IT WAS NOT GOD’S INTENTION, FROM THE VERY BEGINNING, FOR MEN TO EAT FROM “THE TREE OF THE KNOWLEDGE OF GOOD AND EVIL”. ONE MAY ASK, WHY? (Gen 2:16-17) “And the LORD God commanded the man, ‘You are free to eat from any tree in the garden; but you must not eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, for when you eat of it you will surely die.’”
YOU SEE, THE “TREE OF THE KNOWLEDGE OF GOOD AND EVIL” IS A TYPOLOGY THAT REPRESENTS THE “LAW” WHICH NO BODY WAS ABLE TO COMPLY WITH ITS DEMANDS. NOTICE THAT WHEN ONE EATS OF ITS FRUIT, HE DIES. (Gen 2:16-17) “And the LORD God commanded the man, saying, ‘Of every tree of the garden you may freely eat; 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.’”
THE APOSTLE PAUL SAID THAT THE “LAW” WRITTEN AND ENGRAVED ON STONES, IS A “MINISTRY OF DEATH”. WE, WHO ARE IN CHRIST, BELONG TO THE “MINISTRY OF THE SPIRIT” (CHRIST AND HIS GRACE) THAT BRINGS RIGHTEOUSNESS. (2Cor 3:7-9) “But if the ministry of death, written and engraved on stones, was glorious, so that the children of Israel could not look steadily at the face of Moses because of the glory of his countenance, which glory was passing away, how will the ministry of the Spirit not be more glorious? If the ministry that condemns men is glorious, how much more glorious is the ministry that brings righteousness!”
THE “TREE OF LIFE” IS ALSO A TYPOLOGY THAT REPRESENTS “CHRIST AND HIS GRACE”. (John 1:17) “For the law was given through Moses, but grace and truth came through Jesus Christ.”
JESUS IS THE LIFE! (John 14:6) “Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.”
JESUS IS THE LIFE GIVER! (John 6:47) Truly, truly, I say to you, He who believes on Me has everlasting life.
YOU SEE, WHEN CHRIST CAME, HE MEDIATED A NEW COVENANT OF GRACE WITH THE FATHER. THIS NEW COVENANT WAS FOUNDED WITH BETTER PROMISES AND IN CHRIST, WE ARE UNDER THIS COVENANT OF GRACE. (Heb 9:15) “And for this reason He (Christ) is the Mediator of the New Covenant, by means of death, for the redemption of the transgressions under the first covenant (law), that those who are called may receive the promise of the eternal inheritance.”
TODAY WE CHRISTIANS ARE SUPPOSED TO BE UNDER GRACE (NEW COVENANT) AND NOT UNDER LAW (OLD COVENANT), BUT UNFORTUNATELY MANY WELL MEANING CHRISTIANS STILL WANT TO EAT FROM THE “TREE OF THE KNOWLEDGE OF GOOD AND EVIL” (THE “LAW”). BEAR IN MIND THAT “THE LAW IS THE KNOWLEDGE OF SIN”! (Rom 3:20) “Therefore by the deeds of the law no flesh will be justified in His sight, for by the law is the knowledge of sin.”
BUT WE ARE NOT UNDER LAW, BUT UNDER GRACE! AND FOR THIS REASON, SIN CANNOT EXERCISE DOMINION OVER US! BUT THIS IS NO REASON FOR US TO INDULGE IN SIN.
(Rom 6:14-15) “For sin shall not have dominion over you, for you are not under law but under grace. What then? Shall we sin because we are not under law but under grace? Certainly not!”
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