Pinecrest Bible Training Center

John 12:24 Verily, verily, I say unto you, Except a corn of wheat fall into the ground and die, it abideth alone.

Beginning in 2008 the vision and bible school that God so graciously gave Wade Taylor beginning in 1968 came to an abrupt end, falling into the ground and dying.

We now wait for God to raise up and bring forth His seed of promise in another, that the vision fail not.

Spring 1994

Two Ways
Wade E Taylor

"And out of the ground the LORD God made every tree
grow that is pleasant to the sight and good for food.
The tree of life was also in the midst of the garden,
and the tree of knowledge of good and evil

And the LORD God commanded the man, saying, Of every
tree of the garden you may freely eat: but of the
tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not
eat, for in the day that you eat of it you shall
surely die" Gen 2:9, 16-17 NKJ.

The Lord God placed man in a probationary environment so he could be tested. Two trees were placed in the midst of his daily activities as the means by which this testing would be accomplished - the "Tree of Life" and the "Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil."

These two trees were diversely different in their intent and purpose. Adam was told to freely partake of the one; but he was forbidden to eat of the other.

The Tree of Life related to the spiritual life that the Lord had put within Adam. In order to live, it was necessary for him to partake of it on a regular basis. This established his full dependence upon his Creator. The other, the Tree of Knowledge, related to the natural life that the Lord had breathed into Adam and afforded him the opportunity to become independent from God.

A description of "The Tree of Life" is found in Isaiah, chapter 53, which reveals that Jesus is the tree of life.

"For he shall grow up before him as a tender plant,
and as a root out of a dry ground. He has no form
or comeliness; and when we see Him, there is no
beauty that we should desire Him" Isa 53:2 NKJ.

Jesus is seen by fallen mankind as being a root out of a dry ground, having no form or comeliness that would make Him desirable. The beauty of Jesus is therefore within and is recognized only through regeneration.

The "Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil" however, is quite different. It is pleasant to the eye, edible as food, and really tastes good. In other words, the way of the flesh is attractive to every aspect of the fallen human makeup, whereas spirituality is uninviting.

We might ask, "Lord, why didn't you make it the other way around?" It would seem that spirituality should have been made attractive and sin ugly. A unique advertisement used by the Marines some time ago illustrates for us the answer to the above question. It said, "The Marines are looking for a few good men." This is what the Lord is looking for, those who will choose Him for Himself, not "because of," but rather, "in spite of." Jesus said, "For many are called, but few are chosen" Matt 22:14. Or, "Few will pay the price in order to be chosen."

By Divine design, there is a price to being chosen by the Lord. Therefore, the Lord placed the beauty within. It can be seen only by a spiritual perception that is given to those who truly desire Him.

The tabernacle in the wilderness displayed ugly badger skins outwardly. But within was a beautiful royal blue covering, and His Shekinah presence. It contained a wondrous glory which cannot be described - only experienced.

By divine arrangement, it takes a determined effort to press through to behold the beauty of the Lord. Few will push past the hindrances to gain this prize.

"I press toward the mark for the prize of the
high calling of God in Christ Jesus" Phil 3:14.

"But from the days of John the Baptist until now,
the Kingdom of the Heavens is taken by violence,
and the violent seize on it" Matt 11:12 Darby.

In the Garden, the enemy said, "You will not die, but you will become as gods being able to choose for yourselves." Eve "ate" this right to "self determination" and gave to Adam who also partook. Today, we are yet paying a terrible price for mankind becoming "as gods" and ruling himself apart from His Creator.

Later, in the cool of the evening, the Lord came to walk with Adam, who hid from His presence. Adam explained that he hid because he was naked. But, he had not lost his clothing. Rather, he lost the "Shekinah covering" that enabled him to abide the manifest presence of the Lord. This Shekinah now became a "flaming sword" to keep the way of the tree of life.

This was done, "Lest Adam put forth his hand, and take also of the tree of life, and eat and live forever." What the Lord did was to hinder Adam from partaking and as a result, death set in. He died instantly in that he lost the covering that enabled him to live in the presence of the Lord. Also, less apparent, he physically died within one day. Peter tells us that one day is as a thousand years. Adam, and all who followed him, died short of a thousand year day.

This flaming sword, His Shekinah, later appeared to Moses as a burning bush that was not consumed. His Shekinah again appeared during the dedication of Solomon's temple. It so affected the priests that they were unable to function due to the intensity of the manifested glory. It appeared also in the Holy of Holies, and upon Jesus in the Mount of Transfiguration.

