Earthen Mirror

Posted Mar 01, 2018 by Ruben Olschewsky in Presentation Notes

EARTHEN MIRROR

Divine patern:

1 Corinthians 8:6

But to us there is but one God, the Father, of whom are all things, and we in him; and one Lord Jesus Christ, by whom are all things, and we by him.

1 Corinthians 11:3

But I would have you know, that the head of every man is Christ; and the head of the woman is the man; and the head of Christ is God.

*divine pattern expressed (gradient expressed: Object lessons of water, gas and electricity) inherent component of the divine pattern is Authority but this does not attribute value. (you are not more important because of your position)

Inherent in the Divine Pattern is a revelation of the Father's will;

UNDERSTANDING THE DIVINE PATTERN; (object lesson with two bottles)

Eve was told of the sorrow and pain that must henceforth be her portion.... In the creation God had made her the equal of Adam. Had they remained obedient to God—in harmony with His great law of love—they would ever have been in harmony with each other; but sin had brought discord, and now their union could be maintained and harmony preserved only by submission on the part of the one or the other. Eve had been the first in transgression; and she had fallen into temptation by separating from her companion, contrary to the divine direction. It was by her solicitation that Adam sinned, and she was now placed in subjection to her husband.... { CC 18.2}

Eve had been perfectly happy by her husband’s side in her Eden home; but, like restless modern Eves, she was flattered with the hope of entering a higher sphere than that which God had assigned her. In attempting to rise above her original position, she fell far below it. A similar result will be reached by all who are unwilling to take up cheerfully their life duties in accordance with God’s plan. In their efforts to reach positions for which He has not fitted them, many are leaving vacant the place where they might be a blessing.... { CC 18.3}

 

The Father's Will:

1 Thessalonians 4:3

For this is the will of God, even your sanctification, that ye should abstain from fornication:

Sanctification is the process by which the character of the individual is changed in to the image of Christ's character. This requires the faith of Jesus to believe the words of God which are as much a blessing to us as they were to Christ.

1 Thessalonians 5:18

In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.

To give thanks is to acknowledge the source and that this source is willing/desiring to give and to bless you.

Galatians 1:4

Who gave himself for our sins, that he might deliver us from this present evil world, according to the will of God and/even our Father:

Romans 12:2

And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.

Therefore, the will of God is to bless! To restore,  (Romans 6:3,4)

This blessing requires a gradient in order to flow naturally for God does not FORCE His blessings on anyone;

Consider the following text as expressing what the will of God is toward Man (particularly those with whom He has a covenant );

BRINGING THE BLESSING AND DIVINE PATTERN TOGETHER

Deuteronomy 7:6

For thou art an holy people unto the Lord thy God: the Lord thy God hath chosen thee to be a special people unto himself, above all people that are upon the face of the earth.

Does the "above all" mean greater than? Or could it be that the "above all" means "one who blesses" and thus no value is attibuted to the position but an accountability to freely pass on what has been received…. Namely "ALL THINGS"

Thus in the divine pattern, God blesses His Son, who blesses Adam (the Man), who blesses Eve  (who is also Man), who blesses Adam's seed. Beside this layer is another layer which is revealed in the following text;

Genesis 1:27-28

 27 So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them.

28 And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth.

How we understand the terms "Subdue" and "dominion' will greatly affect our journey forward through this study.

THE FALL OF MAN

Genesis 3:17

And unto Adam he said, Because thou hast hearkened unto the voice of thy wife, and hast eaten of the tree, of which I commanded thee, saying, Thou shalt not eat of it: cursed is the ground for thy sake; in sorrow shalt thou eat of it all the days of thy life;

Genesis 4:11

11 And now art thou cursed from (on account of) the earth, which hath opened her mouth to receive thy brother's blood from (on account of) thy hand;

Parallel texts: (thought provoking)

Job 31:38-40

38 If my land cry against me, or that the furrows likewise thereof complain;

39 If I have eaten the fruits thereof without money, or have caused the owners thereof to lose their life:

40 Let thistles grow instead of wheat, and cockle instead of barley. The words of Job are ended.

Job 20:27 (Zophar)

 27 The heaven shall reveal his iniquity; and the earth shall rise up against him.

Habakkuk 2:9-14

9 Woe to him that coveteth an evil covetousness to his house, that he may set his nest on high, that he may be delivered from the power of evil!

