Monday, August 29, 2005

The Tree of Life

The tree of life was also in the midst of the garden. (Genesis 2:9)
Though mankind lost access to the tree of life through the disobedience of Adam and Eve, it was not lost forever. God has never abandoned His people, but has made a way for us to enjoy the abundance of His life.

The Word of God is the tree of life.
Psalm 1 speaks of the man who delights in the Word of God and makes it his constant meditation: “He shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that brings forth its fruit in its season, whose leaf also shall not wither, and whatever he does shall prosper” (Psalm 1:3). Consider the life of this tree:
  • It is planted by rivers of water. Jesus said, “He who believes in Me, as the Scripture has said, out of his heart will flow rivers of living water” (John7:38 — verse 39 identifies this flow as the Holy Spirit).
  • It brings forth its fruit in its season. There is an appropriate fruit for every season and it will always come out at the right time.
  • Its leaf shall not wither. “The righteous shall flourish like a palm tree, he shall grow like a cedar in Lebanon. Those who are planted in the house of the LORD shall flourish in the courts of our God. The shall still bear fruit in old age; they shall be fresh and flourishing, to declare that the LORD is upright” (Psalm 92:12-15).
  • It prospers in all things. “Beloved, I pray that you may prosper in all things and be in health, just as your soul prospers” (3 John 2).
The Lord Jesus Christ is the tree of life.
He is the living Word who took on human flesh to dwell among us (John 1:14). By nailing our sins to the tree of death He has reconciled all who receive Him to the Father. He is the life-giving, fruit-generating vine in John 15:
I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing … If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, you will ask what you desire, and it shall be done for you. By this My Father is glorified, that you bear much fruit; so you will be My disciples. As the Father love Me, I also have loved you; abide in My love. If you keep my commandments, you will abide in My love, just as I have kept My Father’s commandments and abide in His love. These things I have spoken to you that My joy may remain in you, and that your joy may be full. This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you. (John 15:5,7-12)
Consider the overflow of the divine life we experience by abiding in Jesus:
  • Abundance of fruit.
  • Fulfillment of every good desire.
  • The revelation of the Father’s glory.
  • Abiding in the love of God through Jesus Christ.
  • Fullness of joy.
  • Divine love working through us.
The Holy Spirit is the tree of life.
The Holy Spirit is the Spirit of life. “For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has made me free from the law of sin and death” (Romans 8:2). There is no law that can stand up against the work of the Holy Spirit in your life, no law that can now take away the life of the Holy Spirit in you, not even the law of sin and death. “If the Spirit of Him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, He who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through His Spirit who dwells in you” (Romans 8:11).

The fruit of the Spirit is the overflow of our life in Christ:
The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness [faith], gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law. (Galatians 5:22-23)
God has given His Word, His Son and His Spirit to restore to you the tree of life. Immerse yourself in His Word, believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and yield yourself to the work of the Holy Spirit. You will experience rivers of living water flowing from your inner being to bless the world as well as your own life. Love, joy, peace and all the fruits of the Spirit will be in you in abundance. You will begin to lay hold of life, health and prosperity and experience the glory of God changing your world. This life will be at work in you even in old age and you will be fresh and flourishing in the courts of the LORD to declare His rightness. In short, you will discover the tree of life.