Notice: To comprehend and identify the forbidden tree and its fruit by faith, read each section in the order presented.

1. What is the forbidden fruit?   2. Identifying the tree by Faith?   3. The Tree with Knowledge  
4. The Sowers in the field   5. Eating the Fruit   6. Bearing Fruit

To begin our study in identifying the forbidden tree and its fruit, we must look at how we identify one fruit tree from another. If you saw a tree with oranges on the ground and more oranges up in the tree, you would likely label this tree as an orange tree. And if you saw another tree with apples on the ground and apples in the tree, you would label or assign this tree as an apple tree. You could assign a name to every tree that bears fruit according to the fruit it bears. An orange tree would be known as a tree of oranges and an apple tree would be known as a tree of apples. All the other trees would be known according to the fruit they bear and produce.

As it is with the wheat and the tares, it is hard to discern the type of tree only by what it looks like. It is only after the tree begins to bear fruit, that one might begin to discern the type of tree by its fruit. In looking again at what The LORD God provided to Adam and Eve in the garden of Eden, we find that "...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" (Genesis 2:9).

By stating the word "every" in front of the phase, "tree that is pleasant to the sight, and good for food", this would indicate that God created each tree in the Garden of Eden that was pleasant to the sight and each tree that was good for food. In other words, every tree of the garden of Eden was covered by these two groups.

every tree that is pleasant to the sight, and every tree that is good for food.

The phrases presented here revealed that God caused to grow every tree, (all the trees) to grow out of the ground and be placed in only two groups of trees. The first group covered all the trees that are pleasant to the sight, and the second group covered all the trees that are good for food. Some of those trees that were good for food could have been pleasant to the sight as well. The Word did not indicate that God caused the tree of life and the tree of knowledge of good and evil to grow out of the ground with the other trees. For by stating the word "also", The Word was indicating that in addition to the trees that were pleasant to the sight and good for food, which came out of the ground in the Garden of Eden, the tree of life and the tree of knowledge of good and evil were also there in the midst of the garden of Eden.

It is clear from the testimony of The Word that The LORD God by HIS Word made to grow out of the ground every tree, (meaning all) that was pleasant to the sight, and all that was good for food. The Tree of Life and the tree of knowledge of good and evil were different from all the other trees in the midst of the garden. As we study The Word carefully, He will reveal to us the difference between the trees that are pleasant to the sight and good for food, from the trees that are pleasant to the sight and are not good for food. He will also reveal to us the difference between the tree of life and the tree of knowledge of good and evil.

In looking to The Word, to find the difference between these trees, we find that The LORD said by HIS Word to Adam, "Behold, I have given every herb bearing seed, which is upon the face of all the earth, and every tree, in the which is the fruit of a tree yielding seed; to you it shall be for meat. And to every beast of the earth, and to every fowl of the air, and to every thing that creepeth upon the earth, wherein there is life, I have given every green herb for meat: and it was so" (Genesis 1:29). The LORD has revealed by HIS Word that HE has given to man every herb bearing seed upon the earth, and every tree in which is the fruit that comes from a tree that bears seed. Notice that every herb bearing seed, and every tree in which there was the fruit of a tree yielding seed was given for meat, or food.

It was the LORD, Who said, "Let the earth bring forth grass, the herb yielding seed, [and] the fruit tree yielding fruit after his kind, whose seed [is] in itself, upon the earth: and it was so" (Genesis 1:11). According to the Word, there is a tree that yielded its fruit within all the trees upon the face of the earth. In addition to this, within every beast of the earth, and within every fowl of the air, and within everything that creeps upon the face of the earth, and within man was found the same fruit from this one tree that yielded its fruit of Life in all things upon the earth.

Within everything in both plants and animals, was found the fruit from a Tree, the fruit of Life.

Within every herb bearing seed, and every tree upon the face of all the earth, and every beast of the earth, and every fowl of the air, and every thing that creeps upon the face of the earth, was found the fruit of a tree that yielded its seed. This tree, which yielded its seed, or its fruit, is The Tree of Life. It is different from the other trees, because from The Tree of Life, The Fruit of Life was provided to everything on the face of the earth, even to man. Everything on earth got its nourishment from this one Tree of Life, including the tree of knowledge of good and evil.

