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The Way of the Tree of Life (Part I)

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The bible gives the account of God's actions in Genesis 3;22 after mankind fell in the Garden of Eden.

22 Then the LORD God said, “Behold, the man has become like one of us in knowing good and evil. Now, lest he reach out his hand and take also of the tree of life and eat, and live forever—”

Verse 22 indicates that once man has eaten of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil he has to be forbidden to eat of the Tree of Life. The truth of this matter is that God does this for the good of mankind. Let's look into the fate of satan and his fallen angels. They have no chance for salvation because they have known the way and purposely choose to rebel. Adam and Eve were disobedient but never really knew the way, so they were deceived into disobedience. satan and his angels are spirit beings and once fallen can never be purged.

Man was not filled with the Spirit of Life when he fell so his flesh (rather than his spirit) is forever condemned. Our sinful flesh can never see heaven. We will be given a new sinless body at our resurrection which we will posses forever. This new body will enable us to dwell physically in the presence of God.

Adam and Eve were living souls, but unlike satan have never partaken of the tree (Spirit) of Life. The Spirit of Life judges sin so the mixture will always mean spiritual death to the sinful one. The term live forever means that he would have been condemned to exist throughout eternity as a lost soul forever separated from God with no chance or atonement.

23 therefore the LORD God sent him out from the garden of Eden to work the ground from which he was taken. 24 He drove out the man, and at the east of the garden of Eden he placed the cherubim and a flaming sword that turned every way to guard the way to the tree of life.

Verse 24 indicates the reason for the cherubim. They were not there to keep the man out, but to guard the way of the tree of life. They are there to insure that the way back remains open.

John 14:6 reads; "Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. 7 If you had known me, you would have known my Father also. From now on you do know him and have seen him.”

When Adam and Eve fell God made the first sacrifice there in the garden. He sacrificed an animal and covered them with the skins. This sacrifice pointed forward to the redemption which would eventually come through the crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus. The angels placed there protected the place of sacrifice which kept the wrath of God from consuming the man and woman. They kept the "way," which was the place of sacrifice.

Adam knew of God but he did not have an intimate knowledge of him. There had to be a bridge to overcome the sin which made a relationship impossible. Jesus himself was that bridge. We will take a deeper look in part 2 of this article.

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