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February 15 Today’s Reading — Numbers 11-14
Jehoshua — Jehovah Is Salvation
When Moses changed the name of Oshea, the son of Nun, to Jehoshua, he was making a declaration. The name Jehoshua means, “Jehovah is salvation!” And that is the essence of all that is taught in the Book of God. I cannot find any other doctrine taught in Holy Scripture.
When Moses stood before the unbelieving children of Israel at the Red Sea, he cried, “Stand still and see the salvation of the Lord!” The entire Book of Jonah is a declaration of what he said while he was yet in the whale’s belly: “Salvation is of the Lord!” David, in his Psalms of praise, declares this over and over again. He sang, “The salvation of the righteous is of the Lord!” “In God is my salvation and glory: the rock of my strength, and my refuge, is in God.” These were his last words, “Although my house be not so with God; yet he hath made with me an everlasting covenant, ordered in all things and sure: for this is all my salvation, and all my desire!”
As this was the message of the Prophets in the Old Testament, it is the message of the Apostles in the New. — “By grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: not of works, lest any man should boast.” — “Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us.”
If this is the message of all the Prophets and all the Apostles who spoke for God in the past, it is the message of every preacher who speaks for God today. Any doctrine that departs from this message departs from the Scriptures, departs from the Gospel, and is heresy. All heresy has its’ beginning with the addition of something man does to the work of Christ. All heresy either adds to or in some way diminishes this fact: — “Jehovah is salvation!”
This is my doctrine. This is my hope. This is my message. “Jehovah is salvation!” The whole of the work whereby a son of Adam is delivered from the power of sin, the kingdom of darkness, the guilt of transgression, the curse of the law, and the bondage of iniquity into the glorious liberty of the sons of God is of the Lord. Salvation is God’s work alone!