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The Tree of Life

Tree of Life


   The first time of “The Tree of Life” appeared in the Bible is Genesis 2:9 “And out of the ground the YHWH God made to spring up every tree that is pleasant to the sight and good for food. The tree of life was in the midst of the garden, and the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.”


    The second time was Adam and Eve who rebelled God and ate the fruit of tree of the knowledge of good and evil. Genesis 3:22 says, “Then the YHWH God said, “Behold, the man has become like one of us in knowing good and evil. Now, lest he reach out his hand and take also of the tree of life and eat, and live forever—” After they were sinned, they may ate the fruit of tree of life, so God didn’t let them live in Eden.


   After that “The Tree of Life” disappeared, and appeared in Revelation 2:7, and 22:2,14,19 again. Revelation 22:2 says, “ through the middle of the street of the city; also, on either side of the river, the tree of life with its twelve kinds of fruit, yielding its fruit each month. The leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations.” The last chapter of the Bible’s Revelation says human will regain health and everlasting life.


What is the purpose of Tree of Life?


   The Tree of life was created by Jehovah God for Adam(human). What does it mean? That means Adam could not live forever by eating any other trees fruit. He needs to eat the fruit of the Tree of Life within a period, so that it can extends his life to forever. Why we can say that? What is the role of Tree of Life? Yes, the purpose of Tree of Life is to let Adam live forever, if Adam and Eve can have eternal life by eating any other trees fruits, then the Tree of life is meaningless, and God no needs to create it. Obviously, the only way for Adam to gain eternal life is through eating the fruit of The Tree of Life.


Since humans, animals and plants have metabolic functions, old cells will be died and replaced with new ones, this made living things can grow up and repairing themselves. Animals and plants have reproduction, growth, death and elements transformation stages. This is an important part of the Cycle of the natural world, otherwise the natural world sustainable system will be stopped. So not all living things can enjoy the grace of eternal life but humans only.


   Genesis 3:22 says “Then the YHWH God said, “Behold, the man has become like one of us in knowing good and evil. Now, lest he reach out his hand and take also of the tree of life and eat, and live forever—”


What does it mean? It tells us if Adam can eat the fruit of the Tree of Life he can live forever, even “after sinned”. That means it provide some necessary things that we don’t know what’s that, to extend his life to forever, even they were sinned. That was the original status of humans and Tree of Life. Actually, it is a unique and the special grace gift that God only gives to humans, for us to have everlasting life, because man is created in the image of Jehovah God and God loves human.


   In other words, if human don’t eat the fruit of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, yes they won’t die and can live forever. But if he also doesn’t eat the fruit of the tree of life, will he live forever? If the answer is “yes”, then what is the role of the tree of life? For him no needs to eat tree of life but also can gain eternal life.


So obviously, human beings are no difference with the animals, they all experience aging and death. But because of God’s special kindness grace, he designed and created the Tree of life for human, give us the everlasting life grace. Clearly, humans need to eat the fruit of the tree of life to extend their life.


So is that because Adam ate the fruit of “tree of the knowledge of good and evil” and caused human death? No, human beings death because they cannot eat the fruit of the Tree of life. But didn’t God say if human eat the fruit of the “tree of the knowledge of good and evil” would be death? Yes, it is the only way but not direct cause the human death. Because God didn’t let them eat the fruit of the tree of life after they were sinned, they couldn’t enjoy God’s grace any more.



   One question, do you think God expect Adam and Eve eat the fruit of the “tree of the knowledge of good and evil” or not? You may say, “Absolutely not!”.


Genesis 2:17 God warned “ but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat of it you shall surely die.”


God expected Adam live forever otherwise He wouldn’t create the tree of life, and gave him an order that did not eat the fruit of the tree of knowledge of good and evil.


James 1:17 says “Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change.”


   May you have a test of math problem and please calculate, how long will this earth over the limit of humans capacity if all people no need to die? Let’s make it simple if (2+2) for Adam’s first generation, (4+4) for second generation, (8+8) for third generation…. How long? One thousand years? Ten thousand years?


If all people no need to die, how can this earth hold those many people? Have you ever asked this question? Do you think God knows the answer when He created the Tree of Life and expected human live forever? If He knows the answer, will He has solution and ready prepared to solve this problem? Do you trust our God in Faith?


   Finally, the ‘Tree of life’ appeared in the Revelation, that means in the future, our sins will be forgiven through the ransom of the Lord Jesus Christ, and Jehovah God will give us the tree of life again.


Revelation 22:2,3 says, “through the middle of the street of the city; also, on either side of the river, the tree of life with its twelve kinds of fruit, yielding its fruit each month. The leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations. No longer will there be anything accursed, but the throne of God and of the Lamb will be in it, and his servants will worship him”.

Tree of Life of New Jerusalem
Tree of Life of New Jerusalem

In the future, God will give the tree of life to all nations again, and there will be no more cursed. Unlike other fruits that bear fruits once a year, it bear 12 kinds fruits every month, supplying for a huge of human needs continuously and forever . At that time, we can regain health, youth, and immortality.


Revelation 21:3, 4 says, “And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Behold, the dwelling place of God is with man. He will dwell with them, and they will be his people, and God himself will be with them as their God. He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away.”


Let’s Prayer


   Jehovah God, our heavenly Father, may your name be holy, and may your kingdom come. Since our body are made up of biological cells, we should age and die like other creatures. But because of your love and goodness, we are different and unique, for you created the tree of life to us, so that we can enjoy your grace having eternal life.


Indeed, we admit that we are sinners, and please forgive us. You Love us, and we love you too. Please give eternal life to your people again. Amen. Our heavenly Father please come, and wipe away our sorrow, pain, tears, and death. May we all give the Glory, Praise, and Gratitude to you and your beloved son Jesus Christ forever and ever. Amen.

Prayer is also in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ. Amen.

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