If we ponder the time period of Moses and the children of God in the wilderness, we can gain an understanding of the ways of God that go beyond childhood stories like the "Prince of Egypt." During the time of the wilderness experience there were three-four million people that could have crossed over into the Promise Land, but only two, which walked in the ways of God entered in (Joshua and Caleb). A whole generation went through the tabernacle experience with the rituals and priesthood ordained by God, yet it took the death of that mindset to be able to cross over (Selah).
Now, let's consider the scriptural definition for death. Death is separation from God. If the temple of God has light, life, and love then there is no death. Moses knew God as a burning bush that was consumed by the fire, but not destroyed. He knew God as the tree of Life that didn't die. He built a tabernacle designed by God for man to enter and have relationship with Light. The Holy of Holies was the place in which man could become one with the light. Moses demonstrated this for us and didn't limit the potential of having this relationship with God to himself. On the mount of transfiguration Moses appears as the light with Elijah and Jesus.
The opposite of the tree of life is the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. Whether it is the knowledge of good or the knowledge of evil, the fruit of this tree will still bring death. The generation that died in the wilderness was practicing their faithfulness to religion and the priesthood. They kept order and lived in a practical way, but this didn't take them into the Promised Land. Interestingly, however is that the priesthood was not supposed to come near death or anyone unclean? Today, we have big churches that are handing the people of God over to "death," and they think that this is the way they are supposed to go. It is the natural way, but it isn't God's way of entering into His presence. He cannot come near death.
In 2 Timothy 1:9-10 we are told that death was abolished and that the gospel was given to teach us life and immortality. Much of the body of Christ has been out of order in the preaching of the gospel. The purpose of the gospel is to show us our inheritance today, not someday after we die and get to heaven. We are not to be preaching healing, prosperity, etc., but these things should be following as signs and wonders, not leading. We have filled our minds with the tree of knowledge calling it good versus recognizing that His mind is our mind, which should be manifesting the tree of life. People do get healed in our churches today, but then they get sick again which causes them to go from healing to healing and eventually dying. We are teaching surface Christianity and not the gospel. If we would teach the gospel those things would follow, but instead the church has been running after the manifestations of miracles. The church has been following after the little veins in the body instead of what controls the whole body, the mind of Christ.
Let's go back to the beginning when these two trees were introduced in scripture. The tree of knowledge is not the tree that the woman was referring to in the midst of the garden when she was talking to the serpent. Genesis 2:9 says that the tree of life is in the midst. In Genesis 3:3, the woman has been taught by Adam (the god image she knows) that the tree of knowledge is in the midst. I refer to Adam as the god she identifies with because the word "touch" has been added to what the Father God had said about the tree of knowledge. He never used the word touch in Gen. 2:17. The word "touch" could only have come from a being that could create words. The serpent couldn't create but could only imitate that which was already created.
When Adam named all living creatures as told in Gen. 2:19-20 he gave himself the name Adam meaning "man + kind." He took the nature of which he was (as he did with every living creature) and gave himself a natural name and identity. The problem with this is that he was created a "god-being" to live a supernatural life without limitation. He was created in the image, likeness, and kind of his Father and Creator God. You can't separate your name/nature from Light, Life, and Love expecting to still have the power and authority of the Creator. Adam did not lose the seed of his eternal identity when he gave himself the name Adam, but he did lose the power to bring forth the unconditional love and eternal life of the Father. Adam introduced the limitations of time when he separated himself (his name) from the eternal or spirit life.
God did not call Adam by the name Adam until he created it for himself. Before Gen. 2:19 God called him "man" and Eve was called "woman" for she came out of man, and the man saw himself, the form of god when he looked at her. The woman also knew the man as god in a form and was one with him. When the man spoke it was the voice of god on the earth to her, but it was not Father God. In Genesis chapter 3, the serpent questioned the woman, and she answered in truth as she knew it by repeating the information the god (Adam) had told her.
If we go to Col. 1:15-17 we read, "who is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of every creature: for by him were all things created that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him: and he is before all things, and by him all things consist." Adam could have named mankind as: Light Beings, Love Beings, Word Beings, Eternal Beings, or Sons of God to give man distinction when naming all the other creatures of the earth. Instead, he brought the eternal, infinite power and authority that Father God gave him into a limited realm of time in the earth. Instead of maintaining unity and oneness with the eternal; the realms of spirit, soul, and body were separated (veiled) bringing mortality into existence.
If we look into a few Hebrew words we will have a better understanding. The Hebrew word "Adon" means master, lord, owner, ruler, commander. God gave man the blessing to "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" (Genesis 1:28).
Man's responsibility was to produce more "god-kind" or heavenly beings on the earth. By taking dominion over every living thing that moved upon the earth, the man would be IN the earth realm, but not OF the earth. "Adon" was the position or title Father God gave him. He was already the lord of the Lord, master of the Master, creator of the Creator. He was the son of God (Luke 3:38) being placed on the earth to do the Father's business. However, "Adon" was not his identity nature/name. Man was his name, and he was made in God's image and His likeness. There is a difference between a person's job title or position and who they are. For example, I carry the title Reverend/teacher as the job that I do, but this is not who I am. I am a Christ-One or son of God doing the work under that title. It may seem like a fine line, but the difference changed everything in man's life for he then walked in the natural sense realm once separated from the eternal mindset of the Father. The manifestation of sin and death (anything which is not of faith) came forth following this event.
