not wanting! The LORD HAS
supplied according to His endless riches in glory shown through Jesus, Amen.
Here, we can take a rough short walk and be right back on track.
● It is clear from the Gospels that Mary Magdalene had a great love for Jesus. She had been freed by him from possession by seven devils, had followed him as a disciple, ministering to him from her means (Luke 8:2-3), and had been with Mary, the Mother of Jesus and the other women when Jesus was crucified (Mark 15:40-41). She was, according to the Gospels, the first person to whom Jesus appeared after the resurrection, after searching for him tearfully (John 20:11-18). Hence the veneration which the Church has had for her as a witness to the risen Christ.
Once again, she was chosen! There are disciples chosen who we may have had issues with. But as states, God is no respecter of persons. To be chosen is an honor!
In many cases, practically all. We are chosen before time!
A huge question goes up here. “What of people who had no knowledge of the coming of Christ?” Although it will make me soundcsoundcuntowar untoward. God is Love. In ALL cultures there is wrong and right. Do wrong and suffer the consequences!
God “will repay each person according to what they have done.”
Christianity and Judaism. Christianity is rooted in Second Temple Judaism, but the two religions diverged in the first centuries of the Christian Era.Christianity emphasizes correct belief (or orthodoxy), focusing on the New Covenant as mediated through Jesus Christ, as recorded in the New Testament.
Equally amazing to the doctrine of the Trinity is the doctrine of the Incarnation — that Jesus Christ is God and man, yet one person, forever. As J.I. Packer has said, “Here are two mysteries for the price of one — the plurality of persons within the unity of God, and the union of Godhead and manhood in the person of Jesus. . . . Nothing in fiction is so fantastic as is this truth of the Incarnation.”
The early church considered the Incarnation to be one of the most important truths of our faith. Because of this, they formulated what has come to be called the Chalcedonean Creed, a statement which sets forth what we are to believe and what we are not to believe about the Incarnation. This creed was the fruit of a large council that took place from October 8 to November 1, 451, in the city of Chalcedon and “has been taken as the standard, orthodox definition of the biblical teaching on the person of Christ since that day by” all the major branches of Christianity. There are five main truths with which the creed of Chalcedon summarized the biblical teaching on the Incarnation:
1. Jesus has two natures — He is God and man.
2. Each nature is full and complete — He is fully God and fully man.
3. Each nature remains distinct.
4. Christ is only one Person.
5. Things that are true of only one nature are nonetheless true of the Person of Christ.
I definitely agree that this is so much thrown at once. All tied together, as we proceed we will break it down. BUT, see the similarities in ALL the belief systems. A central essence, a scale, do’s and don’t…but we ALL have choice!