A husband promises to love and to cherish his wife, but would he keep this promise if his wife was unfaithful? Not so with Christ, who, like Hosea, kept his promise, even to an adulterous Bride: he “loved the church and gave himself up for her.”
God instructed Moses to go to a mountain where he will show him the extent and the beauty of the Promised Land he is giving to Israel before he died. But beyond this disappointment, God also assured Moses that Israel, after he died, will be ably led by Joshua, a Spirit-filled man, in their conquest of the Promised Land.
With two, not three, swings of his staff at the rock, Moses struck out of the Promised Land! But we have a Mediator better and more complete than Moses. Moses could not give the people Living Water. Only God could. And Moses could not accompany Godâ€™s people into the Promised Land. Only Christ could, by his provision of the Living Water of eternal life.
“You wish to go back to Egypt? Then you shall go back in the direction of the Red Sea where you started your march. You wish to die in the wilderness? Then you shall die in the wilderness. Do you fear that your children will be slaves in Canaan? Then your children will be shepherds in the desert for 40 years.”
“Second chance theology” during tribulation period is “goofy” theology, and contradicts Paul’s teaching that “now is the day of salvation.” This second chance teaching misleads people into thinking that they can be saved after the return of Christ.
Christian, Jesus is your “spy” who knows everything about your Promised Land because he came down from there. He assures you that your Promised Land is the heavenly city, beautiful and abounding in Godâ€™s blessings. Its inhabitants are not wicked enemies you have to fight and conquer, but righteous friends with whom you will fellowship for eternity. Its fortifications do not just reach up to heaven, but the city is in heaven itself, safe and secure from all evil.
For a printer-friendly PDF copy, click here. I’m re-posting this article from October 26, 2007..