S4 The Will of God and The Tree of Life

S4 The Will of God and The Tree of Life

From the beginning, God had a definite purpose concerning his creation. Many people, even many Christians, do not consider this possibility when faced with the BIG PICTURE of the whole of creation. We survey the greatness of the universe, reflect on the frailty of Man and are overcome by a sense of separation. We look at humans, look at the environment, look at the governments, world economy, disasters, etcetera, and are blind to how everything is connected together.

We think we are all individual parts separate from the whole, each trying to outdo the other in worldly success, spirituality, piety, and independence.  Our desperate souls shout to the heavens “What is the point? Is SOMEONE out there? WHAT’S GOING ON???’

OK Friend, set the drama aside, and read on, because there IS a point, Someone IS out there, and SOMETHING IS definitely going on and it is all to your benefit.

What is God’s purpose for us, for all of Creation? Did He even have a plan before, during, and after He made us? What happened to that plan? Is there a meaning to life? 

architectsConsider for a moment architects in the midst of their blueprints. You see them doing nothing but deliberating on every step of their project, to the exact depths and heights of the building, the last screw, and down to the minutest fraction of millimeter. They have a purpose. The building has a purpose. And each part of the building, each step of the design process is a significant part of the whole scheme, a part of a formula and pattern.

If this is the way the human mind works, wouldn’t you think GOD — whose mind created the human mind, the human body, the human spirit and the universe — would have a Grand Purpose as well?

There is a song we sing in our church meetings that summarise this Plan:

In God’s eternal Economy (Plan) He wants to make Man (man and woman) the same as He is, in life and nature (but not in the Godhead.)  And the purpose of this is because He wants to make Himself one with Man, and Man one with Him, so everything about Him (God) can be expressed through Man.

What? So what is this? Doesn’t this sound like the desire of a father? Isn’t this why a father wants children – so his life can be expressed through them?  God wanted SONS AND DAUGHTERS who would have the same life as he.

He didn’t want cattle to be his family, nor birds, nor magnificent lions, nor dogs nor cats. He wanted beings who should share His nature and return His Love. He wanted a family — not a family of leopard or whale, but a Family of God.

So He set out to do this, and created the universe as His great canvas, also expressing all the beauty, magnificence and all the awesomeness of Himself – the perfect setting for His Plan to grow His Life into His created Man. Then He put Man in the Garden of Eden.

The Tree of Life

The Garden of Eden would have been a garden surpassing all the beauty and fertility that we can ever imagine.

A picture of beautiful garden lightened by sun rays

Genesis 2:8-9 And Jehovah God planted a garden in Eden, in the east; and there He put the man whom He had formed. 9 And out of the ground Jehovah God caused to grow every tree that is pleasant to the sight and good for food, as well as the tree of life in the middle of the garden…

The Garden of Eden grew trees and plants which provided emotional satisfaction and sustenance to Man. But that wasn’t all the garden provided.

In the midst of the garden, there stood the Tree of Life, which signified the Life of God. Man was supposed to eat of the fruit of this tree, to get the Life of God into him, the life that was divine, eternal and indestructible. This was a significant beginning of God’s eternal purpose: To get His God-Life – (repeat) His God-Life that’s divine, eternal and indestructible – into His creatures made ‘from the dust of the ground.’

That was God’s Will, and still is to this day.

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