Among all the trees in the garden of Eden, only two are mentioned by name: (1) the tree of life and (2) the tree of the knowledge of good and evil (Genesis 2:9). These two trees represent two principles by which a Christian can live: (1) the principle of life and (2) the principle of good and evil.
Eating the tree of the knowledge of good and evil results in death (Genesis 2:17), and the devil is the source of death (Hebrews 2:14). Christ is the source of life (John 11:25, 14:6); He came that we may have life (John 10:10; Colossians 3:4); and He even presented Himself as a vine (John 15:5)—a low-growing, accessible, fruit-bearing tree!
Today, every Christian is like a miniature “garden of Eden.” According to Romans 8:6, our mind is between two choices—just like Adam and Eve in the garden. If we choose to set our mind on the flesh, the result is death. If we choose to set our mind on our human spirit, where Christ dwells (Romans 8:10, 16), the result is life and peace!
Contacting Christ as life in our human spirit is the way to eat Him as the tree of life (John 6:57; Revelation 2:7). At the end of the Bible, the tree of the knowledge of good and evil is gone, but the tree of life is an eternal enjoyment to the believers in the New Jerusalem (Revelation 22:14).
This song was written for a youth conference in April 2023. Thanks to the “little lilies” in our local youth group for recording with us!