By the way, if you’ve ever wondered why there seems to be such a gross difference between the God of the Old Covenant under the Law, and the God of the New Covenant, well, that is simply the difference between God relating to man through the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil and then the Tree of Life. These two trees, though different, are the workings of the very same God.
Let’s look at it this way…
For a period of time (between Adam’s fall and the Cross), God chose to relate to man through the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil for the purpose of showing man his need for a Savior. Then, at Calvary, the way to eat from the Tree of Life was again made available to man, but most men chose (and still choose) to eat from the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil (even through religion) and did not (and do not) eat much from the Tree of Life.
Beloved, this is why most Christian “ministry” today resembles the O.T. Levitical priesthood much more than it does the glorious priesthood of the Melchizedek order. This is also why most Christians today express a people in religious bondage much more than they do an expression of the AUTHORITY, LIFE, POWER, and PEACE of God in Christ.
The good news in all of this though, is that there will eventually be a people who will COME FULLY OUT OF RELIGION who will then eat continuously of the Tree of Life. The prophet Ezekiel describes these people for us in chapter 47 of the book by the same name. Ezekiel there describes a people who will not only eat from the Tree of Life continuously, but a people who actually BECOME TREES OF LIFE by the eating of that Tree, and therefore these can produce fruit and leaves that feed and heal the nations of the world!
Take a look …
“By the river on its bank, on one side and on the other, will grow all kinds of trees for food. Their leaves will not wither and their fruit will not fail. They will bear every month because their water flows from the sanctuary, and their fruit will be for food and their leaves for the healing of the nations.”
These trees ARE PEOPLE, beloved. This very same thing is expressed in Revelation 22, but there as a single Tree, a corporate expression of King/Priests after the order of Melchizedek, an expression of SONS who have come into their inheritance.
Something for you to chew on …