10 Thou hast consulted shame to thy house by cutting off many people, and hast sinned against thy soul.

11 For the stone shall cry out of the wall, and the beam out of the timber shall answer it.

12 Woe to him that buildeth a town with blood, and stablisheth a city by iniquity!

13 Behold, is it not of the Lord of hosts that the people shall labour in the very fire, and the people shall weary themselves for very vanity?

14 For the earth shall be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the Lord, as the waters cover the sea.

 

HOW DO WE NOW UNDERSTAND THE CURSES?

Deuteronomy 28:15

15 But it shall come to pass, if thou wilt not hearken unto the voice of the Lord thy God, to observe to do all his commandments and his statutes which I command thee this day; that all these curses shall come upon thee, and overtake thee:

Deuteronomy 28:16

16 Cursed shalt thou be in the city, and cursed shalt thou be in the field.

Deuteronomy 28:18

18 Cursed shall be the fruit of thy body, and the fruit of thy land, the increase of thy kine, and the flocks of thy sheep.

22 The Lord shall smite thee with a consumption, and with a fever, and with an inflammation, and with an extreme burning, and with the sword, and with blasting, and with mildew; and they shall pursue thee until thou perish. 23 And thy heaven that is over thy head shall be brass, and the earth that is under thee shall be iron.

(the curse comes to us when we have cursed God)

How are we reading these texts???

Come back to the main text being considered;

Genesis 3:17

And unto Adam he said, Because thou hast hearkened unto the voice of thy wife, and hast eaten of the tree, of which I commanded thee, saying, Thou shalt not eat of it: cursed is the ground for thy sake; in sorrow shalt thou eat of it all the days of thy life;

Is this curse an arbitrary law? Was the curse a punishment?

UNDERSTANDING THE CONNECTION BETWEEN MAN AND THE EARTH; (DOMINION)

When God made man, He made him ruler over the earth and all living creatures. So long as Adam remained loyal (SUBMITTED) to Heaven, all nature was in subjection to him. But when he rebelled against the divine law, the inferior creatures were in rebellion against his rule. Thus the Lord, in His great mercy, would show men (THE GREAT MIRROR) the sacredness of His law, and lead them, by their own experience, to see the danger of setting it aside, even in the slightest degree. { CC 18.4}(Conflict and Courage)

And the life of toil and care which was henceforth to be man’s lot was appointed in love. It was a discipline rendered needful by his sin, to place a check upon the indulgence of appetite and passion, to develop habits of self-control. It was a part of God’s great plan for man’s recovery from the ruin and degradation of sin.16 { CC 18.5} (A ministration of death)

In drooping flower and falling leaf Adam and his companion witnessed the first signs of decay. Vividly was brought to their minds the stern fact that every living thing must die. Even the air, upon which their life depended, bore the seeds of death. { CC 19.3} (the principles of truth are being revealed through the creation, for man is in the place of God to the creation, thus the behaviour of creation expresses man's behaviour toward God…. "the day ye eat thereof ye shall surely die")

Continually they were reminded also of their lost dominion. Among the lower creatures Adam had stood as king, and so long as he remained loyal to God, all nature acknowledged his rule; but when he transgressed, this dominion was forfeited. The spirit of rebellion, to which he himself had given entrance, extended throughout the animal creation.... { CC 19.4}

Consider  what is being revealed here; As man is SUBMITTED to Christ, the earth is SUBMITTED to man. This defines the term "dominion" in Genesis 1:26

What is Satan's definition of Dominion? 

Daniel 3:5,6

5, That at what time ye hear the sound of the cornet, flute, harp, sackbut, psaltery, dulcimer, and all kinds of musick, ye fall down and worship the golden image that Nebuchadnezzar the king hath set up:

6, And whoso falleth not down and worshippeth shall the same hour be cast into the midst of a burning fiery furnace.

John 8:33-36

 33 They answered him, We be Abraham's seed, and were never in bondage(never under dominion) to any man: how sayest thou, Ye shall be made free?

34 Jesus answered them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Whosoever committeth sin is the servant of sin.

35 And the servant abideth not in the house for ever: but the Son abideth ever.

36 If the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed.

Christ reveals that dominion in God's kingdom is based on the willing submission of the one under authority. Authority is NOT imposed. However, the Dominion operating in Satan's kingdom is due to exercise of Power over an individual under authority against their freewill.