Not only did the LORD provide to Adam and Eve the fruit from every herb bearing seed upon the face of all the earth, and every tree, in which is The Fruit of The Tree of Life, but He provided also The Tree of Life that they may receive all the nourishment stored there for them. The only condition that Adam and Eve were to adhere to was that they should not eat of the tree of knowledge of good and evil. As we study more about the Tree of Life, we shall begin to understand more clearly why God forbid Adam and Eve from eating the fruit from the tree of knowledge of good and evil. We shall also identify the type of tree and its fruit.

To identify the Tree of Life and Its fruit, we must turn to The Word of God for His definition, that we might gain Understanding. For The Word said, "Happy is the man that findeth wisdom, and the man that getteth understanding. For the merchandise of it is better than the merchandise of silver, and the gain thereof than fine gold. She is more precious than rubies: and all the things thou canst desire are not to be compared unto her. Length of days is in her right hand; and in her left hand riches and honour. Her ways are ways of pleasantness, and all her paths are peace. She is a tree of life to them that lay hold upon her: and happy is every one that retaineth her" (Proverbs 3:13-18).

Wisdom
  • Makes you happy when
    you get understanding
  • is better than silver or gold
  • is more precious than rubies
  • has length of days in the
    right hand, and riches and
    honor is in the left hand
  • are ways of pleasantness
    and paths are peace
  • is a tree of life to them that
    lay hold upon Wisdom.
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All that was said about Wisdom can be applied to the Tree of Life,
because as the Word said, Wisdom is a Tree of Life.

In testifying about the work of The LORD, The Word of God said, "The LORD by wisdom hath founded the earth; by understanding hath he established the heavens.   By his knowledge the depths are broken up, and the clouds drop down the dew. My son, let not them depart from thine eyes: keep sound wisdom and discretion: So shall they be life unto thy soul, and grace to thy neck. Then shalt thou walk in thy way safely, and thy foot shall not stumble" (Proverbs 3:19-23).

The Word says, "Doth not wisdom cry? and understanding put forth her voice? She standeth in the top of high places, by the way in the places of the paths. She crieth at the gates, at the entry of the city, at the coming in at the doors. Unto you, O men, I call; and my voice is to the sons of man. O ye simple, understand wisdom: and, ye fools, be ye of an understanding heart. Hear; for I will speak of excellent things; and the opening of my lips shall be right things. For my mouth shall speak truth; and wickedness is an abomination to my lips. All the words of my mouth are in righteousness; there is nothing froward or perverse in them. They are all plain to him that understandeth, and right to them that find knowledge. Receive my instruction, and not silver; and knowledge rather than choice gold. For wisdom is better than rubies; and all the things that may be desired are not to be compared to it. I wisdom dwell with prudence, and find out knowledge of witty inventions. The fear of the LORD is to hate evil: pride, and arrogancy, and the evil way, and the froward mouth, do I hate. Counsel is mine, and sound wisdom: I am understanding; I have strength. By me kings reign, and princes decree justice. By me princes rule, and nobles, even all the judges of the earth.

"I love them that love me; and those that seek me early shall find me. Riches and honour are with me; yea, durable riches and righteousness. My fruit is better than gold, yea, than fine gold; and my revenue than choice silver. I lead in the way of righteousness, in the midst of the paths of judgment: That I may cause those that love me to inherit substance; and I will fill their treasures. The LORD possessed me in the beginning of his way, before his works of old. I was set up from everlasting, from the beginning, or ever the earth was. When there were no depths, I was brought forth; when there were no fountains abounding with water. Before the mountains were settled, before the hills was I brought forth: While as yet he had not made the earth, nor the fields, nor the highest part of the dust of the world. When he prepared the heavens, I was there: when he set a compass upon the face of the depth: When he established the clouds above: when he strengthened the fountains of the deep: When he gave to the sea his decree, that the waters should not pass his commandment: when he appointed the foundations of the earth: Then I was by him, as one brought up with him: and I was daily his delight, rejoicing always before him; Rejoicing in the habitable part of his earth; and my delights were with the sons of men.

