In Genesis 3:22-24 we read the following...
"And the Lord God said, Behold, the man is become as one of us, to know good and evil: and now, lest he put forth his hand, and take also of the tree of life, and eat, and live for ever: Therefore the Lord God sent him forth from the garden of Eden.....So he drove out the man; and he placed at the east of the garden of Eden Cherubims, and a flaming sword which turned every way, to keep the way of the tree of life."
So man is kicked out of the garden or better stated, out of God's presence. Out of fellowship with God. But the most important thing for now to notice is the flaming sword which PREVENTED him from The Tree of Life which would allow him to "live forever".
Now fast forward a few pages, (about 1300 pages) and we are smack dab in the book of Revelation in chapter 2. We read...
"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
Now, take note of exactly where this Tree of Life is. It is in the midst of the PARADISE of God. Now let's go back quickly to Genesis 2 to see where the Tree of Life is there...
"the tree of life also in the midst of the garden" Genesis 2:9
Bingo. Direct Connection.
The Tree of Life is in the MIDST of two places but yet both places are the same place.
1) The Garden
Is there any question what this garden paradise is? It is God's PRESENCE.
Man was kicked out of His presence in the Old Heaven and Earth, and man is brought back into His presence in the New Heaven and Earth.
Now let's look at what we read about the reversal of this curse pertaining to the guarding of this Tree of Life in Revelation...
"Blessed are those who do His commandments, that they may have THE RIGHT to the tree of Life." Revelation 22:14
We see this total reversal. In Genesis the Tree of Life was protected, guarded, unable to be taken by them. Yet now here in Revelation we see this SAME Tree of Life being given to God's people. They are said to now have "THE RIGHT" to it.
One last thing...
Notice how the Tree of the Knowledge of Good & Evil is not in the New Jerusalem in Revelation? It's just not there. The Tree of Life is there, but no tree of good and evil. Why?
Because the Law came (DO NOT EAT) and Adam died. Sin was imputed because of their transgression with this "tree of good and evil".
Gentiles at that time were flat out alienated. They had no hope. They were far removed from the promises of God and were in darkness. The light of God came only to Israel. (Ephesians 2)
But now, in the New Creation, that blessing is available to all men. Anyone who is found in Christ, anyone who is born into the Kingdom, has no Law to abide by. They have no tree of the knowledge of good and evil to pluck from. They are free indeed.
Christ is THE END OF THE LAW for righteousness to those who believe. Romans 10:4
This is why there is no Tree of Good & Evil in the New Jerusalem. It's final. There is no more risk of breaking a command because Christ FULFILLED the Law and you are IN HIM.
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