The exercise of force is contrary to the principles of God’s government; He desires only the service of love; and love cannot be commanded; it cannot be won by force or authority (DA22.1)

Lucifer desired God’s power, but not His character. He sought for himself the highest place, and every being who is actuated by his spirit will do the same. Thus alienation, discord, and strife will be inevitable. Dominion becomes the prize of the strongest. The kingdom of Satan is a kingdom of force; every individual regards every other as an obstacle in the way of his own advancement, or a steppingstone on which he himself may climb to a higher place. { DA 435.2}

Though we rejected God, He cannot fully reject us for we would die and Nature reflects this.

After the transgression of Adam, God might have destroyed every opening bud and blooming flower, or He might have taken away their fragrance, so grateful to the senses. In the earth seared and marred by the curse, in the briers, the thistles, the thorns, the tares, we may read the law of condemnation; but in the delicate color and perfume of the flowers, we may learn that God still loves us, that His mercy is not wholly withdrawn from the earth.18 { CC 19.6}

When man fell, God commenced to work to defeat the plans of Satan. God works in man. “Ye are God’s husbandry (We are God's garden just as the Earth is our garden), ye are God’s building” ( 1 Corinthians 3:9). In the beginning the Lord enjoined upon man the cultivation of the earth. This work was made much harder because of the transgression of the law of God. By transgressing, man worked against his own present and eternal good. The earth was cursed because through disobedience man gave Satan opportunity to sow in the human heart the seeds of evil. The ground that in the beginning produced only good began to produce tares, and their growth called for continual warfare. { TDG 12.5}

Consider that the earth is operating in function as a mirror; to teach man that AS he experiences difficulty in bringing forth  good fruit from the earth SO, likewise, it is a greater difficulty for God to bring forth good fruit from the heart of fallen man.

The cultivation of the soil is a school in which man may learn spiritual lessons. As he cultivates the soil, man is to see reflected as in a mirror the work of God upon the human soul. Divine culture brings perfection. If in connection with God the work is carried forward, the human agent, through Christ, will day by day gain victory and honor in the battle. Through the grace given, he will overcome, and will be placed on vantage ground.—Letter 5, January 4, 1900, to Brother Colcord. { TDG 12.6} (what is being expressed here is that, AS man is to God, so,  the earth is to man ) this needs to be part of the introduction thought: divine pattern is to express in man the perfection of God.

What we can deduce from this is that ;

As the Earth reveals what is in the heart of man (like a mirror)

So Christ is the revelation of the Father and reveals what is in the Father's heart!!!!

The garden of Eden is in the likeness  of the perfect man. It was set apart to reveal the perfect unity between Man and God. When man sinned, he defaced this image and had to leave the garden for to remain would mean that God is a liar (because the Garden would no longer be a true reflection of the relationship between God and man). Thus the earth outside of the Garden became a stark variation to the earth inside the garden, just as the character of Man and Christ would be diametrically opposed!

BEFORE

Genesis 2:15

And the Lord God took the man, and put him into the garden of Eden to dress (bring into submission) it and to keep ("samar" to protect it. Same use in Gen 3:24 "to keep the way to the tree of life") it.

AFTER

Genesis 3:23,24

Therefore the Lord God sent him forth from the garden of Eden, to till the ground from whence he was taken. 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.

Eden to Be Restored—The Garden of Eden remained upon the earth long after man had become an outcast from its pleasant paths. The fallen race were long permitted to gaze upon the home of innocence, their entrance barred only by the watching angels. At the cherubim-guarded gate of Paradise the divine glory was revealed. Hither came Adam and his sons to worship God. Here they renewed their vows of obedience to that law the transgression of which had banished them from Eden. When the tide of iniquity overspread the world, and the wickedness of men determined their destruction by a flood of waters, the hand that had planted Eden withdrew it from the earth. But in the final restitution, when there shall be “a new heaven and a new earth,” it is to be restored more gloriously adorned than at the beginning. { AH 539.1}

(just an aside for thought….. If the gate where the sacrifices were offered, to which you are invited to come , is the very gate where the angel stands, brandishing a mighty gleaming sword, you may be challenged to approach if you are not convinced that God is not the author of death. Consider therefore the story of Cain).