"Now therefore hearken unto me, O ye children: for blessed are they that keep my ways. Hear instruction, and be wise, and refuse it not. Blessed is the man that heareth me, watching daily at my gates, waiting at the posts of my doors. For whoso findeth me findeth life, and shall obtain favour of the LORD. But he that sinneth against me wrongeth his own soul: all they that hate me love death" (Proverbs 8:1-36). Notice that in this chapter, you will find revealed in these words, The Way, The Truth, and The Life, all of which reveals The Person of Christ, Who passes to us His Knowledge of What The Father has revealed to us through Him--The Word and Wisdom of GOD.

As we meditate on this passage of Scripture, we begin to recognize that the Tree of Life is more than what it appears to be; for it is by The Word that we receive "Wisdom" and "Understanding", and these are one and of The Same Word. Yet, their are many, who would deny that Wisdom, which is spoken of here by Solomon is referring to The Word of GOD--The Son of The LIVING GOD. They say this, because throughout the revealing of Wisdom, Solomon speaks of Wisdom, as referring to "She", which paints an image of a woman in our minds, rather than a male image. But the same can be said of The Church, Which we know clearly to be the body of Christ, Who is The Son of The Living GOD. We don't single out one woman from the church and say this is the woman, who represents the church. Yet, it is the bride of Christ through whom He reveals His Glory to all, who will be born of GOD by The Word of Wisdom through the members of His church.

Paul testified by The Word and said, "Where [is] the wise? where [is] the scribe? where [is] the disputer of this world? hath not God made foolish the wisdom of this world? For after that in the wisdom of God the world by wisdom knew not God, it pleased God by the foolishness of preaching to save them that believe. For the Jews require a sign, and the Greeks seek after wisdom: But we preach Christ crucified, unto the Jews a stumblingblock, and unto the Greeks foolishness; But unto them which are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God, and the wisdom of God" (1 Corinthians 1:20-24). Through him The Word also testified to His members at Ephesus, to make known to them The Things of GOD "That Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith; that ye, being rooted and grounded in love, May be able to comprehend with all saints what [is] the breadth, and length, and depth, and height; And to know the love of Christ, which passeth knowledge, that ye might be filled with all the fulness of God. Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us, Unto him [be] glory in the church by Christ Jesus throughout all ages, world without end..." (Ephesians 3:17-21). Notice that it is by The Wisdom and Knowledge of Christ, Who works in His members to pass and make known throughout all ages The Knowledge of GOD that we might be filled with all The Fullness of GOD, WHO is revealed through Him.

Wisdom cries out to the hearts of the sons of man that they might receive Him.
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The Word revealed that the LORD established the heavens by Wisdom, or by Understanding. In keeping Wisdom and Discretion, we gain Life unto our souls. However, Wisdom, Whose name is Understanding, was crying out to the sons of man to give of Himself to our hearts HIS Knowledge. If we would tune our ears to hear what is being said, we would receive excellent things from Wisdom. And the things given to us would be right things. All the words presented to us by Wisdom are in Righteousness and Truth. Those who receive the words of Wisdom will clearly understand them to be right.

In receiving Wisdom, we receive Instruction, Knowledge, Counsel, Understanding, Strength, Riches, Honor and Righteousness, which are all attributes of Wisdom. There is nothing froward, which means unsavory, twisted, or perverse in them. By following the counsel of Wisdom, we are led in The Way of Righteousness, in the paths of Judgment. Those who love Wisdom will inherit substance, and Wisdom will fill them with His treasures. Not only will we receive the treasures of Wisdom, but we will also have The Fear of The LORD, which is...

"To hate
evil, pride, arrogance, the evil way
and the froward mouth."

