What is love and who can teach us anyhow? Who can explain it to us after all these years? Listen closely. If you’re humble enough and willing enough to pay the price to love, really love like you were created to, then this account of how our Father in heaven turns His heart toward us may capture your heart after all these years!
Our Father in heaven, who created us in His own image, knows that fallen mankind has to live for themselves. He knows that living for yourself is a curse that makes individuals as well as whole societies miserable, unable to love the way our hearts tell us we were created to love. The fact that we cannot escape our own selfishness is supposed to convince us that we are under a curse and in need of a way out. Our Father also knows that the world is ruled by a very intelligent angel of light who is evil and whose nature is that of a deceiver. He knows that this evil being hates all of mankind because man, both male and female, are the image bearers of God, and the evil one hates God. Because God, our Father, loves all of mankind, He gave all human beings a conscience which, if obeyed, will preserve the image of God in that individual. This is the covenant that He made with all men of the nations — that through the restraint of conscience, men would grope for Him, acknowledge Him in the creation and His image in his fellow man.
But the love of God for all of mankind goes even deeper than the covenant of conscience. His heart’s desire is to rescue everyone from the curse of trying to satisfy self at the expense of others. God established a greater covenant, one that would restore and heal His image in man and enable all who entered into that covenant to express the love and unity of God to all of creation, what we all know instinctively that we should be able to do. To establish this covenant, He sent His Son into the world as a man, just like you and me. His name was Yahshua, which means “Yahweh is mighty and powerful to save.” After demonstrating to the world what God’s love is like as a human being, He poured out His life’s blood as a rejected man among thieves and murderers. This blood is what established the new and better covenant with mankind.
Entrance into this covenant was now based on seeing the worth of Yahshua enough to surrender totally to His love. If you could see that He died for you, lifted the curse, and made a way to put His love in your heart by His Spirit, and provided a body, a community for you to live in as a new creation, then you would give your whole life to Him. The terms of the covenant is life for life. Yahshua was the first-born of a new creation of man, one that is free from self-life. Everyone is invited to enter into this new covenant and experience the only true Renaissance, a rebirth into this new creation. This is the only way we can be set free to love.
The life expressed through this new creation is a tribal, communal life where everyone shares voluntarily all they have and all they are. It is expressed in the Twelve Tribes, a spiritual nation where marriages express the oneness of God, and fathers turn their hearts to their children, and children turn their hearts back to their fathers. This is the fruit of the new covenant. It is a true sign or witness or demonstration that God sent His Son into the world to save the world, that He loves all of mankind, and that the restoration of all things is beginning to happen.