Jesus said that He has uttered things since the creation of the world. Among many parables hidden in the book of Genesis, the first book of the Bible, a Bible Seminar themed “The Secret of the Tree of Life and God” was held on Sunday, Oct 8, 2017.
Many people, perhaps even non-Christians might have heard about Adam and Eve who lived in the Garden of Eden. One of the popular artwork depicts Eve handing an apple to Adam and a serpent hanging on a tree branch. However, few are aware that death originated from the Garden of Eden. Among all trees in the Garden of Eden, God commanded Adam and Eve not to eat the fruit of the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil (Genesis 2:6-17). If they were to eat it, they will surely die. Being tempted by the serpent, both Adam and Eve ate from the tree and came to die. This was the origin of death, the inescapable fact of human life.
As the saying goes, ‘when there is a problem, there is a solution’. Since death originated from the Garden of Eden, the solution to death can also be found in the Garden of Eden. Church members invited their friends, acquaintances and family members to the Bible Seminar to find out this intriguing history written in the Bible, and the mysterious way to expel death.
The seminar started off with an introduction video of the World Mission Society Church of God, followed by the much-anticipated presentation. Surprisingly, there exists a Tree of Life in the Garden of Eden. As suggested by the name of the tree, Adam and Eve could live forever by eating from the Tree of Life.
Genesis 3:22 And the Lord God said, “The man has now become like one of us,knowing good and evil. He must not be allowed to reach out his hand and take also from the tree of life and eat, and live forever.”
The solution to death is to eat from the Tree of Life in the Garden of Eden. The question is, how can we eat from the Tree of Life? The story of the Garden of Eden is a parable, and the reality can be found in the New Testament. 2,000 years ago, God came down to this earth in the flesh and brought the Tree of Life, giving mankind the hope of eternal life.
John 6:53-54 Jesus said to them, “Very truly I tell you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood, you have no life in you. Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life …
God said that we can live forever by eating from the Tree of Life, and Jesus said that we can have eternal life by eating His flesh and blood. The following verses reveal the way for us to eat Jesus’ flesh and blood.
Matthew 26:17-19,26-28 … the disciples came to Jesus and asked, “Where do you want us to make preparations for you to eat the Passover?” He replied … My appointed time is near. I am going to celebrate the Passover with my disciples at your house.’” So the disciples did as Jesus had directed them and prepared the Passover … While they were eating, Jesus took bread … gave it to his disciples, saying, “Take and eat; this is my body.” Then he took a cup … saying, “Drink from it, all of you. This is my blood of the covenant …
The reality of the Tree of Life is the New Covenant Passover which Jesus established before His crucifixion. During the Last Supper, Jesus said that He eagerly desired to keep the Passover with His disciples. By establishing the New Covenant Passover, the way to the Tree of Life can be opened. However, the Passover was abolished in A.D. 325 at the Council of Nicaea (the first worldwide religious council) convened by the Roman Emperor Constantine. Since then, no one could receive eternal life as the way to the Tree of Life was blocked. As prophesied in the Bible, God has to come again a second time to open the way to the Tree of Life.
Hebrews 9:28 so Christ was sacrificed once to take away the sins of many; and he will appear a second time, not to bear sin, but to bring salvation to those who are waiting for him.
“This is a rewarding afternoon — an afternoon well spent. I never knew there was a Tree of Life in the Garden, and neither did I know that Jesus brought the Tree of Life by establishing the Passover. I had a wonderful time listening to the presentation by your church. Thank you,” said Vivian Tan, 21, an invited guest to the Bible Seminar.
“I was pretty much in bewilderment because I wanted to know if the elixir of life existed in the Bible. It turns out that we can receive eternal life by consuming Jesus’ flesh and blood. I am amazed how God administered His redemption work for mankind”, commented by Vince Ross, 25, a non-Christian who participated in the Bible Seminar.
The secret of the Tree of Life was revealed in this age so that mankind can receive eternal life. Members of the World Mission Society Church of God hope that everyone can keep the Passover and receive God’s blessings.