Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Tree of Life or Tree of Death - I Choose Life


Which tree would you rather eat from.  Somehow I think I would rather eat from the Tree of Life.  The answer if obvious when given a visual, but did you know there is a real "Tree of Life?"  Because of sin, man was removed from the Garden of Eden and lost the ability to eat from the tree of life, but when we accept Jesus we will yes, eat from the tree of life once again but we are partakers now through his word. Our soul, body, and spirit are all fed through the Word of God. It is not knowledge that feeds us but Revelation and Life. The bible says knowledge alone puffs up (1 Cor. 8:1,) but the Word of God is life: The words I have spoken to you--they are full of the Spirit and life. (John 6:63.) Here's a few verses on the tree of life. I choose life!

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

Genesis 3:17 Then to Adam He said, “Because you have heeded the voice of your wife, and have eaten from the tree of which I commanded you, saying, ‘You shall not eat of it’: “Cursed is the ground for your sake; In toil you shall eat of it All the days of your life.

Genesis 3:22 Then the Lord God said, “Behold, the man has become like one of Us, to know good and evil. And now, lest he put out his hand and take also of the tree of life, and eat, and live forever”—

Genesis 3:24 So He drove out the man; and He placed cherubim at the east of the garden of Eden, and a flaming sword which turned every way, to guard the way to the tree of life.
If man had been allowed to continue to eat of the tree of life, we would have never faced death and never been offered forgiveness. The tree of life would have given us life forever but limited to a life without God's presence. Immediately Adam and Eve hid from God when he came calling. In the presence of sin, we hide from God. After forgiveness, we are free to come into his presence once again.

Those who have given their heart to Jesus have been given access to life again. That eternal life that comes only from God. Forgiveness of sins is the guarantee that we will live forever with God and eat from the tree of life once again and this time eternally! However we have his life now. It's not something we wait for because he feeds us daily as we take hold!

Proverbs 3:18 She is a tree of life to those who take hold of her, And happy are all who retain her.

Proverbs 11:30 The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life, And he who wins souls is wise.

Proverbs 13:12 Hope deferred makes the heart sick, But when the desire comes, it is a tree of life.

Proverbs 15:4 A wholesome tongue is a tree of life, But perverseness in it breaks the spirit.

Revelation 2:7“He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. To him who overcomes I will give to eat from the tree of life, which is in the midst of the Paradise of God.”’

Revelation 22:2 In the middle of its street, and on either side of the river, was the tree of life, which bore twelve fruits, each tree yielding its fruit every month. The leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations.

Revelation 22:14 Blessed are those who do His commandments, that they may have the right to the tree of life, and may enter through the gates into the city.

I choose life!