Biblical Interpretation from Someone with no Training in Biblical Interpretation
In the beginning, God made the earth (and everything else); for it is written, “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth” (Genesis 1:1). And on the earth he made a garden: “Now the Lord God had planted a garden in the east, in Eden; and there he put the man he had formed” (Genesis 2:8). And in that garden he placed two special trees,
And the Lord God made all kinds of trees grow out of the ground – trees that were pleasing to the eye and good for food. In the middle of the garden were the tree of life and the tree of the knowledge of good and evil (Genesis 2:9).
However, because Adam and Eve ate from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil they were expelled from the garden and denied access to the tree of life:
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 (Genesis 3:22-24).
Eventually, the garden (along with the rest of the world) was destroyed in a catastrophic global flood:
For forty days the flood kept coming on the earth, and as the waters increased they lifted the ark high above the earth. The waters rose and increased greatly on the earth, and the ark floated on the surface of the water. They rose greatly on the earth, and all the high mountains under the entire heavens were covered (Genesis 7:17-19).
And so the tree of life and its garden were lost forever.
…Well, not forever. At the end of days, when the kingdom of heaven comes to earth and those destined to eternal life roam once again, the tree of life will also return. We read,
Then the angel showed me the river of the water of life, as clear as crystal, flowing from the throne of God and of the Lamb down the middle of the great street of the city. On each side of the river stood the tree of life, bearing twelve crops of fruit, yielding its fruit every month. And the leaves of the tree are for the healing of the nations. No longer will there be any curse. The throne of God and of the Lamb will be in the city, and his servants will serve him (Revelation 22:1-3).
Finally, after the Lord comes and burns away the evil of the earth, those who were granted the privilege of living forever can once again partake of the tree of life!
But wait, something is off. If the Lord denied humanity access to the tree of life, then how can anyone live forever and see the tree again?
The Holy Spirit showed me the answer to this question in the first Psalm. The answer is that we still have access to the tree. Scripture says,
Blessed is the man
Who does not walk in the council of the wicked
Or stand in the way of sinners
Or sit in the seat of mockers.
But his delight is in the law of the Lord,
And on his law he meditates day and night.
He is like a tree planted by streams of water,
Which yields its fruit in season
And whose leaf does not wither.
Whatever he does prospers (Psalms 1:1-3).
Let’s see here; a tree by water, yielding fruit in season, magic leaves – this is the description of the tree of life in Revelation! But how can this be? The key is in the New Testament. Psalm 1 says that we should not sit “in the seat of mockers.” Who are mockers? Peter wrote about such people, “First of all, you must understand that in the last days scoffers will come, scoffing and following their own evil desires” (2 Peter 3:3). These people are unbelievers; which means that those who aren’t mockers (believers in the risen Jesus Christ) are given eternal life as though the tree was in their possession.
The other stipulation for accessing the tree of life is that people must be without sin (as sin cast us out of the Garden of Eden). Jesus has that covered. Hebrews 10:10 reminds us, “And by that will, we have been made holy through the sacrifice of the body of Jesus Christ one for all.” Through his death on a cross, those who come to Christ have been made holy; dying to their sins as he died. Paul explains it like this:
The death he died, he died to sin once for all; but the life he lives, he lives to God.
In the same way, count yourselves dead to sin but alive to God in Christ Jesus (Romans 6:10-11).
By accepting Jesus into your life you are made sinless and eat from the tree of life. Therefore you will live forever, even after your mortal body expires.
So come, eat from the tree and have a new life with Christ. The Bible tells us,
…That if you confess with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you confess and are saved (Romans 10:9-10).
And Jesus says to you, “Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with him, and he with me” (Revelation 3:20). If you hear Jesus knocking at the door of your heart, don’t deny him. Check out the Emergency Salvation Kit and give your life to Christ right now!