In other words, by having The Same Fear of The LORD, we have The Same Spirit of The Word of The LORD. For by having that Fear of The LORD, The Father has revealed to us The Spirit of HIS Son, when HE said to Him, "...Thy throne, O God, [is] for ever and ever: a sceptre of righteousness [is] the sceptre of thy kingdom. Thou hast loved righteousness, and hated iniquity; therefore God, [even] thy God, hath anointed thee with the oil of gladness above thy fellows" (Hebrews 1:8, 9). Notice that to have that Fear of The LORD by HIS Word in our hearts is to hate iniquity, to hate evil, pride, arrogance, to hate the evil way and the froward mouth, but to have The Spirit of The Word of God in our hearts, to Love Righteousness, which is The Power of The Spirit of His Kingdom. And because Christ Spirit Loved Righteousness, The Father has anointed Him again with HIS OWN SPIRIT above all others.

In testifying about The LORD, WHO Anointed Him with HIS OWN SPIRIT, Christ--The Wisdom of GOD has revealed that it was The LORD WHO possessed Him in the beginning of HIS Way, before HIS works of old. He testified that He was setup from everlasting, from the beginning, or before the earth was created. He also testified that before anything came into existence, He was brought forth. According to the words given for the definition of the phrase "brought forth", there were two of the meanings presented for this Hebrew expression that says it means--to be brought forth, or to be born. But many have denied this expression to be referring to that of Christ being brought forth at some point before ancient time. They deny this definition of the phrase in order to maintain a view that is not Biblical supported by Scripture. If there was only one place in all of Scripture that this expression was found, then maybe they might have reason to deny the phrase without more evidence to support it. And those, who use Proverbs chapter eight to maintain their view that Christ came forth from The Father, they would have little support to maintain this view. But there are more than just this one verse that presents this expression, as referring to Christ being brought forth, or coming out of, or being born of The Father's SPIRIT.

Evidence to support being brought forth

In The Testimony of Christ, He stated that "When [there were] no depths, I was brought forth; when [there were] no fountains abounding with water. Before the mountains were settled, before the hills was I brought forth: While as yet he had not made the earth, nor the fields, nor the highest part of the dust of the world" (Proverbs 8:24-26). Notice the words used to make reference to time, such as, when, before and while.

In His Testimony through John, He has said, "I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end, the first and the last. Blessed [are] they that do his commandments, that they may have right to the tree of life, and may enter in through the gates into the city" (Revelation 22:13, 14). Notice that time starts with Him, because He is The Beginning of all things. He is also The End of all things, because it is written of Him that "...he is before all things, and by him all things consist" (Colossians 1:17).

In speaking to His disciples of The Father's Love for them, Jesus said, "At that day ye shall ask in my name: and I say not unto you, that I will pray the Father for you: For the Father himself loveth you, because ye have loved me, and have believed that I came out from God. I came forth from the Father, and am come into the world: again, I leave the world, and go to the Father" (John 16:26-28). Notice the distinction that He has made known to His disciples. He made it clear that He came out from GOD, and He came forth from GOD. It is made clear that at some point before time He was in GOD, and came out of GOD. And He was with GOD, and came forth from the location where He was with GOD, and came to the earth.

In His prayer to The Father, Jesus said, "...I have given unto them the words which thou gavest me; and they have received [them], and have known surely that I came out from thee, and they have believed that thou didst send me. I pray for them: I pray not for the world, but for them which thou hast given me; for they are thine. And all mine are thine, and thine are mine; and I am glorified in them" (John 17:8-10). Notice that it is in and through those, who have received Him that He is able to Testify and reveal His Glory and Wisdom through them, as The Father is able to reveal HIS Expressed GLORY through Him. But it is also a denial of His Glory in man, when men do not believe The Testimony He has received of Himself from The Father. For it is written, "He that cometh from above is above all: he that is of the earth is earthly, and speaketh of the earth: he that cometh from heaven is above all. And what he hath seen and heard, that he testifieth; and no man receiveth his testimony. He that hath received his testimony hath set to his seal that God is true. For he whom God hath sent speaketh the words ofGod: for God giveth not the Spirit by measure [unto him]. The Father loveth the Son, and hath given all things into his hand. He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life: and he that believeth not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abideth on him." (John 3:31-36).

In His Testimony, Christ--The Wisdom of GOD sought to declare when it was that He was brought forth and said that The LORD had not yet made the earth; neither did HE create through Him the highest created form of dust, which is man, until after He was brought forth.

