Greetings in Christ,
On this post I want to continue in the path of Jesus the Tree of Life.
When God created man the scriptures tells us in Gen. 2:7 "And the LORD GOD formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils THE BREATH OF LIFE; and man became a living soul. In this verse we see God establishing Himself as the LIFE GIVER. We ought to consider God as eternal and divine among other wonderful attributes. The breath that came from him was now in his creation eternal and divine, not just physical. The way I see it is He is my breath and apart from Him I have no life at all.
God also made many trees to grow out of the ground (Gen. 2:9) they were pleasant to the sight and good for food. I submit to you that these trees would sustain our natural bodies. He also placed in the midst of the garden the TREE OF LIFE. I believe that this particular tree was for our eternal spiritual well being.
God in his love for his creation welcomed them to eat from every tree to sustain them physically and spiritually. In his wisdom he commanded them to not eat of the TREE OF THE KNOWLEDGE OF GOOD AND EVIL because if they did they WOULD SURELY DIE.
God in love gave man and woman everything they would need for physical and spiritual life. It was for eternity and God blessed it all for their good.
In this God created Paradise something went wrong in man. Gen. 3:6 "And when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree to be desired to make one wise, she took of the fruit thereof, and did eat, and gave also unto her husband with her; and he did eat. So now death entered their lives.
Lets look at some details about Eve's fall to temptation in James 1: 14-16 But EVERY MAN is tempted, when he is drawn away of HIS OWN LUST, and enticed Then when lust hath conceived, it bringeth forth SIN: and SIN, when it is finished, bringeth forth DEATH. Do not err, my beloved brethren. Is not this what we see of Eve in the Garden. She lusted in covetousness of her own lust and drew away from God's command. She thought of herself only, not considering her true God. She in essence did not believe the word of God as God gave it. She gave in to lust which led to sin and we know from the book of Romans that the wages of sin is death, just like God said. In her sin and desperation she did not spare her husband either but got him to eat of the tree of death. People in sin always do desperate things trying to run from their guilt. It has since affected thousands of generations since that time and men and women are still enslaved by this.
God did not create people to die, but to live. People today are under the delusion that they know what life is. I say people don't have a clue because sin and death blind people so profoundly that they believe that lies are true and that the truth is a lie.
This is why we must reach out to Jesus the Tree of true life. Jesus did just that in John 1:4-5 Apostle John said IN HIM WAS LIFE; and the LIFE WAS THE LIGHT OF MEN. And the LIGHT shineth in the darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not. Today the light is shining in Christ and most of this dark world is still thousands of years behind the true understanding of who Jesus is. Jesus is truly Lord of all now and for eternity. Jesus is not a denomination, an organization or a religion perse. The Apostles knew him a whole lot better then people and preachers of today because the traditions of carnal minded men and women throughout history cast a stumblingblock in the path of this Light. Jesus said He is the way, the truth and the life. Jesus was given all power over all flesh, that he should GIVE ETERNAL LIFE to as many as would truly believe him.
God protected the TREE OF LIFE (Gen. 3: 24) from Adam and Eve because they were in a state of sin and death. This would certainly have doomed them for eternity, thank God for this wise act of love and mercy. So he drove out the man; and he placed at the east of the garden of Eden Cherubims, and a flaming sword which turned every way, TO KEEP THE WAY OF THE TREE OF LIFE.
Grace , Peace , Eternal Life .