Have you heard of the ‘Tree of Life’? No, it is not the film starring Brad Pitt and Sean Penn.
In the book of Genesis of the Bible, there appears in the garden of Eden the tree of life, of which its fruit could remedy the death situation Adam and Eve landed themselves in. While this anecdote remains a parable and even a myth to many, the tree of life is actually a shadow of the salvation God has prepared for mankind. On this planet where more than 7 billion human beings cohabit, each individual is raised differently. Although we may be of different social statuses and different nationalities, the same destiny awaits us. Whether it is the rich or poor, young or old, healthy or sickly, none of us can escape the claws of death. This is a constant problem that troubles mankind. To find the solution to this problem, let us understand the origin of death.
Examining the Bible, we are able to trace the origin of death back to the book of Genesis. Jesus mentioned that there are things hidden in parables:
Jesus said that there are things hidden in parables since the creation of the world. In all 66 books of the Bible, it is the book of Genesis that narrates the scene of God’s creation of the world. Let’s continue to the origin of death.
There were many trees in the Garden of Eden where Adam and Eve lived. There are many trees which fruits they were allowed to eat but there was an exception – the tree of knowledge of good and evil. God gave them this command; never to eat from the tree of knowledge of good and evil.
If Adam and Eve ate from the tree of knowledge of good and evil, God said that they will certainly die. However, Adam and Eve were deceived by the serpent and violated the commandment of God by eating the fruit from the forbidden tree (Genesis 3:6-7). This was the origin of death. Henceforth, human beings were bound to death (Romans 5:12). Now, let’s find out about the solution to death.
In the Garden of Eden, there was also the tree of life. Beings who were destined to die could live forever if they ate from the fruit of this tree. If Adam and Eve were to eat from the fruit of the tree of life, they could live forever. Those who sinned will not face death but be granted eternal life if they ate the fruit from the tree of life. However, God blocked the way to it with cherubim (angels) and flaming sword.
God blocked the way to the tree of life and only God has the Authority to open the way to it.
As the tree of life in Genesis is a parable, we need to find out the reality of the tree of life.
Jesus explained that his purpose was to bring life to mankind. This means that the way to the tree of life will be opened again. Let us find out how Jesus opened the way of life for mankind; this is the reality of the tree of life.
Jesus said that whoever eats His flesh and drinks His blood has eternal life. Jesus’ flesh and blood is the reality of the tree of life. How can we eat Jesus’ flesh and drink His blood? On the night before Jesus was crucified, He explained this.
Jesus declared that the Passover bread was His body, and the Passover wine was His blood. Thus, the reality of the tree of life is the Passover of the new covenant. As God is the only one who can open the way to the tree of life, God came as a man in Jesus Christ to open the way of life for mankind.
In A.D. 325, the truth of the Passover was abolished through the Council of Nicaea and the knowledge of this truth gradually disappeared (see Passover: Changed in History for more details). As such, the way to eternal life was lost once again. It is only God Himself who can restore the way to the tree of life.
The Bible prophesied that Christ will appear a second time to bring salvation. For mankind to receive salvation, they need the reality of the tree of life, which is the Passover of the new covenant. Christ must come again just as He did the first time in order to restore the truth of the Passover.
Christ Ahnsahnghong restored the Passover and started to preach from 1948. Before this, the truth of the Passover was not kept on the earth for a long time since its abolishment. Christ Ahnsahnghong is the Second Coming Christ who has appeared according to the prophecies of the Bible. He fulfils the purpose of bringing salvation by restoring the truth of the Passover. Please visit the World Mission Society Church of God to receive the truth that leads to salvation!