Don't Give Up!

You've been everywhere and done everything to try to make sense out of your life. Perhaps you've given up the fight. Or perhaps you never had much fight in you, having been conditioned by this society and your upbringing to just settle for pleasure and comfort, never thinking too much about the consequences or what lies beyond our brief lifetime on this planet. There is a way to break through the wall of alienation and separation that keeps us from sweet fellowship with one another and our Creator.

If we could read between the lines of the written word of God, we would understand the heart of God and His eternal purpose for mankind. For the word of God and His commands are spelled out very plainly in the scriptures. But only when it truly dawns in a person's heart that they are being called by God into eternal fellowship with Him, will they find the courage and determination to obey His word.

God is Homeless, Too

You would probably never imagine that the Creator of the infinite universe has an unmet need. God is homeless. If it were as simple as a tent or a building, or even a planet or galaxy, God would have a home in which to dwell. But from the beginning, He has had His sights set on something so much more magnificent and beautiful. He is waiting for His highest creation, whom He made in His very likeness, to be made fit to be His dwelling place. He is waiting for you.

Thus says the LORD, "Heaven is My throne, and the earth is My footstool. Where then is a house you could build for Me? And where is a place that I may rest? "For My hand made all these things, thus all these things came into being," declares the LORD. "But to this one I will look, to him who is humble and contrite of spirit, and who trembles at My word. (Isaiah 66:1-2)

God's prime and essential purpose is made clear through the "Good News of the Kingdom" that was proclaimed by His Son Yahshua. This same good news will be proclaimed by all those who are seeking God's glory and are living to bring about His will on the earth. Yahshua Himself prophesied that this good news of the Kingdom would be proclaimed as a tangible witness to the whole world, then the end will come. What is the "good news," and what is the "Kingdom" we are to look forward to?

Reconciliation

The word reconcile is the primary indication of our Father's great love for mankind whom He created for Himself, for His own purpose. To be reconciled means a change from a state of enmity between persons to one of friendship. The word reconcile comes from an old Latin word, which means to bring together. It means to cause to coexist in harmony; make to be compatible.

Mankind has drifted far from the likeness of God we were created in. Though we were born with the instinctive knowledge of God in our conscience, we also inherited the inclination towards evil (selfishness), which was in the generations before us. Sin is simply not doing the good we know to do. Along the way we have all made choices that not only separated us from our fellow human beings, but our choices also demonstrated the fact that we were separated from God -- dead in our trespasses. Yet from the beginning God has had a plan to reconcile us to Himself.

Now all these things are from God, who reconciled us to Himself through Christ, and gave us the ministry of reconciliation, namely, that God was in Christ reconciling the world to Himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and He has committed to us the word of reconciliation. Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God were entreating through us; we beg you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God. (2 Corinthians 5:18-20)

You can see in these verses the two primary aspects of God's plan to bring us back into friendship with Him:

  1. God was in Messiah (Yahshua) reconciling the world to Himself, not counting their trespasses against them.
  2. He has committed to those who belong to Messiah, the word of reconciliation.

The Man Yahshua

The Spirit of God was in "the man" Yahshua reconciling the world to Himself, as it says in 1 Timothy 2:5: "For there is one God, and one mediator also between God and men, the man Messiah Yahshua. Yahshua is the only one who can mediate between man and God. Mediate means to intervene between people in a dispute in order to bring about an agreement or reconciliation.

God cannot be the mediator to Himself. The mediator can only be a man who has no sin of his own. But now He has given "us" the word of reconciliation, in order that we could bring people to Messiah, who in turn brings them to the Father. The "us" who have this ministry of reconciliation are those who have already been reconciled, and have been entrusted with the same Spirit who filled Yahshua -- as though God were entreating through us; we beg you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God.

These righteous "sent ones" were described by Yahshua: "He who is seeking the glory of the One who sent him, he is true, and there is no unrighteousness in him. He also said, "Truly, truly, I say to you, he who receives whomever I send receives Me; and he who receives Me receives Him who sent Me." When this righteous sent one brings the word of reconciliation, the one who is willing to do God's will, will gladly do what he is being called by God to do in order to be reconciled to Him.1

Since God was in Messiah reconciling the world to Himself, this was Yahshua's full-time occupation while He was on the earth. He set His face like flint to accomplish His mission. Now all that He said and all that He did is left to those who carry on this mission of reconciling mankind to the Father, through the sacrifice of Yahshua. They no longer live for themselves, but for Him who died for them, to carry on with His prime objective. All that they do and all that they say is for the purpose of communicating the great love of our Father for man and His desire that no one would perish, but that all would come to repentance.

When You See with Your Eyes, and Hear with Your Ears

What will it take for men to recognize the true disciples of Yahshua among all of the confusion of Christianity? Who is walking the way He walked and becoming like Him? How do we become like Him? Yahshua said, "By this all men will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another."2 What you saw in Yahshua was the love of the Father, and it will be the same in His disciples. This is what will enlighten men to know, which means to believe and trust that which you hear.

For the heart of this people has become dull, and with their ears they scarcely hear, and they have closed their eyes lest they should see with their eyes, and hear with their ears, and understand with their heart and return, and I should heal them. (Matthew 13:15)

When you come to the place where the walls are coming down and harmony and understanding is growing between brothers and sisters, husbands and wives, parents and children, then you will know you have found those who have been reconciled to Him. This is the home of God and a home for all the lonely who are not satisfied to spend eternity apart from Him. Don't give up without a fight!

  • 1. John 7:17-18
  • 2. John 13:35

The Twelve Tribes is a confederation of twelve self-governing tribes, composed of self-governing communities. We are disciples of the Son of God whose name in Hebrew is Yahshua. We follow the pattern of the early church in Acts 2:44 and 4:32, truly believing everything that is written in the Old and New Covenants of the Bible, and sharing all things in common.

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