The Secret Hidden in the Tree of Life

November 18, 2022
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Have you ever heard of the Tree of Life in the Garden of Eden? What is the meaning of the tree of life in the Bible? We, Christians, are very familiar with the Tree of the knowledge of good and evil  that brought death to all mankind, however, not many people know about the Tree of life. Though they knew the cause of death, most people do not seek for the solution of death, that is eternal life.

Tree of Life: The Secret Hidden Since the Creation of the World

There is a question that we usually neglect to think of: Why is mankind bound to death? Is there no solution for this problem? Or do we just accept this as our fate without aiming for more? Of course, our destiny is beyond our control but there must be a way to escape this kind of terrible destiny so that the Bible says that God is grace and mercy.

There is a saying where there is a problem, there is a solution. For the people of God, God already hid the truth to eternal life through a parable. Let’s begin to study the meaning of the tree of life in the Bible.

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.”

What did Jesus say in the above verse? He said that through parables, he uttered the hidden things since the creation the world. This means that there are secrets hidden since the creation of the world. Which book of the Bible contains the records about the creation of the world? That is the book of Genesis. Can we find the secret to eternal life in the book of Genesis? Yes! Let’s see the book of Genesis to prove this.

The Meaning of the Tree of Life in the Bible

God put Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden where the two trees that are responsible for life and death are planted: the tree of the life and the tree of the knowledge of good and evil (Ge 2:9).

Genesis 2:16-17 And the Lord God commanded the man, “You are free to eat from any tree in the garden; 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 said in His words, “If you eat the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, you will surely die.” True to God’s words, when Adam and Eve sinned by disobeying God’s words, they came to die. As a result, all humankind is already bound to death without knowing the way to live. So this is the origin of death. As the saying goes, where there is a problem, there is a solution, just like solving a criminal case within the crime scene. Therefore, we can also find the way to eternal life, the solution to death in the Garden of Eden. Let’s see about this.

Genesis 3:22 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.”

After Adam and Eve sinned, God said, “He must not be allowed to reach out his hand and take also from the tree of life and eat, and live forever”. Doesn’t this mean that if they eat from the tree of life even after they sinned, they are given the chance to live forever just like they were before? Yes, sinners can live forever if only they could eat from the tree of life! So we can understand that God had already written the solution to our death through the parable in the Garden of Eden, that is to eat from the fruit of the tree of life. That is why Jesus said that he would utter things (about our salvation) hidden even from the book of Genesis. Let’s continue to read.

Genesis 3:23-24 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.

The words “he must not be allowed to reach out his hand” and “He placed a cherubim to guard the way to the tree of life” means that God  blocked the way to the tree of life so that sinners could no longer receive eternal life and die eventually.  This is our miserable fate. Then, is there no way to reach the tree of life? Who blocked the access to the tree of life? God! Only who can open the way to it? Only God! This is why we need to seek God who has the authority to the tree of life that brings eternal life. If so, where is the tree of life now?

The Reality of the Tree of Life is the Passover of the New Covenant

The Tree of Life in Eden is just a parable. The reality is found in the words of Jesus. Let’s see about this.

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.

Jesus Himself said, “Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life”. In the Garden of Eden, what should a sinner eat to live forever? It is the fruit of the tree of life. However, Jesus said that when we eat His flesh and drink His blood, we can have eternal life. Through this we can understand the relationship between the tree of life and the flesh and blood of Jesus. The tree of life is a shadow and its reality is the flesh and blood of Jesus. If we eat the flesh and drink the blood of Jesus, we can eat from the fruit of the tree of life and receive eternal life. How then can we eat Jesus’ flesh and blood?

Matthew 26:17-19 On the first day of the Festival of Unleavened Bread, the disciples came to Jesus and asked, “Where do you want us to make preparations for you to eat the Passover?” He replied, “Go into the city to a certain man and tell him, ‘The Teacher says: My appointed time is near. I am going to celebrate the Passover with my disciples at your house.’” So the disciples did as Jesus had directed them and prepared the Passover.

This is when Jesus celebrated the Passover ceremony with His disciples. Let’s continue to see this.

Matthew 26:26-28 While they were eating, Jesus took bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it and gave it to his disciples, saying, “Take and eat; this is my body.” Then he took a cup, and when he had given thanks, he gave it to them, saying, “Drink from it, all of you. This is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins.

Here, Jesus said the Passover bread is “My Flesh”, and the Passover wine, “My Blood”. When we eat Jesus’ flesh and drink His blood through the Passover ceremony, we can have eternal life. Therefore, it is clear to say that the reality of the fruit of the tree of life in the garden of Eden is the Passover of the New Covenant. Jesus Himself is the Tree of Life. So the solution to escape death and live forever is to celebrate the Passover of the New Covenant. This is the meaning of the Tree of Life.

God Himself is the Tree of Life

In the history of Eden, who blocked the way to the tree of life? It is God. If God blocked the way to the tree of life, then only who can open the way to the tree of life? It is only God Himself. This is why to give us this Tree of Life and save us sinners who are already slave to death, God Himself came to this earth. Let’s confirm about this.

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.

What does it mean that Jesus came to give us life? It means that he came to open the way to the tree of life so we can live forever. What is the truth of the tree of life through which we can live forever? It is the flesh and blood of Jesus through the Passover. This means that Jesus is God since he brought the tree of life, his flesh and blood through the Passover. The reality of the Tree of Life is God Himself. God Himself is the prophetic meaning of the tree of life in the Bible.

The Reason Christ Comes a Second Time

The tree of life which God Himself brought to us is the Passover. However, this was abolished by the devil in 325 AD. In this case, the tree of life was hidden once again. How can God’s people receive eternal life? Only God can bring the tree of life because it is His own flesh and blood. This is why Jesus prophesied that He would come again knowing that the devil will abolish the truth of the Passover.

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.

Jesus will come again to bring salvation, that is to bring eternal life. What must he bring from Eden when he comes a second time?  It is the tree of life. And what is the truth of the tree of life? It is the Passover of the New Covenant. So how would He bring this truth? He must come in the flesh to feed us with His flesh and blood just as He came in the flesh 2000 years ago. This means that the one who brought the Passover in these last days must be God, right? Who brought this Passover, the tree of life in these last days? It is none other than Christ Ahnsahnghong. He is the Second Coming Jesus and also God Himself.

Let’s celebrate the Passover, God’s own flesh and blood and receive eternal life to escape death. Let’s also receive Christ Ahnsahnghong as the Second Coming Jesus and believe in Him. After all, eternal life is the goal of our faith (1 Peter 1:9)