Christ, the Tree of Life!

*** This article is part of a blog series about what it means to live with Christ as our source. You can check out the Introduction to the series here. ***

After reading all the comments of those who added their 2 cents to the collaborative Tree of Life discussion, I must say I am very encouraged. There is such a deep sense that the Tree of Life is important. And so much variety in what everyone expressed. Yet at the same time, there was a mysterious synergy in what everyone said.

It is clear that those reading this blog have realised that Christ is the Tree of Life to us today and we can eat of Him to take in the Life of God. That is why He said in John 6 that He is the bread of life and that anyone who eats of him will live (zoe).  And this is a marvellous thing. To be able to take God into us and live by his life. Truly miraculous. In many ways the point of all of scripture and the reason Christ came. “Christ IN you!”  being the mystery of the ages as Paul describes it.

And unless we can receive God in an “edible” form, there is no way to live by Him. Praise God that Christ has become the Tree of Life. That which allows us to take God in. His words, His ways, His life, His death, His resurrection, His person, His all. He is the life of God in an edible, transferrable form.

There is much that can still be said on this topic, but for now, I would like to highlight some of the comments made that relate to this specifically:

 …By considering the name of the tree it becomes clear that the tree of life itself is the tree “of” life, not the tree “from” life or “for” life.. In other words, it houses and gives life, makes and maintains life. In other words, without such a “tree” there would simply be no life.  – Letsego, blogging at Just a thought

…. We get food, shade, and promise of continual life from a tree. I think that is what the tree of life is. The promise of future, continual life. We also cannot eat once from a tree and never go back. We depend on the tree being there and need to return often in order to stay alive. Likewise you cannot connect with Christ once and live, you need to connect regularly to sustain life. – Lynley, blogging at The Honest One

… scripture portrays Jesus as “the bread of life,” “the true vine,” and knowing him IS “eternal life.” He said “I am the way, the truth, and the LIFE!” Why is He life itself? Because HE IS GOD! Man was created to live off God!…Christ is all the life we will ever need now and forever and to feast on Him is available to us now and will be for all eternity. So let’s feast. – Nic, who has done a great series on this blog entitled, God’s Zeal for His House

From these comments we learn something very important. Christ is our Tree of Life. And just like our physical bodies need nourishment 3 times a day to live, so too our spiritual bodies need to eat of Christ often. Also, just as we do not eat the same thing every day, so too we can enjoy different aspects of Christ and also feast on him with others, just as we would eat together in our families and with friends. We do not only need to eat to survive, we can enjoy our eating. We can FEAST on Christ, and we can FEAST on Him together. Halleluiah! Praise the Lord that once again we can live by and enjoy the life of God together!

May we regularly eat of Him together with great enthusiasm and unity.

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5 Responses to “Christ, the Tree of Life!”
  1. Nic Thackwray says:

    What a wonderful thought to exist and be sustained by the life-giving Spirit of Christ! I reckon that God designed our bodies’ relationship to food with this in mind. We actually consist of the food we eat. If you eat some bread, the bread is broken down into tiny molecules which are absorbed into our bloodstream and used to build the tissues that make up our bodies. Even babies being formed in the womb are built together out of the molecules in their mother’s bloodstream! Amazing! This is a faint image of what it means to receive the nourishment of Christ to our spirits. As we feed on Christ, WE BECOME CHRIST! We become one with him! He gives us life!

    How do we do this? In what ways can we receive Him as our spiritual nourishment?

    • Hey Nic

      I love your analogy. It is something that I too have pondered. Does the bible not reveal that al things are merely just a picture of Christ. How amazing to think that the “institution” of eating is in fact a physical representation of a spiritual reality.

      In other words, if our physical bodies go through that process to break down food and assimilate it into the body, so too our spiritual bodies must do the same. They must have the ability to “break-down” the food (whether Christ or other) that we eat and then assimilate it into our spiritual bodies.

      This is the natural process of growth that the Lord has designed. Just like we do not need to make our stomach break down food, so too we do not need to worry about how our spiritual bodies break down and assimilate food. Our only responsibility is to EAT! The rest of the system has been designed to work automatically. Fascinating. What an excellent system.

      This makes one think about how we should approach our Christian lives…. Should we be worrying about growing? Should we be worried about doing things right? Or should we simply be concerned with our eating?

      I think that we would fair so much better if we went back to the basics and focused on that which matters most. Eating Christ 3 times a day (as much as possible) and being concerned with eating only Christ, and discarding anything that will not be good for our spiritual bodies. This is how we approach our physical lives, so surely the same principles apply to the spiritual.

      To answer your questions: my thoughts are that we do so in the same way that we would do so in the physical…. by chewing. If we take a portion of scripture that reveals Christ, how do we get the nourishment from it? Well, we need to chew it. And that we do by exercising the same organ we use to eat… our mouths. We speak the scripture, pray the scripture, share the scripture, meditate on the scripture, sing the scripture… we chew and chew and chew, and then swallow of course to let it become a part of us.

      Now, this can be done individually and we all need to learn how to eat Christ so that we can move on from the first things, from being fed only like children. We need to learn how to use our cutlery and eat Christ with our own mouths. That is fundamental.

      Once we understand this concept for our individual selves and can eat effectively, the next step is learning to do it as a body. To learn how to Share Christ, Chew Christ, and then Swallow Christ together. And this my friend is the glorious life and mystery of organic church life…

  2. wow!! you know man of God you blog is really doing wonders for me it is so relevant for such a time as this in this life where young people must know that without CHRIST there is no success and that you are complete in him, he is our refuge and cornertstone. Romans 4 says he calls those things that are not as though they were. I am encouraged..

    • Hi Lebogang

      I am pleased that you are enjoying this blog and that it is serving you in this time. For Christ to become our all takes our all. It is a process that we surrender to at one point and continue to surrender to for all our days. I trust that this blog, alongside many other things, will continue to give you tools with which to do that and that you will be found complete in Christ.

      Blessings

      Dylan

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