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.

A Heart of Testimony (The Shorter Version)

Written by Larry M. Jaynes:

We Christians have the wonderful opportunity to express our personal testimony about God’s personal intervention in our lives that only we can express as we become personally involved with our own tangible proofs of God’s loving care and concern for us. The Heart of Testimony is speaking up with your true story about what God has done for you personally. This is the greatest way to witness! The Heart of Testimony is a story of how God has touched our life in some way, and as we learn to recognize how much God has been enlightening, blessing, and encouraging us individually, we can begin to release our own true stories of deliverance that I like to call the Heart of Testimony. The Heart of Testimony inspires us to become more involved in our communities, Churches, or fellowship groups to help our families, our friends, and our neighbors see the greatness of God’s healing Word on a really personal level.

Spiritually, physically and mentally we can at times receive so much truth and understanding from God’s Word that a release becomes almost necessary, and the Heart of Testimony is a wonderful way to release and begin receiving more from God. Having an inlet and an outlet will prevent the Christian believer’s life from becoming stagnant, for it replenishes our ability to give and to receive.

In the Gospel of Mark, we have the story of Jesus delivering a man who had a “legion” of spiritual problems. This man became so blessed that he wanted to travel with Jesus, but Jesus told him to go home and share his own testimony with his family, neighbors, and friends.

Mark 5:19-20:
-19: Howbeit Jesus suffered him not {did not allow him to go with him}, but saith unto him, Go home to thy friends, and tell them how great things the Lord hath done for thee, and hath had compassion on thee.
-20: And he departed, and began to publish in Decapolis how great things Jesus had done for him: and all men did marvel.

The word Decapolis was not the word for a single city, but for an entire region, Decapolis means ten cities. This man whom Jesus healed in so many ways began spreading his own heartfelt testimony, his own experience that he had with Jesus throughout Decapolis, so much so that when Jesus himself passed through Decapolis it was easier for him to teach and heal (Mark 7:31-37).

When people express their own testimonies, even if it is only to their families, the wonderful healing Word of God becomes living and real to those who hear of them. In the Old Testament we read: And the LORD said unto Moses, Write this for a memorial in a book, and rehearse it in the ears of Joshua: (Exodus 17:14). God wanted Moses to rehearse over and again the testimony of Joshua’s victories about his personal battle that would continue to inspire him. Knowing ourselves that we are more than conquerors with God in Christ (Romans 8:37), and knowing that we can be victorious in our endeavors is something that God desires for His children to know and understand, for the Heart of Testimony can continue to build us up as individuals as well as those with whom we share them.

To see countless examples of the Heart of Testimony, see the book of Psalms and Hebrews 11.  The Book of Acts is also filled with wonderful testimonies that the believers shared with one another. In Acts 14:27 we read that the believers: “rehearsed all that God had done with them.” In Acts 12:17 Peter: “declared unto them how the Lord had brought him out of the prison.” In Acts 11:4 after delivering the Gospel to the Gentiles, Peter and his company: “rehearsed the matter from the beginning, and expounded it by order unto them.” These are all hearts of testimony that always bring glory to God, excitement into our families and acquaintances, and joy into our lives.