LIVE & LEARN: Jesus & Death

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This “realm of death” describes our former state, for we were held in sin’s grasp. But now, we’ve been resurrected out of that “realm of death” never to return, for we are forever alive and forgiven of all our sins! Colossians 2:13 TPT

Sin and death were never meant to be part of human existence.

Adam was made perfect – so was his wife, Eve. They were meant to continue the human line creating generations of perfect people who would live forever. However, in their perfect world, God planted a garden with many trees (Genesis 2:8 – 9). Two of the fruit-bearing trees had special significance. The first of these was called the TREE OF LIFE. This tree is seen throughout scripture and has much significance. Its fruit was to sustain life and its leaves were for healing (Revelation 2:7, Revelation 22:2).

The second tree was called the TREE OF KNOWLEDGE OF GOOD AND EVIL. Eating from this tree would remove all innocence – and would bring any who would eat from it into a partnership with death (Genesis 2:16 – 17).

Adam and Eve chose to partner (ISAIAH 28:15) with death by eating from the TREE OF KNOWLEDGE OF GOOD AND EVIL.

When Adam and Eve surrendered their ability to live eternally – their only hope of redeeming them from doom was the Tree of Life found in the home they were banished from.

If there was any hope of reversing our partnership with death… God would need to send us a “Second Adam” (1 Corinthians 15: 45 – 53) who would be

  • Sinless
  • perfect
  • human
  • divine

God had begotten a son from Himself (John 3:16, Psalm 2:7) that would carry God’s nature and seed… and merged it with the seed of a woman to form an earthly vessel – a Tree of Life.

This vessel was Jesus Christ, the son of God.

With Him, God placed all the hope of mankind.

Through Him, God had chosen to reverse the partnership mankind has with death. Jesus Christ would restore those who would believe in the resurrected Christ and obey His teachings (Hebrews 1:9).

While Adam and Eve were banished from eating from the Tree of Life in the Garden of Eden. Every barrier that would keep us away from Jesus Christ the Tree of Life, would fall (Matthew 27:51). Jesus Christ would give all who call on His name free access to Himself – and they would be saved (Romans 10:13). Everyone who belongs to Christ will be given new life (1 Corinthians 15: 20 – 26).

Colossians 2: 9 – 15 TPT

“For he (JESUS CHRIST) is the complete fullness of deity living in human form. And our own completeness is now found in him. We are completely filled with God as Christ’s fullness overflows within us. He is the Head of every kingdom and authority in the universe! Through our union with him we have experienced circumcision of heart. All of the guilt and power of sin has been cut away and is now extinct because of what Christ, the Anointed One, has accomplished for us.

For we’ve been buried with him into his death. Our “baptism into death” also means we were raised with him when we believed in God’s resurrection power, the power that raised him from death’s realm. This “realm of death” describes our former state, for we were held in sin’s grasp. But now, we’ve been resurrected out of that “realm of death” never to return, for we are forever alive and forgiven of all our sins!

He cancelled out every legal violation we had on our record and the old arrest warrant that stood to indict us. He erased it all—our sins, our stained[j] soul—he deleted it all and they cannot be retrieved! Everything we once were in Adam has been placed onto his cross and nailed permanently there as a public display of cancellation.

Then Jesus made a public spectacle of all the powers and principalities of darkness, stripping away from them every weapon and all their spiritual authority and power to accuse us. And by the power of the cross, Jesus led them around as prisoners in a procession of triumph. He was not their prisoner; they were his!”


A special thought:

A thought…In heaven, once we stand before God at the end of the days, the TREE OF KNOWLEDGE OF GOOD AND EVIL (the embodiment of Satan, sin and death) will no longer exist. Instead, the second Tree of Life will be established (Revelation 22:2). In Revelation, both trees are planted on either side of a river. The two trees signify God's double blessing over His children – a double blessing of life that He imparts to those who are willing to eat the fruit of these trees and live…

If Jesus represents one TREE OF LIFE – who is the other..? Could it be the perfected Bride of Christ (the Church) who helps impart healing in the lives of others? She after has suffered through many hurts and pains. Could it be that the healing she has experienced help others in their healing for ages to come?

Interestingly, David says in Psalm 1 that the righteous are like a TREE (of life) planted in a river. With evergreen leaves and fruit throughout all seasons. A very prophetic insight that King David had. God will elevate the Bride of Christ in ways we don't fully know or understand. Maybe this is just another way. One can only wonder…


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