The Tree of Life;
Baptized by the Holy Spirit and Fire
Those prepared by the Holy Spirit and fire will be able to partake of the Tree of Life; the Tree that brings eternal life. Matthew 3:11
Genesis 3:22-24 Then the LORD God said, “Behold, the man has become like one of Us, to know good and evil. And now, lest he put out his hand and take also of the tree of life, and eat, and live forever”– therefore the LORD God sent him out of the garden of Eden to till the ground from which he was taken. So He drove out the man; and He placed cherubim at the east of the garden of Eden, and a flaming sword which turned every way, to guard the way to the tree of life.
Hebrews 12:4 For the word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.
Hebrews 12:29 For our God is a consuming fire.
The Tree of Life is guarded by a flaming sword. The Tree is the spirit of eternal life, and the flaming sword, the Word of God. We must traverse through and with the Word of God and become One with the Word to transition into eternal life. Revelation 19:13, Galatians 2:20, John 6:45
A New Mind
The spirit of eternal life was cut off from Adam and Eve when they dismissed the commandment of God, thus they would die. The moment they chose to go contrary to the will of God, the disease of sin entered their mind. Like a cancer it took over their mind, transgression became a part of mankind, and a world of death was created. As is your mind, so you create. This is the problem that has plagued our world.
Adam and Eve revealed to us that mankind could and would stray from the realm of God’s will. They had abundant freedom, yet in their lust to be wise of themselves they chose to ignore God’s instruction. In love, the Father would destroy the mind of corruption by destroying their desire to chose their own way and give them a desire for a new mind, in which they would never stray. Walking in the shadow of death taught them and all those who would come through them what a mind contrary to God manifests. Thus, a desire for His mind is created.
The new mind they would receive would not only be able to connect with the Father, but also be a part of Him. In being a part of His mind; they would never go contrary to it. But they and all those born from them would have to choose to have His mind; for love chooses to love.
Through Christ, the Word, the door, the way and the bread of life, a new mind is established in us. He is our grace, power and Teacher to create in us this new mind; one surrendered fully to the will of God and operating by His wisdom alone; a lesson we all have to learn from our lives so that in truth we can chose His mind. Matthew 23:8
The Eternal Spirit
Now as the end of this age draws to a close and a new one begins; the minds prepared by the Spirit of truth, by feasting on truth, will be united with the life-giving spirit; the Tree of Life.
For those who diligently seek, who aren’t to busy with the cares of the world to be with the Teacher, they will partake of the Tree of Life. Matthew 22 They are clothed by the Holy Spirit, the living waters, with truth. They see the death they create by their corrupted minds and give it ALL up to have a new mind, the mind of Christ; demonstrated by the obedience they possess that springs out of love. Matthew 16:25 They understand what they are giving up and what they are gaining. They hunger and thirst for righteousness; now more than ever as the life-giving spirit draws close. These are the peacemakers; the sons of God to be revealed. Matthew 5:6,9, Romans 8:14-19
These who have the oil of truth, the living waters, are on their journey to meet with the Bridegroom as their souls are being knit to His, and thus to eat of the Tree of Life.
They have passed through the refining fire. Even now it smolders burning the residue of the fallen flesh they have forsaken for garments of immortality. They have bought and sold, not with the world, but with Christ Himself, the true Teacher of Righteousness. Revelation 3:18 They sought for the One, the Spirit beyond all images and words, and found a love so pure. John 5:39-40 They’ve been chiseled, crafted, shaped, pruned and suffered in the flesh as it burned away. John 15:2, 1 Peter 4:1
They are moving ever closer to the union they seek with the One they’ve come to know and love. They hear His voice. They follow His lead. His words and faith have been sown into their souls. They know without the union of oneness with their Lord, they are nothing and can do nothing. They have been marked by their Father; sealed by His Spirit. They know the Father and the Father knows them for their relationship and life are their testimony. John 17:3
As they come to feast and dine with Christ, they will start to bloom and reveal the magnificent glory of Christ. They will shine His peace, radiant His love, honor, loving-kindness, abide in His Sabbath rest, and expand their territory. They will become fields of wheat … protected in the true sanctuary of their Father in whom they trust.
All those who desire to come to eternal life must pass through the fire, the flaming sword of truth that destroys all that is not of the purest love.
Mark 9:49 For everyone will be seasoned with fire, and every sacrifice will be seasoned with salt.
Revelation 1:16 He had in His right hand seven stars, out of His mouth went a sharp two-edged sword, and His countenance was like the sun shining in its strength.
Revelation 2:16 Repent, or else I will come to you quickly and will fight against them with the sword of My mouth.
Revelation 19:15 Now out of His mouth goes a sharp sword, that with it He should strike the nations. And He Himself will rule them with a rod of iron. He Himself treads the winepress of the fierceness and wrath of Almighty God.
2 Thessalonians 1:7-8 and to give you who are troubled rest with us when the Lord Jesus is revealed from heaven with His mighty angels, in flaming fire taking vengeance on those who do not know God, and on those who do not obey the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ.
November 14, 2012 at 8:12 pm