Series 2 - Lesson 3 - Annotation 9
What and where is the "tree of life" as spoken of in the Scriptures?
9. The "tree of life" (Gen. 2:9) is a figurative expression denoting God immanent (indwelling) as the Creator and Sustainer of life in all living forms; it is the inherent life of all organisms. We also refer to it as the life principle, the I AM, the spiritual center in every man.
Life is a continuous stream of energy, and emanation of God, energizing all the forms that have evolved that they may live and fulfill the purpose for which they have come forth. Inherent in the "tree of life" is the intelligence that reveals to each manifestation or form the way of life and growth and the capacity to fulfill this way. Also inherent in the "tree of life" is the law of each species by which it lives, evolves, and reproduces according to the type or pattern of its kind.
Life in its branching—as a tree—in the threefold nature of man, is in man's spiritual nature termed the I AM, the Christ, the life principle; in his soul nature (his mind, conscious and subconscious) it is the assimilation he makes of the life principle and which he expresses psychologically; in his body nature, life is physiologically manifested and neurologically expressed in man's nervous system.
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