Apart from Christ we are still incapable of interpreting rightly the language of nature. The most difficult and humiliating lesson that man has to learn is his own inefficiency in depending upon human wisdom, and the sure failure of his efforts to read nature correctly. Of himself he cannot interpret nature without placing it above God. He is in a condition similar to that of the Athenians, who, amidst their altars dedicated to the worship of nature, had one inscribed: “To the unknown God.” God was indeed unknown to them. He is unknown to all who, without the guidance of the divine Teacher, take up the study of nature. They will assuredly come to wrong conclusions. { 8T 257.2}

Thus is revealed that the Carnal mind cannot understand corrretly the lessons which God intends to teach through nature without the assistance of a "divine Teacher"!!!!!!

Adam Restored to His Eden Home—After his expulsion from Eden Adam’s life on earth was filled with sorrow. Every dying leaf, every victim of sacrifice, every blight upon the fair face of nature, every stain upon man’s purity, were fresh reminders of his sin. Terrible was the agony of remorse as he beheld iniquity abounding and, in answer to his warnings, met the reproaches cast upon himself as the cause of sin. With patient humility he bore for nearly a thousand years the penalty of transgression.!!!!!!!!!!!(AH 540.4)

Just recapping…….. What is the penalty for Sin?????  " Every dying leaf, every victim of sacrifice, every blight upon the fair face of nature, every stain upon man’s purity……himself as the cause of sin"

What did we just read ?   "Terrible was the agony of remorse as he beheld iniquity abounding and, in answer to his warnings, met the reproaches cast upon himself as the cause of sin…."

(speaking of Christ)So dreadful does sin appear to Him, so great is the weight of guilt which He must bear, that He is tempted to fear it will shut Him out forever from His Father’s love. (DA 685.2)

Christ died because the law was transgressed, that guilty man might be saved from the penalty of his enormous guilt. But history has proved that it is easier to destroy the world than to reform it; for men crucified the Lord of Glory, who came to unite earth with heaven, and man with God.—The Review and Herald, August 26, 1890. { RC 21.6}

What is the penalty of his enormous Guilt???

Genesis 4:13

And Cain said unto the Lord, My punishment is greater than I can bear. ("my sin is greater than it can be forgiven ")

Job 15:20-22 (Eliphaz speaking)

The wicked man travaileth with pain all his days, and the number of years is hidden to the oppressor. A dreadful sound is in his ears: in prosperity the destroyer shall come upon him. He believeth not that he shall return out of darkness,

and he is waited for of the sword.

Revelation 16:9

And men were scorched with great heat, and blasphemed the name of God, which hath power over these plagues: and they repented not to give him glory.

Revelation 16:11

And blasphemed the God of heaven because of their pains and their sores, and repented not of their deeds.

Adam had to live a life burdened with the weight of His guilt as the earth and his posterity reminded him of His sin DAILY. Thus, daily Adam and his posterity were invited to come to the East Gate of Eden, there to partake of the sacrifice before the great Angel wielding a mighty sword and confess their sins and their guilt in being the cause of death and suffering;

Job 19:28 But ye should say, Why persecute we him, seeing the root of the matter is found in me?

Acknowledging as faithful Abel that the symbol of the slain lamb is found in the enmity existing in man. By this Submission (which is only possible through the process of "christ in you the hope of Glory") can man experience the submission of the earth to him as is expressed in the following statement;

 

CONNECTION BETWEEN THE LAND AND MAN

10. Year of Jubilee—Every fiftieth year, the year of jubilee, every inheritance in the land was to be restored to its original owner. “In the year of jubilee ye shall return every man unto his possession,” God declared. 1BC 1112.2

Thus in His infinite wisdom the Lord educated His people. His requirements were not arbitrary. Connected with all the instruction received by the people from the Source of all light was the consequence of obedience and disobedience. They were taught that obedience would bring them the richest spiritual grace, and would enable them to distinguish between the sacred and the common. Disobedience would also bring its sure result. If the people chose to manage the land in their own supposed wisdom, they would find that the Lord would not work a miracle to counteract the evils He was trying to save them from. 1BC 1112.3 (what were the evils that God was trying to save them from? In a Divine Pattern = in the VISIBLE, this would be a plague from which there is no escape. In the INVISIBLE, this would be the seed of condemnation/guilt  (believing that you cannot be forgiven) from which there is no escape.

