JESUS IS THE TREE OF LIFE

#1 on my list of 77 in my series “Jesus is All and Everything”

JESUS IS THE TREE OF LIFE

Hello all!

This is the very first article in my “Jesus is All and Everything” series. I am going to share my position on this subject and what I have gathered from my research and Bible studies. There actually is some very good articles out there, written by very learned believers, and I encourage you to search the web on this subject so you can continue to find out for yourself.

I believe that the Bible is a completed work. There is nothing more to be added or taken away and all has been fulfilled. I guess it could be compared to a novel or even a fairy tale, in the sense it has a beginning and an end. Not to be trite about “the Greatest Story ever told”, but to show how there is a “once upon a time” and a “happily ever after”.

The book of Genesis is the “once upon a time” that begins in the Garden of Eden. And the Book of Revelation is the “happily ever after” where all mankind shall partake of the Tree of Life.

The Tree of Life in Genesis (Once Upon a Time…)

Gen 2:9
And out of the ground made the LORD God to grow every tree that is pleasant to the sight, and good for food; the tree of life also in the midst of the garden, and the tree of knowledge of good and evil.

Gen 2:16
And the LORD God commanded the man, saying, Of every tree of the garden thou mayest freely eat:

Gen 2:17
But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of
it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die.
No matter what futurists may say it is obvious that when God created the Tree of Life he intended for mankind to eat from this tree. Adam and Eve definitely had access to it before the Fall. The Tree of Life was in the center of the Garden as a main sustainer of Life and if Adam and Eve did not sin they would have eaten from this tree daily and lived forever.

Tree of Life = Truth (Christ)
Tree of the knowledge of good and evil = Religion (Self)

Tree of Life leads to eternal life through Christ.
Tree of the knowledge of good and evil leads to death.

Tree of Life = oneness with God. There is no “self” apart from God
Tree of the knowledge of good and evil leads to knowledge of a “self” (ego) apart from God, wanting to be their own “god”.

The first man Adam was barred from this tree after he sinned against God.

(Genesis 3:22-24)

“And the LORD God said, Behold, the man is become as one of us, to know good and evil: and now, lest he put forth his hand, and take also of the tree of life, and eat, and live for ever:

Therefore the LORD God sent him forth from the garden of Eden, to till the ground from whence he was taken.

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.”

Upon eating the forbidden fruit, Adam was cursed with toil until he returned to the dust of the earth, then driven from the garden and prohibited from partaking of the Tree of Life.

This prohibiting Adam from eating from the Tree of Life prevented him from trying to live forever, and an act of mercy from God keeping Adam from living forever physically (not spiritually) under the curse.

The Tree of Life is also associated with a very unique river a river that not only waters the Garden of the Lord but it was the source of four other rivers. This unique river is the source of “the Water of Life” flowing to all corners of the earth as mentioned Psalms 46:4 and Eze 47:12.

Psalms 46:4
“There is a river, the streams whereof shall make glad the city of God, the holy place of the tabernacles of the most High.”

Ezek 47:12
“And by the river upon the bank thereof, on this side and on that side, shall grow all trees for meat, whose leaf shall not fade, neither shall the fruit thereof be consumed: it shall bring forth new fruit according to his months, because their waters they issued out of the sanctuary: and the fruit thereof shall be for meat, and the leaf thereof for medicine.”

We see this association continue in the New Testament in John 4:10-11, 7:38.

Jhn 4:10
“Jesus answered and said unto her, If thou knewest the gift of God, and who it is that saith to thee, Give me to drink; thou wouldest have asked of him, and he would have given thee living water.”

Jhn 4:11
“The woman saith unto him, Sir, thou hast nothing to draw with, and the well is deep: from whence then hast thou that living water?”

Jhn 7:38
“He that believeth on me, as the scripture hath said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water.”

 

The Tree of Life in Revelation (Happily Ever After…)

We read in the Book of Genesis how Paradise is lost and man barred from the Tree of Life. In the Book of Revelation we read where Paradise is restored with a “new heaven and a new earth” with the Tree of Life in the midst of the New Jerusalem.

Rev 2:7
“He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches; To him that overcometh will I give to eat of the tree of life, which is in the midst of the paradise of God.”

Rev 22:2
“In the midst of the street of it, and on either side of the river, was there the tree of life, which bare twelve manner of fruits, and yielded her fruit every month: and the leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations.”

Rev 22:14
“Blessed are they that do his commandments, that they may have right to the tree of life, and may enter in through the gates into the city.”

What an amazing story and the most amazing thing is that it is NOT a fairy tale it is the Truth! Jesus is the Tree of Life that heals the nations and we who believe in Him out of us will flow His river of “living water”.

In closing I would just like to mention how important it is to see the Word of God (the Bible) as a completed work. Once one researches enough and sees how uncomplicated it really is to understand, their eyes are opened and all the symbolism of the Word falls into place. To be honest, I cannot ever imagine going back to believing that there is any future story to be told. The Greatest Story Ever Told has been told!

The Joy I feel in knowing (without a shadow of a doubt) that what Jesus did is a “done deal”, and that God’s plan succeeded so totally and perfectly, supersedes the 40 years of wondering on a desert trail. The trail through denominations and the traditions of men, wondering lost down so many paths in search of the Truth. It was all worth it and I am so full of love of Him that I cannot stop myself from writing about what He has taught me. It is really a marvel to FIND OUT FOR YOURSELF!

