Monday, September 19, 2016

As It Was Before!

If you have ears, listen to what the Spirit says to the churches. I will let everyone who wins the victory eat from the life-giving tree in God's wonderful garden.

Revelation 2: 7

When God first made man He put Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden.  It was a garden without weeds and there were no thorns or poison ivy!  The beauty of the Garden of Eden is really beyond our ability to comprehend.  Adam and Eve were able to live in that garden and eat from any tree in the Garden except the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil. 

The Tree of Life was also in that Garden, but they were not forbidden to eat from that tree until after they sinned.  So you could ask the question: How long had Adam and Eve been living in the Garden of Eden before the Snake tempted Eve and they both ate from the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil?  The Bible doesn’t answer that question, but we might assume that they had been consuming fruit from the Tree of Life until God threw them out of the Garden of Eden so that they could no longer eat of it!  

Adam and Eve were created to live forever and not die, and were on that path when Sin stopped their progress through Eternity!  Perhaps death came to Adam and Eve because they could no longer eat from the Tree of Life.  And of course, all men now die as we have no access to the Garden of God where that tree still lives!

But the victory that will come to all who follow Jesus is this: They will be allowed to eat from the Tree of Life in the Garden of God and live forever!  It will be again as it was before!  

“Lord Jesus, thank You for providing a way for all who come to You to live forever with You in Heaven where we will eat from the Tree that brings life in God’s Garden!  Praise Your Name forever.  Amen.”

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