Joshua – Revealing Our Captain of Salvation

Written by Larry M. Jaynes:

In the book of Joshua an angel appeared to Joshua and when he saw the angel he was unsure about why the angel appeared, Joshua asked him “Art thou for us, or for our adversaries?” I am confident that if I saw what Joshua saw I would also wonder what was up, the angel replied:

Joshua 5:14a – And he said, Nay; but as captain of the host of the LORD am I now come.

The captain of the host of the LORD meant that this angel was Michael the Archangel who fights for God’s people (Daniel 12:1), and thus he had his sword in his hand. The angel’s eloquent salutation must have set Joshua’s heart to rest and provided comfort amidst being surrounded on all sides by enemies and being disheartened at the decease of Moses, his teacher (Joshua 1:2). God had provided His angel, Michael, as He did for Moses and the children of Israel (Exodus 23:22-23, and Isaiah 63:9), which was ample encouragement for Joshua to continue leading Israel over the River Jordan and into the Promised Land.

Hebrews 2:10 – For it became him, for whom are all things, and by whom are all things, in bringing many sons unto glory, to make the captain {Jesus} of their salvation perfect through sufferings.

“Many sons” means every born again believer, whether we are male or female, Jesus through his sufferings for us has brought us to his very own glory. Jesus Christ is the captain of our salvation that we have received. In the book of Joshua we can see the many victories that the believers had, and find “the captain of the Lord of hosts” blazing a trail of deliverance before them, in the same manner we can also find our very own captain of salvation, who blazed the trail that leads us to the total victory of an endless life.

Hebrews 1:14 – Are they {angels} not all ministering spirits, sent forth to minister for them who shall be heirs of salvation?

All of the angels are sent from Him to minister, protect, and watch over those “who shall” be heirs of salvation, they are guardian angels. Before our salvation we had guardian angels (and those who have yet to be saved), protecting our very existence until we accept our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. When we become saved, God gives us holy spirit, placing Christ within our very hearts and Jesus becomes our captain, eternal guardian, and the anchor of our souls.

Hebrews 6:19-20a:
-19: Which hope {in Christ} we have as an anchor of the soul, both sure and steadfast, and which entereth into that within the veil {of heaven itself};
-20a: Whither the forerunner is for us entered, even Jesus, . . .

Once we become saved, we have Jesus Christ fighting for us, receiving his wisdom and spiritual revelation of the true meaning of having God and Christ within our lives.

Hebrews 13:2 – Be not forgetful to entertain strangers: for thereby some have entertained angels unawares.

This verse does not imply that we should be looking for angels around every corner. Rather, it means that when we entertain strangers, and they have not yet been saved, but are to be heirs of salvation, they themselves absolutely have a guardian angel, watching over their souls. When we help them into their own salvation and show them, the captain of our salvation – Jesus Christ – simultaneously we would be entertaining their guardian angels, with the healing Word of God. Before our salvation we also had a guardian angel, usually we were unaware of their presence, because we did not know the Word of God, or the captain of our salvation. Sure, people wonder if angels are somewhere around, but it is not until we become saved that we learn that we had at least one watching over our lives, as the captain of our salvation now does today and forever.