God is perfect and His timing is perfect and…

JESUS IS ALL AND EVERYTHING!!

Patti C.

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Author: kinz2all

Hello all! What a long strange trip it has been! I am amazed that through 40 years of Bible studies, Bible College, and attending a multitude of churches, of varying denominations, I have come full circle back to the day when I was “born again”. On that day (Sept 24th 1978) I found the Truth when Jesus found me. I knew in an instant that I could live in eternity by living in the moment with Christ. God is love and loves everyone and wants everyone to be set free in Christ. That the spiritual world trumps the material world and by focusing on Christ one can live spiritually every moment, and death to self brings abundant new life. This was massively life changing! I went from being broken to being whole! I could not contain the love and joy within me. I was a different person and all my relationships changed. And shortly after that earthshaking day, I did sell everything I owned and went on the road proclaiming the JOY of the Good News!! Yet, after three years, I settled down and starting going to church, realizing I had not truly studied the Word of God. I had attended church as a child and as a teen I sang in the choir and taught vacation Bible school, so I knew the major highlights of the Gospel, and pretty much believed what preachers were preaching about God’s Word. Still, I did not find the fire of the Spirit in many of the churches I attended. To me, all the different denominations were creating division not unity in the body of Christ, by chopping up the Word to suit the traditions of men. In 1997 I decided to start reading and studying the Bible for myself. I read books about the “rapture” and the Left Behind series of books and started to see how churches were so divided on these issues and nothing they were teaching really rang true in my heart. I attended Bible College in 2004 and got my Masters in Theology and really got into understanding the End Times as taught by the pre-trib and pre-wrath rapture groups and authors. I was completely sold on this interpretation of the Bible, so much so, that I started writing about it on a pre-trib web site called Five Doves. I got really into waiting for the rapture and trying to figure out the timing and all that, and wrote many many articles about how and when this would happen. It was exciting, I felt that I was learning so much. The more I studied on my own the more I started to see that I did not see in His Word the same things that others were seeing and started to write about what I was finding. As soon as I did this, and started to stray away from the herd of pre-tribbers, I was thrown off the web site. As soon as that happened, the Lord started giving me new revelations and I started asking questions and rely on Him to show me in His Word the answers I was looking for. The major turning point was when I started writing for another web site (Rapture Prophecy Bible Forum) and found out who Israel truly is. That is the foundation for all Bible study…once one knows whom Israel is, one can never go back to dispensational beliefs. That opened the flood gates of revelations from the Lord. He made sure that I would have the time to truly focus on what the Holy Spirit was showing me. I fell down some stairs and broke both of my feet and was not able to do anything but study the Bible. And Study I did!! I was consumed with it, day and night and felt on fire for the Truth. Things that I had believed in for so long just fell away, and everyday I was finding out more and more. Although I started to see that there is no end time rapture, I still believed in a future Second Coming and that we were in the Last Days and how the world was becoming a dark place full of evil. I wrote much about this…even on this blog. Yet, at the same time finding out about the Kingdom of God and how it has already come, and how the Jewish feasts have all been fulfilled in Christ. We are not waiting for the last three to be fulfilled as so many preach and teach. The plan of Salvation was FINISHED AT THE CROSS, and all that was left to be fulfilled was the sending of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost…the 7th and last feast not the 4th…and Christ’s Second Coming in Judgment and the resurrection of the saints. That brings me up to recent time, and my most recent revelations from the Lord and I am shocked at what I have found out! I never even conceived that the Bible was a finished work and that there was no longer anything left to be fulfilled. Yet, that is what I have found out and it is AMAZING how I feel totally set free!! The Truth truly does set one free from the searching and the divisions of the traditions of man!! It all makes so much sense and every verse has taken on a new and heartfelt meaning!! It is GOOD NEWS!! Jesus is our King we can live in His Kingdom RIGHT NOW!! He did ALL He said he would do, when He said He would do it, all we need to do is KNOW HIM. The only event left to happen will happen to each of His children when they pass from this world and into eternity. I was so overwhelmed by my discoveries that I did not know how to approach beginning to write about it. Also, it labels me (and I hate labels in reference to divisions in Christ) I find that I have become a full Preterist. I would never ever have thought this is where my studies would lead, but cannot deny it is where the Lord has brought me. I am now ready to start proving it and that is what I will be doing from here on out. Perhaps the most wonderful aspect of all this is that it has brought me full circle. When I was born again and shown the power of Jesus and relying on Him, I knew it was finished in Him…He was the answer to all. Love is the strongest power in the universe and God is love. Nothing else really mattered. It was not until I got caught up in the “traditions of men” that the path got crooked and the way confusing. Yet, it is so wonderful to find out that His Word tells us the Truth, and that Jesus is the Way, the TRUTH, and the life. That being said, I will be posting studies that helped me understand, and hope that anyone out there that is reading this may find what they may be looking for, as they take this journey OF FINDING OUT FOR YOURSELF. God bless all, and may you be in His love and Light today and always!! JESUS IS ALL AND EVERYTHING!!! Patti C.

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