The Way of the Tree of Life

Did you know that you are an exile? Much as the Jewish people endure the punishment of exile from the holy land, all humanity suffers in exile—driven from the delights of paradise and the potential of eternal life

The LORD exiled Adam and Eve from the garden. It was an act of mercy. Had they remained in the garden, they might have eaten of the fruit of the Tree of Life. God did not create them immortal, yet He left immortality hanging within their grasp. They only needed to reach out and eat of the fruit of the Tree of Life, and that fruit was never forbidden them. Should they do so in their fallen state, they would have been consigned to an immortal existence in rebellion against God, not unlike the Devil, unredeemed and unredeemable for all of eternity: an eternal life of endless death.

In His abundant mercy, God exiled them from paradise and banned them from immortality:

Then the LORD God said, “Behold, the man has become like one of Us, knowing good and evil; and now, he might stretch out his hand, and take also from the tree of life, and eat, and live forever”—therefore the LORD God sent him out from the garden of Eden, to cultivate the ground from which he was taken. (Genesis 3:22-23)

God created our souls and our bodies for the Garden of Delight. In some spiritual memory, every human being can still recall the taste of the fruit of the garden. Human beings have a longing wired into their hearts for the place of God, a desire we cannot quite articulate. We thirst for water we have never tasted. We long for fruit we have never eaten. We hunger and thirst for the presence of God. That’s why you are reading these words. That’s why we are always seeking to fill the empty places of our lives, and it is why we are prone to addictions, sensuality, and self-destructive behaviors. We are longing for Eden.

The exile from the garden corresponds to Israel’s exile from the land and this current exile we endure. When the kingdom comes, Israel will return to the land, and the exile will be over. The gates of Eden will open, and we will return to the presence of God. Then all humanity will know the LORD.

So He drove the man out; and at the east of the garden of Eden He stationed the cherubim and the flaming sword which turned every direction to guard the way to the tree of life. (Genesis 3:24)

There is a way back to Eden, past the flaming sword and between the cherubim. The Torah calls this the “derech etz haChayim” the “way of the tree of life.” The word “way (derech, דרך)” appears first in Genesis 3:24. The cherubim embroidered in the Temple curtains allude to the way of the tree of life. They stand sentry before the holy of holies and the presence of God, just as the cherubim in Genesis guard the way to the tree of life. This may be one of the meanings of the rending of the Temple curtain when the Master died. He has made the way between the cherubim. He Himself is “The Way, the Truth and the Life.” The early sect of Jewish believers who followed Him and believed Him called themselves, “The Way.” He has made the way through the curtain, into the garden, to holy of holies and the tree of life.

We have confidence to enter the holy place by the blood of Yeshua, by a new and living way which He inaugurated for us through the veil, that is, His flesh. (Hebrews 10:19-20)

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There are days I feel so miserable, even in the sufficiency of life, when my eyes is not directly set on Christ Jesus. There is a new generation of believers, who are by faith, willing to draw from the abundance of the riches of Christ, because they have come to realize the insufficiency and frailty of their mortal life, without Christ. Welcome to a new era, where wise men are retreating to seek the face of Christ, to grow into intimacy in His presence, and mature into a stature of true overcomers

Colossians‬ ‭1:27-28‬ ‭CSB‬‬ “God wanted to make known among the Gentiles the glorious wealth of this mystery, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory. We proclaim him, warning and teaching everyone with all wisdom, so that we may present everyone mature in Christ.”

Are you ready to cash out? To be mature in Christ is to be rich in the multifaceted realities of God which is domiciled in Christ Jesus. The goal of the gospel is to draw fallen, bankrupt men, into a life of the divine economy, which is Christ Jesus, to be the expressive application in our born again spirit. God want to mirror His life in us, so His household; the church, can relate with Him in love, and touch the world in accordance with His purpose and plans.

Such men, who have yielded themselves to the government from above, they do not live from the inclinations of the soul life, which is their individual self, corrupted by the fall. Jesus, in the gospel of Mathew, admonished us, through the disciples, to deny “that self life” which seeks to rebel at any given time against the government of the Father, seeking personal ambitions as opposed to Gods will. “Then Jesus said to his disciples, “If anyone wants to follow after me, let him deny himself, take up his cross, and follow me.”
‭‭Matthew‬ ‭16:24‬ ‭CSB‬‬

The wealth of God is the Christ, and the poverty of men is to be alive without Christ

Through personal observations, I see a church, who is rich in earth goods but deprived of the rich and fuller life of God. The difference between the church and the world is the source of our life. We are not competing with the world on the same stage of life. Though we are in the world yet we are not from the world. The life we live is supplied from the glorious wealth of the mystery, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory. The world operates from the economy of the self, corrupted by sin but Jesus is the head of the church and it is through His life we live, move and have our being. This rich well should not be filled with stones and covered with man made traditions. It is time to draw from the wells of our salvation [See Isaiah 12:1-5]

One of the key component of exercising ourselves in this all inclusive riches of Christ is humility. The worlds approach to life is based on natural prowess and abilities. The world depends solely on self efforts. That is the bottom line of every human enterprise. So the goal of the world is self development and living to please self and fulfill personal ambitions and vain glory. On the side of the church, we outsource our life from Christ, and in order to do so, one must come to the end of self and solely depend on the supply of God from the riches of Christ Jesus in our born again spirit. This was epitomized in life of Paul when he was converted into Christ. He trumpeted so loudly… “Christ lives in me”

Galatians‬ ‭2:20‬ ‭CSB “I have been crucified with Christ, and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.”‬‬

Many people do not know Christ from this end. Do you know why? Because Christ is not the life we live. It took me many years before I saw the light of Christ being the life I have to yield to in my everyday life, if I want to please the Father in my vessel. Until we grasp the rich life of God in our born again spirit, and by faith aligned with that rich life in our renewed minds, We will continue our walk on the same path like unbelievers, who depend on the god of self in all things. Most of us in the body of Christ see Christ Jesus as the option for our personal ambitions and journey when the going gets tough for us. In our hearts, we are saying; “Jesus handle the tough challenges and let us deal with the day to day familiar life.” Jesus want to be Lord in every detail of our lives. If we see that, we will learn to trust Him and get Him involved in everything. That is what true Christianity is

To live like that makes us carnal in most part of our daily lives. We use our carnal judgements, and approach everything, disconnected from our source. Just as we received Christ, we must continue in Him to the end. He is our life from the start to the end. And just as we received Christ, not on the basis of our human strength, we should love, pray, give, smile, plan, work, and impact every space of this life in the fullness of His life. Positionally, we may confess that Christ is our wisdom, redemption, and righteousness, and that is an undeniable truth in Christ and yet experientially be bankrupt in all these areas in our life. Confessing truth does not mean in practice, our lives are yielded to that higher life to manipulate many of our decisions. [ See James 4:6, 2 Corinthians 1210, Galatians 2:20-21, Colossians 1:18-20, Ephesians 3:7-10, John 3:6-7]

“This grace was given to me — the least of all the saints — to proclaim to the Gentiles the incalculable riches of Christ, and to shed light for all about the administration of the mystery hidden for ages in God who created all things. This is so that God’s multi-faceted wisdom may now be made known through the church to the rulers and authorities in the heavens. This is according to his eternal purpose accomplished in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
‭‭Ephesians‬ ‭3:8-11‬ ‭CSB‬‬

Christ Jesus is the compendium of the wealth of God for the enrichment of the church.

He is not just an experience we waiting for in the distant future. He is the true riches of God for our exploration and enjoyment today, and tomorrow, and forevermore

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