How many times do we see people retire from a job position that they have done for so many years and they seem to lose their identity after retiring because that position was all they connected to in defining their life? How many times do we ask someone about themselves and their answer has something to do with the type of job they do. We don't hear answers like "I'm a USA citizen, or a Christian, but we hear answers like "I am a construction worker, a nurse, a lawyer, a teacher, etc." We, like the first son of God, need to realize that God sees us as His children first. He is primarily a Father and He has responsibilities for us, but our identity as His loved-one, His son/daughter comes first.
The Hebrew word "Adamah," translated as "earth" is derived from the underlying root "Adam." Even though this word means "earth" it is not the word used for the planet earth, which is "Erets." This word "Adamah" is used in Gen. 2:7, 9 as the body of the first Adam that has the breath of God in it. The form that God created from the ground had the ability to support water and food. It had the ability to multiply and produce fruit over the entire planet. Keep in mind that God is Spirit and His kind is spirit so when we use words like water, food, and fruit we are talking spiritual, not natural. The man had a responsibility to bring forth the "word" of God through a form that had the breath of God in the natural realm. His food was Life, Love, and Light that would produce the fruit of the Holy Spirit as found in Galatians 5:22 on the earth, "But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, and temperance." The Holy Spirit was brought forth out of the man as the "help meet." The woman was the manifestation of the man's inner-most being to be multiplied as a family of "god-kind."
When the man named all living things in Father God's image with the "Adon" position, he also gave himself a distinction of identity separate from the one he already had. He went from being "Adon" over the earth to being "Adam." The word "Adam" means "red" and is generally used to denote the human race and its characteristic nature in contrast to God in heaven. It is used in the collective sense of all mankind, not just one man or one woman. However, God does not use the word "human" anywhere in scripture. This is a word that has been created by man, not God.
God gave the man "Adon," a position, authority, and power to do the Father's business as the Father on the earth. The man took the Father's business and made it his identity when he gave himself the name "Adam." Jesus came to restore the family of God through the Life of the flesh, which is in the blood (Deut.12: 23). Jesus showed us the pattern to follow in doing the Father's business in Gen. 1:28 (having dominion over the earth and replenishing it with His image), "god-kind," as sons of God. This is why God (Jesus) had to come in the flesh and His blood was necessary. He had to identify with the blood of Adam as the second Adam (Adam even meaning "red") to transform Adam's (our) flesh and blood life into spirit life by the light of His life and love. We are transformed into His image through revelation knowledge (tree of Life) and the light which Jesus, Moses, and Elijah displayed will be made manifest in us.
Jesus tells us in John 5:30 that, "I can of mine own self do nothing: as I hear, I judge: and my judgment is just; because I seek not mine own will, but the will of the Father which hath sent me."
In John 5:22 we read, "For the Father judgeth no man, but hath committed all judgment unto the Son."
The Father's will was completed on the cross 2000 years ago when Jesus said, "It is Finished" in John 19:30. The word "finished" is the Greek word "Omega." Jesus said he is the Alpha and Omega (Rev 1:8), which tells us that when he said it is finished he took us back to the beginning of Genesis 1:1 and John 1:1. Time does not exist with the things of God.
When Jesus came to do the Father's will he completed what Peter wrote in 2 Peter 3:9, "The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance." The word "repentance" used here is the Greek word "metanoia" which means to change or alter of one's mind. In other words, stop eating off the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, and begin to eat off the tree of life, being heavenly minded versus earthly minded.
Many theologians use the word "repentance" as the Greek word "metanoeo" meaning to repent with regret accompanied by a true change of heart. This word includes emotionalism and God is not interested in emotional responses. God is Spirit, and the Holy Spirit in us is our true identity, not our feelings or emotions.
These two words take us back to the beginning of this teaching where the word "touch" is used by the woman in Genesis 3:3. Even though Jesus was crucified on the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, and He has given us a new mind; emotions and feelings will try to draw us back to the old way of thinking and acting. It is by Christ Jesus, our tree of Life, that we can by the faith of the Son of God manifest His life which is eternal. His life and immortality will work through us so that the finished work of Jesus Christ can be seen on the earth (2 Tim. 1:10).
As we walk by faith, believing that we are who God says we are, we will do the Father's business by being Sons of God. I Corinthians 15:53 tells us, "For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality. So when this corruptible shall have put on incorruption, and this mortal shall have put on immortality, and then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written, Death is swallowed up in victory."
Paul is referring to us as the corruptible and the mortal that must put on incorruption and immortality. Jesus has already finished the process for us. Now, we must take hold of what has already been done. This is not a someday in the future verse, but TODAY. Today is the day of salvation; today we are with Him in paradise.