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Monday, February 20, 2017

Two Great Dichotomies

Basic to our understanding of scripture.

I did not call this short study “THE Two Great Dichotomies,” as there are a number of important dichotomies in scripture. We must understand the difference between law and grace; grace and works for example. But I believe the two dichotomies I write of are necessary for better understanding the others (big picture ideas). In these finite, decaying minds, we can only understand so much, but to even touch the hem of the garment on greater truths, I believe we must start here.

“ And I will put enmity Between you and the woman, and between your seed and her Seed...” Gen 3:15a

“ The tree of life was also in the midst of the garden, and the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.” Gen 2:9b

Departing from my usual tack, I’m going to refer to short videos on these topics for your 

The Seed War

From the moment of the fall, when Adam and Eve ceded authority to the Enemy who became “the god of this world/age,” the human race has been engaged in a war. This war has two aspects: one in the heavenly places, the other among men. The Apostle Paul warns of “principalities... powers... rulers of darkness in this age... and spiritual hosts” (Eph 6:12); and warns of those among men who are “the enemies of the cross of Christ” (Phil 3:18). The Lord speaks of those who are “of your father, the devil” (John 8:44).

As with most references I make, I may or may not agree with every aspect of the information in this video. Nor do I believe this video exhaustively covers the issue. I offer it as an introduction to the topic.

The Two Trees in the Garden

The enemy offered Eve the lie. The lie is twofold: You will never die and you will be as God [Elohim]. We still live with that lie today. The promised “Seed of the woman” is the Lord Jesus Christ himself. We are born in the flesh after Adam, but to achieve life (escape from death in resurrection) we must be born again.

“Jesus answered, ‘Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God. That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. Do not marvel that I said to you, ‘You must be born again.’ The wind blows where it wishes, and you hear the sound of it, but cannot tell where it comes from and where it goes. So is everyone who is born of the Spirit.” (John 3:5-8)

Then the serpent said to the woman, “You will not surely die. For God knows that in the day you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.” So when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree desirable to make one wise, she took of its fruit and ate. She also gave to her husband with her, and he ate. Then the eyes of both of them were opened, and they knew that theywere naked; and they sewed fig leaves together and made themselves coverings. (Gen 3:4-7)
There are choices for all of us (life/death, blessing/cursing, resurrection/destruction, joy/sorrow, sin/liberty, etc.). Those choices are better understood if we understand the Two Trees and if we understand the Two Seeds.

If you have any interest in finding out more about living life in The Tree of Life versus the Tree of Knowledge of good and evil, I invite you to get plugged in with a Daystar Church LIFE small group.