When The LORD prepared the heavens, Wisdom was there. When HE measured the face of the depth, when HE established the clouds above, when HE strengthened the fountains of the deep, when HE gave HIS decree to the sea, when HE appointed the foundations of the earth, Wisdom was by The Father, as one brought up with HIM. Wisdom was the delight of The LORD and always rejoiced before HIM. Wisdom testified, as to where it was that He delighted to rejoice before The LORD. He testified that the place was in the habitable part of the earth, which is with the sons of men.

Wisdom further testified that we should listen to Him. When we keep His ways, we are blessed. By hearing His instruction, we become wise and should not refuse it. We are blessed when we hear and look daily for Wisdom. In finding Wisdom, we find Life, and will obtain favor of The LORD. But those who refuse Wisdom choose to hurt their own souls. For all who hate Wisdom loves death.

In revealing to us these excellent things, The Word has testified that it was The LORD, WHO did all these things by Wisdom, or by Understanding. In other words, it was The LORD WHO created everything that came into existence by HIS Word of Wisdom, Who was by HIM, as one brought up with HIM.

In testifying on what will happen to those who are nourished by The Tree of life, The Word said, "Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful. But his delight is in the law of the LORD; and in his law doth he meditate day and night. And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper. The ungodly are not so: but are like the chaff which the wind driveth away. Therefore the ungodly shall not stand in the judgment, nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous. For the LORD knoweth the way of the righteous: but the way of the ungodly shall perish"(Psalms 1:1-6).

    The Man that is Blessed                     is like...
  • Walks not in the counsel of the ungodly
  • stands not in the way of sinners
  • sits not in the seat of the scornful
  • But delights is in The Law of The LORD
  • Meditate in HIS Law day and night
  • To be like A Tree planted by the rivers
    of water
  • A Tree that brings forth his fruit in
    his season
  • His leaf--Branches shall not wither
  • Whatsoever he does shall prosper
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The man that is blessed will delight to walk in the Counsel of GOD, as Wisdom delighted to rejoice in the heart of man. As man continues to meditate on the Counsel of the LORD, he would grow to become more like Him and produce His fruit.

It is the will of God that The Tree of Life would continue to provide to man all the nourishment needed to have and to live life. As man received nourishment from The Tree of Life, he would receive Wisdom to discern all things. It was this nourishment from The Tree of Life that enabled Adam to name all the things that he saw, because he was reading the very Thoughts of GOD.

Based on The word of Wisdom, anyone who receives Him receives also Counsel, Strength and Life, which are The Fruits of Wisdom. We are blessed when we choose not to walk in the counsel of the ungodly, or to follow the one who is unlike God. When we delight ourselves in the law of The LORD and meditate upon HIS law day and night, we will be the fruit of The Tree from which we gain our nourishment. For by Wisdom, The LORD plants within us HIS Seed of Life, Which is The Word of GOD, Who is The Light and Life of men. For The Word of GOD said, "I am the true vine, and my Father is the husbandman. Every branch in me that beareth not fruit he taketh away: and every [branch] that beareth fruit, he purgeth it, that it may bring forth more fruit. Now ye are clean through the word which I have spoken unto you. Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine; no more can ye, except ye abide in me. I am the vine, ye [are] the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing" (John 15:1-5). Notice that through those, who receive The Word--The Wisdom of Life, HE--The Father bring forth through them many more, who are born of GOD by HIS Word through them. For it is written that "...as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, [even] to them that believe on his name: Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God" (John 1:12, 13). Notice also that the phrase "bringeth forth much fruit" is connected to being born not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God, WHO gave HIS Word of The Wisdom of Life to be born in our flesh.

It is the delight of Wisdom to reproduce in man HIS Fruit that men might become trees of righteousness. It is for this reason that The LORD Instructed, and Counseled Adam not to eat of the fruit of the tree of knowledge of good and evil. If by The Wisdom of GOD'S Word--The Tree of Life we bear fruit after HIS Kind, then by the tree of knowledge of good and evil, men bear fruit after the ungodly kind.

To define more clearly the forbidden tree and its fruit, click on the question, "What is the tree of knowledge of good and evil?"

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