The tree of life in the Bible gives eternal life which is something only God can give to mankind. Then, what is the meaning of the Tree of Life in the Bible and how can we eat from it?
Eternal Life is Only Given by God
God is the only eternal being and therefore only God can give humans beings eternal life.
1 Thessalonians 6:15-16 which God will bring about in his own time—God, the blessed and only Ruler, the King of kings and Lord of lords, who alone is immortal and who lives in unapproachable light, whom no one has seen or can see. To him be honor and might forever. Amen.
God alone is immortal therefore only God has immortality to give. Since all men are groaning in the agony of death due to our sins there is no way for us to get rid of the sin on our own. Instead, we were all doomed to die due to our sins.
Romans 6:23 For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Romans 3:23 for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God
Since we are all sinners destined to die, God took pity on us and came to this earth to forgive our sins.
John 10:10 The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.
The reason God came to earth 2000 years ago is to give human beings forgiveness and life to the full, in other words, eternal life. Since Jesus appeared and brought the way of salvation he taught us the way to be forgiven of our sins.
The Tree of Life which Gives Eternal Life
When God came he opened the way for us mortal beings to be forgiven and go to heaven. However, his teachings were not always direct. He used many parables in teaching the way of salvation. When speaking in parables some received and many did not understand.
Matthew 13:10-11 The disciples came to him and asked, “Why do you speak to the people in parables?” He replied, “Because the knowledge of the secrets of the kingdom of heaven has been given to you, but not to them.
Here Jesus spoke in parables because they contain the secrets of the kingdom of heaven.
Matthew 13:34-35 Jesus spoke all these things to the crowd in parables; he did not say anything to them without using a parable. So was fulfilled what was spoken through the prophet: “I will open my mouth in parables, I will utter things hidden since the creation of the world.”
Jesus said there are secrets about heaven hidden since the creation of the world. We can find God’s creation in the book of Genesis. So ultimately we can find the secrets leading to heaven in Genesis.
Genesis 2:17 but you must not eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, for when you eat from it you will certainly die.”
God commanded Adam and Eve not to eat from the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil. However, Adam and Eve ate from the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil and eventually came to die. This is the story of how all mankind came to sin and die now.
Genesis 3:22-24 And the Lord God said, “The man has now become like one of us, knowing good and evil. He must not be allowed to reach out his hand and take also from the tree of life and eat, and live forever.” So the Lord God banished him from the Garden of Eden to work the ground from which he had been taken. After he drove the man out, he placed on the east side of the Garden of Eden cherubim and a flaming sword flashing back and forth to guard the way to the tree of life.
After Adam and Eve sinned by eating from the tree of knowledge of good and evil they could have still eaten from the tree of life and come to live forever. However, God blocked the way to the tree of life. One thing to note is the characteristic of the tree of life, it gives eternal life. And Jesus came in the New Testament as the way to receive eternal life. This means there is a reality to the tree of life. Also, because God blocked the way to the tree of life who can open the way to it again? It is only God.
The Meaning of the Tree of Life in the Bible
Let us find out the reality or meaning of the tree of life which give eternal life through the words of Jesus in the Bible.
John 6:53-54 Jesus said to them, “Very truly I tell you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood, you have no life in you. Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life, and I will raise them up at the last day.
In the New Testament times, Jesus said His flesh and blood give eternal life. In the Garden of Eden the tree of life gave eternal life. Therefore we can come to know the reality of the tree of life is Jesus’ flesh and blood. God came 2000 years ago in the flesh to open the way to the tree of life since only God can give eternal life which was once blocked.
Luke 22:15 And he said to them, “I have eagerly desired to eat this Passover with you before I suffer.”
Luke 22:19-20 And he took bread, gave thanks and broke it, and gave it to them, saying, “This is my body given for you; do this in remembrance of me.” In the same way, after the supper he took the cup, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in my blood, which is poured out for you.
This is the scene of the New Covenant Passover, it was during the Passover that Jesus gave bread and wine representing His flesh and blood. Therefore it is only the new Covenant Passover ceremony where we can eat from the tree of life and receive the promise of eternal life.
In 325 AD about 300 years after Jesus left the earth, the New Covenant Passover was abolished at the council of Nicaea. Thus the way to eternal life was blocked again.
However, God is concerned for the salvation of all mankind said He would come to this earth a second time to restore the way to eternal life since only God can give eternal life.
Hebrews 9:28 so Christ was sacrificed once to take away the sins of many; and he will appear a second time, not to bear sin, but to bring salvation to those who are waiting for him.
It was prophesied Christ would appear will appear a second time. 2000 years ago how did He appear at His first coming? It was in the flesh. Therefore He will appear again in the flesh to bring salvation, opening up the way to the tree of life once again since the way was blocked. Then in these last days who is the one who appeared with salvation, the New Covenant Passover? It is the Second Coming Christ Ahnsahnghong. The one who opened the way to eternal life so that we can receive salvation is Christ Ahnsahnghong. Therefore, let us receive Christ Ahnsahnghong and the salvation he has brought us in the Church of God.