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The Tree of Life (12 of 12)
Series: A Closer Look at Heaven
Revelation 22:1-7 (vs.2a)
1. This is the last in our 12-part series on "A Closer Look at Heaven." Tonight I want to talk about the Tree of Life.
2. Allow me to give you several points...
I. THE FIRST MENTION OF THE TREE OF LIFE
A. We find the first mention of the Tree of Life in the book of Genesis:
1. Genesis 2:9, "And out of the ground made the Lord God to grow every tree that is pleasant to the sight, and good for food; the tree of life also in the midst of the garden, and the tree of knowledge of good and evil."
2. What a beautiful place the Garden of Eden must have been. There has never been anything to equal it--not since the beginning of creation, nor will there be anything like it in the future--not until after the Millennial Kingdom.
3. You will remember that Adam and Eve were allowed to eat of the trees in the garden: Genesis 2:16-17, "And the Lord God commanded the man, saying, Of every tree of the garden thou mayest freely eat (which included the Tree of Life).
a. However, there was an exception: "But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die."
1) We all remember the tragic events following the temptation by Satan. Both Adam and Eve believed Satan's lie, and succumbed to His enticement.
2) Romans 5:12, "Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned."
4. This should be a reminder to us that we are all vulnerable. None of us is exempt from the temptation of sin, and sins' consequences.
ILLUSTRATION: On August 31, 2000, Adrian Rogers, past President of the Southern Baptist Convention, addressed the students at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary during the annual fall convocation on the Wake Forest, N.C.
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