The Lord presented to His people the course they must pursue if they would be a prosperous, independent nation. If they obeyed Him, He declared that health and peace would be theirs, and under His supervision the land would yield its increase (Manuscript 121, 1899). 1BC 1112.4

18-22. Agricultural and Tithing Laws a Test—The tithing system was instituted by the Lord as the very best arrangement to help the people in carrying out the principles of the law. If this law were obeyed, the people would be entrusted with the entire vineyard, the whole earth.[Quotes Leviticus 25:18-22.] ... 1BC 1112.5

Men were to cooperate with God in restoring the diseased land to health, that it might be a praise and a glory to His name. And as the land they possessed would, if managed with skill and earnestness, produce its treasures, so their hearts, if controlled by God, would reflect His character.... 1BC 1112.6

Consider carefully here what is being expressed; it would sound as though it says that if man would clean up the earth then God would renew his heart. Thjis cannot be correct however because we just read "If the people chose to manage the land in their own supposed wisdom, they would find that the Lord would not work a miracle to counteract the evils He was trying to save them from."

Many who teach that the law of God is not binding upon man urge that it is impossible to obey its precepts. But if this were true, why did Adam suffer the penalty of transgression? The sin of our first parents brought guilt and sorrow upon the world, and had it not been for the goodness and mercy of God, would have plunged the race into hopeless despair. Let none deceive themselves. “The wages of sin is death.” Romans 6:23. { EP 29.3 }

After their sin, Adam and Eve earnestly entreated that they might remain in the home of their innocence and joy. They pledged themselves for the future to yield strict obedience to God. But they were told that their nature had become depraved by sin. They had lessened their strength to resist evil. Now, in a state of conscious guilt, they would have less power to maintain their integrity. { EP 29.4 }

In sadness they bade farewell to their beautiful home and went forth to dwell upon the earth, where rested the curse of sin. The atmosphere was now subject to marked changes, and the Lord mercifully provided them with a garment of skins as a protection from the cold. { EP 30.1 }

As they witnessed in drooping flower and falling leaf the first signs of decay, Adam and his companion mourned more deeply than men now mourn over their dead. When the goodly trees cast off their leaves, the scene brought to mind the stern fact that death is the portion of every living thing. { EP 30.2 }

Faithfully did he repent of his sin and trust in the merits of the promised Saviour, and he died in the hope of a resurrection. The Son of God redeemed man’s failure and fall; and now, through the work of the atonement, Adam is reinstated in his first dominion. { AH 540.4}

The lamb is a symbol of a WILLING sacrifice! Not a compelled one;

Isaiah 53:7

He was oppressed, and he was afflicted, yet he opened not his mouth: he is brought as a lamb to the slaughter,

and as a sheep before her shearers is dumb, so he openeth not his mouth.

The race from that time forward was to be afflicted by Satan’s temptations. A life of perpetual toil and anxiety was appointed unto Adam, instead of the happy, cheerful labor he had hitherto enjoyed. They should be subject to disappointment, grief, and pain, and finally come to dissolution. They were made of the dust of the earth, and unto dust should they return. { SR 40.2}  ("appointed" = "was to be")

God allows Adam and Eve to reap as they have sowed. However, they do not yet understand what has actually taken place inside of them.

They were informed that they would have to lose their Eden home. They had yielded to Satan’s deception and believed the word of Satan, that God would lie. By their transgression they had opened a way for Satan to gain access to them more readily, and it was not safe for them to remain in the Garden of Eden, lest in their state of sin they gain access to the tree of life and perpetuate a life of sin. They entreated to be permitted to remain, although they acknowledged that they had forfeited all right to blissful Eden. They promised that they would in the future yield to God implicit obedience. They were informed that in their fall from innocence to guilt they gained no strength but great weakness.

Had Adam and Eve never disobeyed their Creator, had they remained in the path of perfect rectitude, they could have known and understood God. But when they listened to the voice of the tempter, and sinned against God, the light of the garments of heavenly innocence departed from them; and in parting with the garments of innocence, they drew about them the dark robes of ignorance of God. The clear and perfect light that had hitherto surrounded them had lightened everything they approached; but deprived of that heavenly light, the posterity of Adam could no longer trace the character of God in His created works ( The Review and Herald, March 17, 1904). { 1BC 1084.6 }

The flowers of the field, in their endless variety, are always ministering to the delight of the children of men. God Himself nourishes every root, that He may express His love to all who will be softened and subdued by the works of His hands. We need no artificial display. God’s love is represented by the beautiful things of His creation. These things mean more than many suppose (Letter 84, 1900). { 5BC 1087.1 }

The light given me is that it will not be very long before we shall have to give up any animal food. Even milk will have to be discarded. Disease is accumulating rapidly. The curse of God is upon the earth, because man has cursed it.—Australasian Union Conference Record, July 28, 1899 { CD 357.1}

