Posted: August 28, 2012
PORTRAITS OF THE TRINITY
Let us continue this week our study of the portraits of the Trinity. This is the times in the Bible when we see clearly God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Ghost represented.
We began last week looking at the crossing portraits of the Trinity. We find in the Bible there were three times when God would take a group of people or an individual across a sea on dry land. Three is the number again mentioned for the Trinity. We looked last time at the crossing of the Red Sea by the children of Israel. We found there that God the Father delivers us from the penalty of sin.
Let us look this week at a second crossing in Joshua 3:15 when God takes the children of Israel over the Jordan River on dry land. It is here we will see clearly that God the Son delivers us from the power of sin. In chapter 3 of Joshua in verses 5-6 we are confronted with the ark. The text mentions here that the Ark of the Covenant is a picture of the crucified and risen Christ. The ark had in it Manna which speaks of Christ is all my provision. There was Aaron’s rod that budded which tells me in Christ is all my power. There were also the two tables of stone with the law recorded that tells me that in Christ is my entire pattern. In verse five he told them to sanctify themselves which speaks of being delivered from the power of sin. In 3:1-3 he told them to look away from their Jordan and unto the Ark. We cannot have power over sin if we are Jordan conscience. We must turn to the crucified and risen Christ. In 4:18 of Joshua the priest stepped into the Jordan carrying the Ark and the Jordan rolled back its waters. Sin has no power over us when Christ is lifted up. John tells us that Jesus was baptized in Bethabara, the place of the crossing. This is where Jesus took the first steps of death to self and not my will but thine be done.
In Joshua 3:10 we find the announcement. The Lord gives the promise before they ever followed the Ark across the Jordan that they would win every battle that is fought. In order to have victory through Christ over sin we need do nothing but claim the victory that Christ purchased for us on the cross and follow Him with trusting obedience.
In Joshua 5:13 we find the announcer. After Joshua crosses over the Jordan his first battle is at Jericho. Jericho speaks of those sins that hinder us from going on with God. Before he ever got in the battle Joshua met a man outside of Jericho with a sword drown. Joshua said to Him are you on our side or on the side of Jericho. The man said neither; I have come to take over. The Lord does not take sides but only takes over. He introduced Himself as the Captain of the Lord of hosts. Many believe this man to be Christ. The Lord of hosts is the title of the God who wins all battles before He fights them. He tells Joshua to take off one shoe and not both shoes. One shoe removed was the covenant sign that meant I cannot but you can. I have no ability to deliver myself from the power of sin but Christ has all power and fully gives to me that power.