The Tree Of Life
Genesis 2:9: And out of the ground made the LORD God to grow every tree that is pleasant to the sight, and good for food; the tree of life also in the midst of the garden, and the tree of knowledge of good and evil.
Genesis 3:22: And the LORD God said, Behold, the man is become as one of us, to know good and evil: and now, lest he put forth his hand, and take also of the tree of life, and eat, and live for ever: 23 Therefore the LORD God sent him forth from the garden of Eden, to till the ground from whence he was taken. 24 So he drove out the man; and he placed at the east of the garden of Eden Cherubims, and a flaming sword which turned every way, to keep the way of the tree of life.
A number of Bible teachers have speculated that if Adam and Eve had eaten of the tree of life after they ate the forbidden fruit they would have lived forever in a sinful state, multiplying and waxing worse and worse, and this world would have become horrible beyond imagination. The tree of life was available to Adam and Eve before they ate the forbidden fruit but not after. The Tree of Life is now in Heaven and will be available forever.
Revelation 2:7: He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches; To him that overcometh will I give to eat of the tree of life, which is in the midst of the paradise of God.
Revelation 22:2: In the midst of the street of it, and on either side of the river, was there the tree of life, which bare twelve manner of fruits, and yielded her fruit every month: and the leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations.
Revelation 22:14: Blessed are they that do his commandments, that they may have right to the tree of life, and may enter in through the gates into the city.
It is likely that this tree of life which was placed in the midst of the garden was intended as an emblem of that life which man should ever live, provided he continued in obedience to his Maker. And probably the use of this tree was intended as the means of preserving the body of man in a state of continual vital energy, and an antidote against death.
Family Bible Notes:
The tree of life; whose fruit would be to man, if obedient, a pledge of endless life.
And the Lord God furnished and adorned that garden, with variety of goodly and pleasant plants, that might be delectable either to the eye or to the taste, or wholesome for nourishment, and, amongst the rest, caused to grow there, that flourishing and sacramental Tree of Life; which, as it had virtue to preserve the natural life, so served to signify both that eternal life of glory and blessedness in heaven, and the only author of that eternal life, Jesus Christ; and therewith also, that fatal Tree of Knowledge, the eating whereof should cause man, who before knew only good, to have a woeful knowledge and experience of evil.
John 10:28: And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand.
John 14:6: Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.
Acts 4:12: Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.
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