In the days of Christ these lessons had been lost sight of. Men had well-nigh ceased to discern God in His works. The sinfulness of humanity had cast a pall over the fair face of creation; and instead of manifesting God, His works became a barrier that concealed Him. Men “worshiped and served the creature more than the Creator.” Thus the heathen “became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened.” Romans 1:25, 21. So in Israel, man’s teaching had been put in the place of God’s. Not only the things of nature, but the sacrificial service and the Scriptures themselves—all given to reveal God—were so perverted that they became the means of concealing Him. { COL 18.2}

In the most definite manner Christ through Moses had set before them God’s purpose, and had made plain the terms of their prosperity. “Thou art an holy people unto the Lord thy God,” He said; “the Lord thy God hath chosen thee to be a special people unto Himself, above all people that are upon the face of the earth.... Know therefore that the Lord thy God, He is God, the faithful God, which keepeth covenant and mercy with them that love Him and keep His commandments to a thousand generations.... Thou shalt therefore keep the commandments,

and the statutes, and the judgments, which I command thee this day, to do them. Wherefore it shall come to pass, if ye hearken to these judgments, and keep, and do them, that the Lord thy God shall keep unto thee the covenant and the mercy which He sware unto thy fathers; and He will love thee, and bless thee, and multiply thee: He will also bless the fruit of thy womb, and the fruit of thy land, thy corn, and thy wine, and thine oil, the increase of thy kine, and the flocks of thy sheep, in the land which He sware unto thy fathers to give thee. Thou shalt be blessed above all people.... And the Lord will take away from thee all sickness, and will put none of the evil diseases of Egypt, which thou knowest, upon thee.” Deuteronomy 7:6, 9, 11-15. { COL 288.4} (if the relationship between God and Man is reflected in the relationship between man and the earth, then, AS God promised to gain the victory in man over the bondage to sin, SO the land would be rid of the disease which was a visible means of expressing the disease of sin.)

No sooner was he created than his work was given him. He was to find employment and happiness in tending the things that God had created, and in response to his labor his wants were to be abundantly supplied from the fruits of the Garden of Eden. { CT 273.2}

While our first parents obeyed God, their labor in the garden was a pleasure, and the earth yielded of its abundance for their wants. But when man departed from obedience, he was doomed to wrestle with the seeds of Satan’s sowing and to earn his bread by the sweat of his brow. Henceforth he must battle in toil and hardship against the power to which he had yielded his will. { CT 274.1}

It was God’s purpose to alleviate by toil the evil brought into the world by man’s disobedience. By toil the temptations of Satan might be made ineffectual and the tide of evil stayed. And though attended with anxiety, weariness, and pain, labor is still a source of happiness and development, and a safeguard against temptation. Its discipline places a check on self-indulgence and promotes industry, purity, and firmness. Thus it becomes a part of God’s great plan for our recovery from the Fall. { CT 274.2}

Christ is the Centre of everything

In his efforts to reach God’s ideal for him, the Christian is to despair of nothing. Moral and spiritual perfection, through the grace and power of Christ, is promised to all. Jesus is the source of power, the fountain of life. He brings us to His word, and from the tree of life presents to us leaves for the healing of sin-sick souls. He leads us to the throne of God, and puts into our mouth a prayer through which we are brought into close contact with Himself. In our behalf He sets in operation the all-powerful agencies of heaven. At every step we touch His living power. { AA 478.2} (what are WE doing in this statement?)

Consider the following parallels;

The tree of life; what was its purpose? To perpetuate life? Yes, and to teach that life is NOT inherent in the individual!

Man is expelled from the Garden because of sin and thus does not have access to the tree of life (Gen 3:22,23). Now man must learn the same lesson as in the Garden but with a modification. That the reason why he still draws breath and lives on after the fall is because the life of Christ sustains him. This life of Christ is the direct result of man's choice to reject God (thus killing Christ within the individual). This had to be visibly manifest (divine pattern) and it was through the sacrificial system man was to receive the lesson that in man was the seed desire to kill the son of God. This was visibly manifest in the events that transpired between Cain and Abel. Abel came to Cain to guide his beloved brother to understand his error and his great need to be reunited with God in submission, Cain misinterpreted the motive of Abel just as Adam misinterpreted the motive of Christ when He came in the Garden in the cool of the Day. Adam simply could not understand that within him was an enmity that desired the death of Christ (John 8:44)