The Tree of Life in the Garden and the City

Jesus Christ, our tree of lifeThree weeks ago I wrote about similarities between the garden of Eden and New Jerusalem. The posts since then have looked at God in the garden and the city, then man in the garden and the city. Now we come to the tree of life.

Genesis 2:9 tells us, “And out of the ground Jehovah God caused to grow every tree that is pleasant to the sight and good for food, as well as the tree of life in the middle of the garden and the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.” Revelation 22:1-2 says, “He showed me a river of water of life…And on this side and on that side of the river was the tree of life…”

The tree of life in the garden indicates that God’s desire is to be life to man. God’s desire is not to save man from sinning (although that does happen) because there was no sin when God put man in the garden with the tree of life. God’s desire to be life to man is so that man can express God. God redeemed man from sin and forgives us of every sin to cleanse us so that we may receive Him as life and thereby express Him.

Due to the fall of man in Genesis 3, it was not possible for Old Testament people to receive God as their life. But in the New Testament, Christ has redeemed us and has released the divine, uncreated, eternal, boundless life for us to receive. Now we can believe into Him and declare “Christ is our life” (Colossians 3:4).

Humanly, when we are born we have the human life. Then we need to eat multiple times per day to receive the life supply to live. Likewise, when we are born again, we have the eternal life. Then we need to receive the daily supply so that we may live this life. In John 6:57 the Lord told us, “he who eats Me, he also shall live because of Me.” The tree of life in New Jerusalem shows that even in eternity we will eat of Jesus and live because of Him.

Related posts:
God presents Himself to Man as the Tree of Life
Christ as the Reality of the Tree of Life
The Tree of Life is Available Today
Christ is Our Tree of Life

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  1. God then says that the serpent who “beguiled” Eve was “cursed; upon your belly you shall go, and dust you shall eat all the days of your life.” And Adam and Eve were told their life would be a hard one now. God then drove them out of the garden and we read “at the east of the garden of Eden He placed the cherubim, and a flaming sword which turned every way, to guard the way to the tree of life” (Gen. 3:24).


    • Yes, at the end of Genesis 3 man was shut out from the tree of life. Later, through being born into humanity, living a human life, dying on the cross, and being raised from the dead, Jesus made the divine life available to men. He is the life, the divine, uncreated life. And everyone who believes into Him receives Him as eternal life—John 3:15-16, 36.


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