of Eden Restored
him that overcometh will I give to eat of the tree of life, which is in the
midst of the paradise of God. Rev. 2:7.
The Garden of Eden remained upon the earth long after man had become an outcast
from its pleasant paths. The fallen race were long permitted to gaze upon
the home of innocence, their entrance barred only by the watching angels.
At the cherubim-guarded gate of Paradise the divine glory was revealed. Hither
came Adam and his sons to worship God. Here they renewed their vows of obedience
to that law the transgression of which had banished them from Eden. When the
tide of iniquity overspread the world, and the wickedness of men determined
their destruction by a flood of waters, the hand that had planted Eden withdrew
it from the earth. But in the final restitution, when there shall be "a
new heaven and a new earth" (Revelation 21:1), it is to be restored more
gloriously adorned than at the beginning.
that have kept God's commandments shall breathe in immortal vigor beneath
the tree of life; and through unending ages the inhabitants of sinless worlds
shall behold, in that garden of delight, a sample of the perfect work of God's
creation, untouched by the curse of sin--a sample of what the whole earth
would have become, had man but fulfilled the Creator's glorious plan.
reinstated in his first dominion. Transported with joy, he beholds the trees
that were once his delight--the very trees whose fruit he himself had gathered
in the days of his innocence and joy. He sees the vines that his own hands
have trained, the very flowers that he once loved to care for. His mind grasps
the reality of the scene; he comprehends that this is indeed Eden restored.
to the tree of life in the long-lost Eden, the redeemed will "grow up"
(Malachi 4:2) to the full stature of the race in its primeval glory. The last
lingering traces of the curse of sin will be removed, and Christ's faithful
ones will appear in "the beauty of the Lord our God," in mind and
soul and body reflecting the perfect image of their Lord. Oh, wonderful redemption!
long talked of, long hoped for, contemplated with eager anticipation, but
never fully understood.
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