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God’s forest, trees that produce good fruit.

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In the bible, you can find many references to trees being used as an allegory, as a type to describe man. They are even used to describe God, and I believe as Satan himself. In Genesis 1 verses 11 and 12, God created trees that would produce fruit after his kind, whose seed is in itself. Keep this in mind; “And the fruit trees yielding fruit after his kind”(vs 11){I will expound on this as I go further along}. God then made Adam(both Adam and Eve) on the sixth day and placed them in the Garden, telling them they could freely eat of all the trees in the Garden. However, God warned them about the Tree of Knowledge of Good and evil, telling them that, “In the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die”(2:17).God had also placed the Tree of Life in the midst of the Garden as well. The Tree of Life was a symbol of Christ, whereas, the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil was a symbol of Satan.

In chapter 3, the serpent, Satan himself, beguiled Eve when he lied and told her they would become as gods, knowing good and evil(3:1-5). Eve ate and gave to Adam and he ate, and both their eyes were opened to see their nakedness. They took fig leaves and covered themselves by girding themselves with these fig leaves. God confronted them and girded them with coats of skins(a sacrifice for sin), and drove them from the Garden, “lest he put forth his hand, and take also of the Tree of Life, and eat, and live forever”(3:22-24). This is why I state that this Tree is a symbol of Jesus Christ Himself. He placed cherubims and a flaming sword to keep the way of the Tree of Life. Right here is the prettiest picture of the gospel. Jesus Christ is the Tree of Life, and the flaming sword is the gospel. The only way to get to the Tree and eat and live forever is to go through the flaming sword(gospel).

It is now where I want to focus on what was said in 1:12; “and the fruit tree yielding fruit after his kind, whose seed is within itself”. As I previously stated, tress are used as allegories to describe God(Tree of Life), and also man. David wrote in Psalms 1, “And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper”(vs. 3). John the Baptist also stated, “And now also the axe is laid unto the root of the trees; therefore every tree which bringeth not foth good fruit is hewn downand cast into the fire”(Matt. 3:10). Every fruit tree will produce fruit that is within itself. Apple trees will produce apples because it has appleseeds inside of it. The same for the banana tree, peach tree, pear tree, orange tree, etc. No fruit tree can produce fruit that is contrary to it’s seed, because it would be contrary to it’s nature. For it to be able to produce fruit contrary to it’s nature, their nature has to be changed. We as sinners, were products of Adam, post-fall, and have his fallen, sinful nature. Our fruit, our seed, is corrupted fruit, and it is in accordance to our nature. We can produce nothing good, seeing it would be contrary to that nature. We have the nature of the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil. Adam took upon himself, and us also, being his posterity, because he took on the nature of the Tree of Knowledge when he injested it’s fruit. None of us have the ability to change this nature. God is the only One who can do this for us.

In Ezekiel 11:19 it states, “And I will give them one heart, and I will put a new spirit within you; and I will take the stony heart out of their flesh, and will give them an heart of flesh”. Also in Ezekiel 36:26, “A new heart also will I give you, and a new spirit will I put within you; and I will take away the stony heart out of your flesh, and I will give you an heart of flesh”. In the beginning of the salvation process, the trees have to have their nature changed before they can produce good fruit. We as sinners, as trees bearing fruit of Adam, post-fall, produce corrupted fruit. We are unable to produce good fruit, seeing it is contrary to our nature. We cannot produce good fruit, fruit that only comes from those who have eaten of the Tree of Life. In Matthew 7, Jesus stated, “Even so every good tree bringeth forth good fruit; but a corrupt tree bringeth forth evil fruit. A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither can a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit. Every tree that bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire”(vss 17-19). We, as sinners, produce evil fruit, fruit that is an offspring of Adam’s eating of the Tree of Knowledge. When God regenerates a sinner, He crushes that stony heart, and imparts unto them a new heart, a fleshly heart that can love. By Him doing this, He enables that sinner to come to Him in believing faith. I believe He has given them a taste of the Tree of Life, that quickens them, enables them to believe. He has effectually changed their nature.

The Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil is a symbol of Satan, in my humble opinion. Satan was perfect until iniquity was found within him(Eze. 28:15). Satan, in my opinion, has a knowledge of both, or he at least once, had a knowledge of good. Lust brings sin, and when sin is finished, it brings death(James 1:15). When Adam ate of that Tree, he died spiritually and ushered death unto all mankind, we being his offspring, his posterity. Adam fell due to eating of it, by rebelling against God, and we fell in Adam. We took upon ourselves the nature of Adam, the post-fall Adam. It takes God to give us a new nature, the nature that the Tree of Life possesses.

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