The Leaves Of The Tree Of Life
the midst of the street of it, and on either side of the river, was there
the tree of life, which bare twelve manner of fruits, and yielded her fruit
every month: and the leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations.
we wait until we are translated before we eat of the leaves of the tree of
life? He who receives into his heart the words of Christ knows what it means
to eat the leaves of the tree of life. . . .
The knowledge that comes from God is the bread of life. It is the leaves of
the tree of life which are for the healing of the nations. The current of
spiritual life thrills the soul as the words of Christ are believed and practiced.
Thus it is that we are made one with Christ. The experience that was weak
and feeble becomes strong. It is eternal life to us if we hold the beginning
of our confidence firm unto the end.
All truth is to be received as the life of Jesus. Truth cleanses us from all
impurity, and prepares the soul for Christ’s presence. Christ is formed
within, the hope of glory. . . .
It is essential that those who pledge themselves to keep God’s commandments
have an intelligent knowledge of the Scriptures. Thus we learn to deny self
and to be strictly honest with God in using His goods. It was in order that
we might understand the divine will that God gave us the Bible. We cannot
obey His commandments until we know what these commandments are.
Parents are without excuse if they fail to obtain a clear understanding of
God’s will, that they may obey the laws of His kingdom. Only thus can
they lead their children to heaven. My brethren and sisters, it is your duty
to understand God’s requirements. How can you educate your children
in the things of God unless you first know yourselves what is right and what
is wrong, unless you realize that obedience means eternal life and disobedience
We must make it our lifework to understand the will of God. Only as we do
this can we train our children aright. Your every word and action is to be
in accordance with the will of God, irrespective of the opinions and practices
of those who refuse to obey God. . . .
law of the Lord is perfect, converting the soul” (Ps. 19:7). The Lord
has kept back nothing that is necessary for the enlightenment of His children.
No one can plead in excuse for transgression that he was left in ignorance,
that the way to heaven was not clearly marked out. We have not been left to
serve God in a vague, uncertain way.
Devotional: Our Father Cares, p. 272.