The Tree of Life
Wade E. Taylor
“To him that overcometh will I give to eat of this
tree of life, which is in the midst of the paradise of God.”
“For whoso findeth me findeth life . . .” Proverbs
“For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are
your ways my ways, saith the Lord.” Isaiah 55:8
Many have searched for the tree of life, thinking to gain
for their own ends, but the Lord in His infinite wisdom has
hidden the tree of life from their view and grasp.
After man had partaken of the tree of the knowledge of good
and evil, an angel with a flaming sword was set before the
tree of life “lest he put forth his hand, and take also
of the tree of life, and eat, and live forever. (Gen 3:22-24)
Note that the tree of life was not removed from the garden;
instead, access to it was restricted by a flaming sword. This
flaming sword speaks of “Shekinah,” the manifest,
or visible glory of the Lord. Later, this same Shekinah is
again seen in the Cloud over the mercy seat in the Holy of
When Jesus was crucified, the veil in the temple was rent,
providing a way of entrance into the Holy of Holies, the place
of His abiding Glory. Thus, a means of access to the tree
of life, through the flaming sword, had been made by the rending
of the veil.
But, there are “conditions” to be met. Only those
with a sincere motive and purpose will be enabled to find
the tree of life. The Word says, “Blessed are the pure
in heart: for they shall see God.” Matt. 5:8 Again,
the Lord has hidden the tree of life by making it available
in a form whereby only those with a keen discerning eye and
a willingness to enter therein will be enabled to find it.
Now, the tree of life is to be found in a new form, a cross,
which we are to take up in identification with the death,
burial and resurrection of our Lord, that we through Him might
partake of life.
A battery, in order to be effective, must have a positive
and a negative pole. Both poles of the battery must be operative
in order for the battery to function. The positive, in itself,
can do nothing. The negative, in itself, can do nothing. Both
must be inter-related for the power of the battery to come
Our Lord said, “If any man will come after me, let
him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me. For
whosoever will save his life shall lose it; and whosoever
will lose his life for my sake shall find it.” Matt.
16:24-25 Much has been taught concerning the cross. Many have
been willing to die upon the cross in identification with
the death of their Lord, but have been unable to experience
resurrection life with Him.
Taking up our cross is to die to our “self life”
(the negative), so that “resurrection life” (the
positive), may come forth. To be continually dying accomplishes
nothing in itself, it is the negative pole of the battery.
The positive, resurrection life, is to follow so that the
full work of redemption may be accomplished in us.
The Lord has many wondrous things for His people, but there
has to be a capacity for them. Therefore, the Adamic must
be thoroughly removed that there may be room for the purposes
of God. Thus, there are cycles of death and of resurrection.
A death, and then, resurrection. But the negative, “death,”
often seems to overshadow in importance the positive, “resurrection
life” coming forth.
However, there is a turning point where our spirit truly
takes control and our self life is submitted to the new resurrection
life that is in us. This turning is an entrance upon the cross
that brings an end to the process of death and releases us
into the full power of life.
This path is blind, except to those who have come to a place
of discernment and see beyond the death aspect, the negative
of the cross. These see that resurrection is the next step
and that this resurrection is accomplished through the same
cross that once brought death, but now has become an instrument
of life. How manifest and glorious are the ways of our heavenly
Then, a revelation of the love and mercy of the Father will
flood in upon us and the cross becomes a tree, the “tree
of life.” No longer is there a continual emphasis on
dying; but life, the positive dimension of the cross seen
as the tree of life will begin to unfold and flow forth. As
we keep ourselves in identification with our Lord upon the
cross, the Adamic nature remains in a state of death and the
beauty of the resurrected Christ life begins to blossom forth.
The cross of death has become the tree of life.
Now, the life of the last Adam, our Lord Jesus Christ, a
“quickening” or life giving Spirit will begin
to flow forth through us to others. (Note I Cor. 15:44-45)
From this tree grows leaves for the healing of the nations;
life issuing forth to all those crossing the path of this
resurrected one. (Rev. 22:2) Many will desire to know the
secret of this transformed life, as the tree of life brings
to a multitude, healing and refreshment.
If you have truly embraced the cross of suffering and death,
now look up to a loving heavenly Father, who has predestined
each of us to be brought forth in the image and beauty of
the resurrection life of the Son and allow that cross to become
the tree of life to you. Look beyond the ugliness of the scarred
wood and see the beauty that is available.
Embrace this cross and receive strength from the tree of
life. Allow the leaves to form and come to full maturity that
many may come and pluck them off and receive of life. Truly
the ways of God are past finding out.
The word of creative life lays dormant because so few have
perception and are looking in so many external forms and ways
to find the secret of the tree of life. Turn back, and look
to the cross, for life is hidden there.