(The Covenant of Love)
When God created man, He entered into the covenant with him by commanding him to observe the rule of not eating of the tree of knowledge and good. He said to him, You may freely eat of every tree of the garden; but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil and blessing and calamity you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat of it you shall surely die (Gen. 2:16-17). That’s all he had to do to keep covenanting with God. Adam however, broke the covenant with God by willful disobedience. Knowing what is right and not doing it, one commits sin, according to the Word of God. While Adam followed the command of God, he was in agreement with the covenant and there was a relationship between God and him. But when Adam chose to disobey God, he not only died spiritually but brought himself under the curse of sin and the world with him. So, by the sin of one man, we all sinned and have become short of the glory of God (Rom. 3:23). God, in His mercy, however, not only promised them the covenant of love through the death of His Son (Gen. 3:15) but clothed them with skins when they saw that they were naked (Gen. 3:19). From that time on until YAHSHUA came, man was to offer sacrifice to God for the remission of their sins according to what the Word of God says: without the shedding of blood there is no remission of sins. God’s covenant of love is beautifully expressed through the words of His Son, YAHSHUA: For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten son, whosoever believes in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life (John 3:16). When YAHSHUA died, He offered salvation to every individual person. As the letter to the Hebrews said. The covenant of love was extended to all whosoever will accept Him. The covenant of love annuls and brings to naught the devil and his power of death. YAHSHUA came in the flesh and blood, partaking of man’s nature so He would go through death, in order to conquer it, defeat the devil and set men free from his power.