Back to the Tree of Life

The hope that is deferred is not just eternal life, but fullness of life.

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The tree of life is mentioned only three places in the Bible.  The first and most prominent place the tree of life appears in the Bible is in Genesis. The Tree of Life is one of two trees specifically identified in the garden. The other tree, of course, is the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.

The tree of life appears in Proverbs (three times) and again in the Book of Revelation (on either side of the “river of the water of life… flowing from the throne of God….”[1]) Though we are presently cut off from the tree of life, it appears again in Revelations. the tree of life was there in the beginning, and will be there in the end.

The tree of life obviously figures into God’s ultimate plan and purpose, but is the tree of life in between the Garden of Eden and standing beside the river of the water of life flowing from the throne of God? Let’s take a look.

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