Now after the death of Moses the servant of the LORD it came to pass, that the LORD spoke to Joshua the son of Nun, Moses' minister…
I. TAKE A SURVEY OF THE INHERITANCE.
1. I would say of this inheritance which God has prepared for His saints, and has given to them by a covenant of salt, that it is exceeding broad. All that we can think or desire is ours in the covenant of grace. There are immeasurable breadths and lengths, but we confine ourselves to close quarters. Truly "there is very much land yet to be possessed"! Some graces you must have, or you are not saved; some sins must at once be driven out of your life at the sword's point, or you are not the Lord's. As for the choicer graces, you are foolish indeed if you think of doing without them; and as for the less violent sins, you err greatly if you spare one of them.
2. This heritage is exceedingly desirable. When sin is driven out, and we come to live in God's own land, then we find precious treasure; we dig, and we are enriched. We have all things in Christ; yea, in Him we have all that our utmost want can require.
3. This heritage, upon which we are now looking down from the summit of our faith, is full of variety. Here are Hermons of experience, Tabors of communion, Jabboks of prevailing prayer, and Cheriths of Divine providence. The revelation of God is a blessed country, full of all manner of delights. They that live in Christ dwell in spiritual realms, which for light and joy are as heaven below. Above all things, it is "Thy land, O Immanuel"!
II. GLANCE AT THE TITLE DEEDS OF OUR INHERITANCE. I would not mind exhibiting our title before the whole bench of judges, for it has no flaw in it, and will stand in the highest court.
1. First, notice its covenant character: "I have given it to you." You will find the full conveyance in Genesis 15:18-21. Each believer may say, "He hath in Christ Jesus made with me an everlasting covenant, ordered in all things and sure; and therefore do I possess all spiritual blessings, and shall possess them world without end."
2. Observe, next, that this deed of gift is notable for its graciousness. How does it run? Which I do "sell" to them? Ah, no! It is no sale, but a free gift.
3. Note well the righteousness of our title: "Which I do give to them." The Lord God has a right to give what He pleases, for "the earth is the Lord's, and the fulness thereof, the world, and they that dwell therein." Of His own has He given unto us. In the great sacrifice of His dear Son He has satisfied all claims of justice, and He acts justly when He blesses largely those for whom Jesus died.
4. Do not fail to see its sureness: "The gifts and calling of God are without repentance." "I do give," saith He, and thus He stands to His act and deed. Oh, children of God, what do you think of your title-deeds? You stand possessed of your kingdom by the gift of Him who has a right to give what He pleases. The kingdom is given you because it is your Father's good pleasure to give it to you. Not only was it His good pleasure, but it remains so. What great simpletons we are if we do not take possession of the brave country which is ceded to us!
III. LET US MAKE A MOVE TOWARDS OUR POSSESSIONS. There is your land, but Jordan rolls between.
1. The first thing to do in this matter is to go over this Jordan. Come out from the world, and be separate. The land of gracious experience is meant for you to dwell in, so that you may be recognised as the Lord's peculiar people, separated unto the Most High. Oh, for that decisive step by which, like Abraham, you conic out from your father's house that you may be a sojourner with God in the land which His grace will show you!
2. Having decided for the Lord, you are next to take possession by an act of simple faith. Every place in the grace country upon which the sole of your foot shall tread is yours. You will remember that the Red Indians agreed to sell to William Penn as much land as a man could walk round in a day; and I do not wonder that at the end of the day they complained that the white brother had made a big walk. I think I should have put my best leg foremost if whatever I could put my foot upon would be mine; would not you? Why, then, do you not hurry up in spiritual matters? Do you value earthly things more than spiritual? Mark, then, that if you put your foot down upon a blessing, and say, "This is mine," it is yours. What a very simple operation is the claim of faith!
( C. H. Spurgeon.)
Parallel VersesKJV: Now after the death of Moses the servant of the LORD it came to pass, that the LORD spake unto Joshua the son of Nun, Moses' minister, saying,