Kingdom of God
1 Cor. 15:25
Eph. 1:3; 2:6
1 Peter 2:9
- Joshua 21:43
- "And the LORD gave unto Israel all the land which he sware to give unto their fathers; and they possessed it, and dwelt therein."
- Joshua 21:45
- "There failed not ought of any good thing which the LORD had spoken unto the house of Israel; all came to pass."
- Joshua 23:14
- ". . . not one thing hath failed of all the good things which the LORD your God spake concerning you; all are come to pass unto you, and not one thing hath failed thereof."
- These verses are usually cited with Neh. 9:8 by the Church of Christ in an attempt to prove that the Abrahamic "land promise" of Gen. 13:15; 15:18 was fulfilled when the land of Canaan was occupied by the twelve tribes under Joshua.
- These passages in Joshua do not refer to the fulfillment of the Abrahamic "land promise" for the following reasons:
- Abraham's seed was promised the land from the "river of Egypt [the Nile] to the Euphrates." (Gen. 15:18). The nation of Israel under Joshua never occupied this complete territory.
- Abraham was promised the land for ever. (Gen. 13:15). This personal promise has never been fulfilled as the following passages indicate:
- "And he [God] gave him [Abraham] none inheritance in it, no, not so much as to set his foot on: yet he promised that he would give it to him for a possession, and to his seed after him, when as yet he had no child." (Acts 7:5).
- "By faith Abraham, when he was called to go out into a place which he should after receive for an inheritance, obeyed . . . These all died in faith, not having received the promises . . ." (Heb. 11:8,13)
- "All"1 good things is qualified as the following examples indicate:
- It was promised, "I will raise them up a Prophet from among their brethren, like unto thee [Moses], and will put my words in his mouth; and he shall speak unto them all that I shall command him." (Deut. 18:18). This promise was not fulfilled, as Peter points out, until the coming of the Messiah. (Acts 3:22).
- "For if Jesus [Joshua] had given them rest, then would he not afterward have spoken of another day. There remaineth therefore a rest to the people of God." (Heb. 4:8,9)
- The "all good things" of Josh. 23:14 refers to Exod. 3:8,12; Deut. 28:1-14. The "evil things" of Josh. 23:15,16 refers to Deut. 28:15-68; Lev. 26:14-39.
- The land promised unto the "fathers" alludes to the promise made to Moses (Deut. 11:24) and which referred to land taken by conquest: "Every place that the sole of your foot shall tread upon, that have I given unto you, as I said unto Moses." (Joshua 1:3). This promise was fulfilled when Israel possessed Canaan.
- "All is frequently qualified in Scripture. See for example. "All living" (Gen. 3:20) refers to humans not animals. Similarly, "all flesh" (Gen. 6:13) did not include those animals and persons saved in the ark. Return