FREELY

God Gave Everything To Adam Except One Tree!
However, Adam Wanted The Forbidden Not The Given!

“Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, that we might know the things that have been freely given to us by God.” 1 Corinthians 2:12

One of the greatest hallmarks of Gods nature is His generosity. The hallmark of His generosity is His desire to freely give of His nature to everyone. You can see this at the dawn of creation. He created all. All creation belongs to Him. Let us look at the narrative and see how generous God is.

“The Lord God planted a garden eastward in Eden, and there He put the man whom He had formed. And out of the ground the Lord God made every tree grow that is pleasant to the sight and good for food. The tree of life was also in the midst of the garden, and the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. Then the Lord God took the man and put him in the garden of Eden to tend and keep it. 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.’” Genesis 2:8-9,15-17 NKJV

What a garden Eden was! The Garden belonged to God. God put Adam there. The garden was then given into Adams care to tend and keep it. In a sense, everything belongs to Adam now. He could use and eat and enjoy every tree in the garden except one. All this was freely given to him. God only kept one tree for His own personal use. What a gastronomic delight Eden must have been. All the benefits of every created tree belong to Adam. There is no danger of toxicity in his use of the trees. The delights from the bark to the leaf belongs to him. In today’s fallen world we cannot comprehend the delights Adam and Eve must have experienced from these trees. How generous God was to Adam. He was created perfectly. There was no such thing as diseases or death to ravish his body. In nature, he had harmony with all the animals. Fear didn’t exist, nor anything unpleasant. We can only dream of the wonderful things freely given to Adam by God.

The greatest gift from God, to Adam, was the tree of life. One can only wonder about this. It is evident, Adam before he ate of the forbidden tree, would not die. He was given the gift of immortality from God, death, is an alien to him. The only way for Adam to lose immortality is by disobeying the Creator. The question we need to ask is, what is the life in the tree of life, since an obedient Adam would never die? What type of gift is this? A gift so powerful it can overcome death!

“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.” Genesis 3:22-23 NKJV

If the tree of the knowledge of good and evil made Adam like a person in the Trinity, to know good and evil, what would the tree of life make Adam like? What type of gift was this tree? The fruit of it was so wondrous, it could give life over death. What could it, possibly, have given to Adam when he had immortality? Could it have been the gift of eternal life? It is a marvel, Adam and Eve never partook of this gift!

“Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, that we might know the things that have been freely given to us by God.” 1 Corinthians 2:12

Perhaps, you may be wondering, what is the difference between being immortal and having eternal life? The Scriptural view is quite clear concerning the two. The immortal life is a life bestowed on a created being from God.

“And the Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living being.” Genesis 2:7 NKJV

In comparison, eternal life is a life of always existing. The immortal life has a beginning. The eternal life has no beginning. The immortal life is a gift bestowed by God. The eternal life is God. The immortal life is dependent upon obedience to its Creator. The eternal life is not dependent on anyone or anything because it simply is. Eternal life is self-sufficient, immortal life is not.

Immortal Life, a dependent life.

“And the Lord God commanded the man, saying, ‘Of every tree of the garden you may freely eat.’” Genesis 2:16 NKJV

Eternal Life, God, not a dependent life.

“Have you not known? Have you not heard? The everlasting God, the Lord, The Creator of the ends of the earth, Neither faints nor is weary. His understanding is unsearchable.” Isaiah 40:28 NKJV

Furthermore, since the fall of Adam, immortal physical life is not something which can be passed on to someone else. In comparison to God, He can gift eternal life to whomever He chooses. The tree of life was His gift to created humans. With conjecture, this tree is a dispenser of God’s own eternal life. Could this tree give a human the DNA of God enabling us to comprehend and know eternal existence? Possibly, the eating from this tree birthed God into the very being.

“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’— 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.” Genesis 3:22,24 NKJV

What a valuable gift this tree must have been!

Since the Holy Spirit of God inspired the writing of the Bible, He expressly states, God still wants to give this gift of eternal life to humans. His generosity spares no expense to give you and me eternal life. He sends us this gift through His Son.

“And we know that the Son of God has come and has given us an understanding, that we may know Him who is true; and we are in Him who is true, in His Son Jesus Christ. This is the true God and eternal life.” 1 John 5:20 NKJV

Jesus taught this gifting of eternal life to us.

“My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me. And I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; neither shall anyone snatch them out of My hand.” John 10:27-28 NKJV

Even the Apostle Paul understands this gift which God freely gives.

“For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Romans 6:23 NKJV

Are you a gift giver? Do you take joy when people love the gifts you give? Do you feel slighted and rejected, when people do not like the gift you give them? How awful is a person who despises the giver of gifts?  Well, Adam and Eve, turned out to be despisers of all the freely given gifts of God, when they trespassed and stole from a non-gifted tree. They had the right to enjoy the fruit of the tree of life. They didn’t partake of it. They turned their noses up in the air towards it and lusted and ate of the non-gifted tree. They scorned God’s gifts and in return God took away the gift of immortality. He also banned them from the tree of life.

Have you ever wondered what happened to the tree of life? Was it destroyed in the flood of Noah? Is it never to be seen or gifted to humans again? Does God want to offer it to us as a gift once more? With conjecture, may I offer this thought? Perhaps, before the flood, a transplant of the tree of life occurred. Maybe, God dug the tree up and transported it and replanted it in heaven. Let us travel to the last book of the Bible to see if we can support our theory.

“He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. To him who overcomes I will give to eat from the tree of life, which is in the midst of the Paradise of God.” Revelation 2:7 NKJV

Furthermore, John gives us a bigger insight to the exact location of the tree of life.

“And he showed me a pure river of water of life, clear as crystal, proceeding from the throne of God and of the Lamb. In the middle of its street, and on either side of the river, was the tree of life, which bore twelve fruits, each tree yielding its fruit every month. The leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations.” Revelation 22:1-2 NKJV”

It seems to me the tree was transplanted in heaven. The tree is also being readied for its marvelous gift of health. Finally, John tells us God is desirous to gift this tree to us again.

“Blessed are those who do His commandments, that they may have the right to the tree of life, and may enter through the gates into the city.” Revelation 22:14 NKJV

Through Christ, we once again have access to the tree of life. Remember, the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord. It is waiting for us in the heaven of paradise. To get there and to be able to eat from the tree of life, you must accept the freely given gift of salvation from God through the sacrifice of His Son for you. What are you waiting for? This is a freely given thing the Holy Spirit is revealing to you.

Today’s text in 2 Corinthians 2:12, teaches us, God has freely given to us many things! We only explored one thing today, the tree of life. This verse also educates us to a desire of God. This desire of God is to let us know and have everything He desires to bestow on us. If you think God is an ogre, think again. The problem isn’t with God, the problem is with us. We are very snotty towards Him. We treat God very poorly. Christians and non-Christians are guilty of this. We are more wanting of one forbidden tree than a whole universe of God’s delights of life.  The funny thing about this is the forbidden tree is a tree of death.  God has created us with a freedom of will and mind to think and choose. If you are still above ground, turn your thinking towards God and choose life.  Amen.

©Guy P. Calandra Author of The Inside Word.

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