This Shekinah is an aspect of the glory of God that enables us to come into His presence. Scripture tells us that "no man can see the face of God and live" Exodus 33:20. Yet the Lord said concerning Moses,

"And there arose not a prophet since in Israel like unto
Moses, whom the LORD knew face to face" Deut 34:10.

Moses' exposure to the presence of the Lord was so prolonged and intense that when he stood before Israel, his face radiated the glory of God. Israel's response may be summarized as, "Moses, you can preach all you want, we have a clear channel from one ear to the other. But we cannot bear the sight of the Glory of God. Cover your face when you speak to us" (see II Cor 3:7-13).

"For if the ministration of the condemnation is glory,
much more doth the ministration of the righteousness
abound in glory" II Cor 3:9 Youngs Trans.

This tells us that the glory we experience under grace is greater than the glory which Moses experienced. Unlike Moses, no one today is being asked to cover their face when they minister the Word. This indicates to us that there is much available to us that we have failed to appropriate and to enter into.

On the day of Pentecost, cloven tongues of fire (Shekinah) descended. John had said,

"I indeed baptize you with water unto repentance,
but he that cometh after me is mightier than I,
whose shoes I am not worthy to bear: he shall
baptize you with the Holy Ghost, and with fire:

Whose fan is in his hand, and he will thoroughly
purge his floor, and gather his wheat into the
garner; but he will burn up the chaff with
unquenchable fire" Matt 3:11-12.

In Topeka Kansas, at a small Bible school on New Years eve in 1900, a young lady received the infilling of the Holy Spirit and spoke in tongues. The next day, many more received and this experience spread around the world.

Through this experience of receiving the Holy Spirit and speaking in tongues, the Pentecostal movement was born. There followed a "latter rain" visitation and later, the "charismatic" revival. The "evidence" of this experience has remained, "speaking in tongues."
However, John said, "The Holy Spirit and FIRE." This "fire" relates to the cloven tongues of fire that descended on the day of Pentecost. The Flaming Sword that kept the way of the Tree of Life became a friend and descended as "cloven tongues, as of fire" to restore the glory of God to His church. The covering that Adam lost has again been made available to us.

We have experienced the visitation of the Holy Spirit and tongues, but we have yet to experience the visitation of the Holy Spirit and fire.

Adam and Eve "ate" the right to choose for themselves, which then became a part of them. The Lord slew an animal, the first application of blood redemption, and covered them with the skin of this animal. Their sin was forgiven, but what they had eaten remained in them - the right to choose for themselves.

Likewise, each one of us were born with this right of choice. When we accept Jesus as our Saviour, we are forgiven and become a new creation, but this right to choose for ourselves remains with us. We gained it in the Garden of Eden and the Lord will not take it from us.

But, we can give up this right to our own lives. The Word says,

"If any one wishes to follow me, let him renounce
self and take up his cross, and so be my follower.
For whoever desires to save his life shall lose it,
and whoever loses his life for my sake shall find
it" Matt 16:24-25 Weymouth.

In the Year of Jubilee, slaves were set free. But if they choose to remain a slave, their ear was placed on the post of the door and pierced (Exodus 21:6). Years ago in a service, this became a reality to me. I went forward to the pulpit and expressed my desire to give up the right to my own life. The edge of the pulpit became (to me) the post of this door and I bent over and asked the Lord to pierce my ear. He would not take the right to my life from me, but He accepted it when I gave it to Him.

More than once I have complained and said, "Lord this is not right." The Lord has always responded, "You have no rights, you freely gave them up." Over many years, I have learned that the Lord knows best. This understanding did not come right away, but I have found that I am far better off having given up all to Him.

Many Christians have not personally, subjectively, given the right to their life unconditionally to the Lord to become a love slave, giving Him full authority over their lives. A kingdom requires three things. A territory, a ruler, and those that are ruled over. He is the King, but will rule only those who have personally given Him permission to do so.

Once I have done this, He is no longer just Jesus my Saviour, or Christ Jesus the anointed one, my healer and baptizer. He has become the LORD Jesus Christ, to whom I have fully submitted my life, and who now rules over me. The Lord has brought me back into a cooperative, personal relationship with Himself that was lost in the Garden of Eden.

Also, the Shekinah will yet be fully restored to those who have unconditionally submitted themselves to Him and have embraced the "Holy Spirit and Fire." In our times of testing, He will purge all dross, until His Shekinah shall shine forth as the noon day sun through those who are fully redeemed and have made Him their Lord.