Love and The Good Tree

Polar oppositesLove and The Good Tree

Watch out, those who call bad good, and good bad; Who substitute darkness for light and light for darkness; Who substitute bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter!  Isaiah 5:20

It’s no surprise we humans get so confused, ever since Adam and Eve ate from that tree in the Garden, all mankind has the knowledge of good and bad, and now we are all deceived.

In reality bad and good are polar opposites, comparable to dark and light, bitter and sweet, but now good and bad exist together.  It’s true, without Bad we wouldn’t know Good.  It’s just that, when they get all blended together Bad doesn’t seem so bad anymore.   That’s why picking and choosing our own ideas about what’s bad and what’s good looks so mixed up.

The Good Tree and the Bad Tree

From the beginning our Creator, YHVH, has made the difference clear in many different ways.  Sometimes using metaphors, such as trees, a physical imagery used to describe a spiritual reality that we can not be see or understand.

Either make the tree good and its fruit good, or make the tree bad and its fruit bad; for the tree is known by its fruit.  Matthew bad_fruit12:33

A tree has either a good root or a bad root, not both.  The unseen condition of a trees root is eventually revealed by its fruit that can be seen.

Our Creator is invisible to us, although He can be seen and understood through what He has made, Romans 1:20.  There is nothing bad in Him, Psalm 92:15,   He is Light and there is no darkness in Him at all, 1 John 1:5.

In other words, Good has nothing to do with bad just as darkness is just the absence of Light.  It is only when we are rooted in the world that we think it’s normal for good and bad to come out of the same mouth, James 3:10

“You brood of vipers, (people who think they are good) how can you, being bad, speak what is good? For the mouth speaks out of that which fills the heart, Matthew 12:34.

We are all in Need of a Transplant inTransplantingto the Good Soil of His Kingdom

If we love the world, the Father’s Love is not in us.1 John 2:15

Not only do we call bad good and good bad, we actually love, desire and choose the darkness of the temporary world.  Why would we choose diseased soil unless we were believing a lie?  What is the only thing that is able to set us free from a lie?  The Truth, John 8:32.

YHVH’s Kingdom is not of this World.  John 17:14

There are many of us who seek our Creator in world religions but not many intimately seek their Creator.  YHVH has made a way to know Him directly, Jeremiah 31:34

“I love those who love me; And those who diligently seek me will find me.” Proverbs 8:17.  YHVH is Good, ready to forgive, merciful and abundant in loving kindness to All who call on Him,. Psalm 86:5

YHVH made a covenant promise to Adam and Eve in Genesis 3:15.  Since the beginning mankind has had hope in a Seed, or offspring, of the woman, who would stand victoriously with one foot on the Serpents head, representing the end of the adversary’s rein on earth..

At the appointed time Y’shua, the anointed One of YHVH, fulfilled the promise of the Seed, He was the One Moses and the Prophets spoke about, Luke 24:27John 5:39.

The Bad Tree is the Serpent

The Serpent represents YHVH’s Adversary.  In Hebrew the word for bad is Ra, it simply means every bad thing.  Satan is a more modern translation for Adversary, a term used for our evil or bad inclination or anything against, being an enemy of YHVH.

You adulterous (unfaithful to the one who made us) people, don’t you know that friendship (alliance) with the world means enmity against God?  Therefore, anyone who chooses to be a friend of the world becomes an enemy (adversary) of God.  James 4:4

YHVH’s adversary masquerades as an angel of Light, 2 Corinthians 11:14  he is the god of this world, 2 Corinthians 4:4,  the father of all deceit, there is no Truth in him, John 8:44.   Sound a little like a description of the human ego?

What does Bad Fruit look like?

Immorality, impurity, sensuality, idolatry, sorcery, strife, jealousy, outbursts of anger, disputes, factions, envying, drunkenness, carousing, fornicators, adulterers, homosexuals, thieves, swindlers, those who do not do right, the deceived who follow after their own lusts, just as I have forewarned you, that those who practice such things will not inherit the kingdom of God. Galatians 5:19-21; 1 Corinthians 6:9; 1 Peter 4:3

How to Keep Unstained by the World? James 1:27

Ever try to keep unstained in a world full of bad fruit?  Even when we know what bad fruit is it can still stain us.  That’s the point, we need more than a stain remover, we need a new white rob.

Baptism is a symbolism of being buried under the water and raised up again to new life, Colossians 2:12.  We become Set Apart from the world  as new life begins to grow in us, Romans 6:4  We are free or saved from our decaying roots and grafted into the Good, healthy, Tree.

The Good Tree is Y’shua (our Salvation)

YHVH defined the Way that leads to lasting Life in the Torah and the Prophets, given to Moses in writing, about 1500 B.C.  This was not a new Way, but a Way known from the beginning.   At the Appointed time the Torah and Prophets (The Word) became flesh and dwelt among us. John 1:14Isaiah 7:14Matthew 1:23.

Y’shua told us that He was “the Way, the Truth and the Life,” in other words, He was the Torah and Prophets. John 14:6.

Y’shua is like a tree that has been transplanted from the bad soil of the world into His Father’s Kingdom.  The Torah and Prophets were all pointing to Y’shua, John 5:39.  Y’shua was and is the fulfillment of YHVH’s only promised or covenant son, Hebrews 1:5.   When we are in Him and He is in the Father we also have Spiritual Life, John 14:111 John 3:24. As long as we do not persist in our unbelief, Romans 11:23.

The branch that remains in Him will produce Good fruit because His Spirit remains in them,  John 15:4

The fruit of the Spirit is: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; Galatians 5:22

“To him who overcomes, I will grant to eat of the tree of life which is in the Paradise of God.”  Revelation 2:7
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Love is the Cornerstone

The Cornerstone

Straight and level, the foundation must be perfect, because the Cornerstone is the essential gauge aligning every other stone.

Zion, YHVH’s Spiritual Temple

Ancient Hebrew metaphors existed just as they do today in English.  The Cornerstone is a figure of speech comparing a perfect stone, that has been measured with Justice as the plum line and Righteousness as the level, with Y’shuah.

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Therefore YHVH says, “Behold, I am laying in Zion a stone, a tested stone, A precious cornerstone for the foundation, firmly placed. He who believes in it will not act hastily, (Hebrew=Chush).  I will make justice the measuring line And righteousness the level; Then hail will sweep away the refuge of lies And the waters will overflow the hiding place. “Your covenant with death will be canceled, And your pact with Sheol will not stand”..Isaiah 28:16-18 (written about 700 B.C.)

1 Peter 2:6 (written 1st Century A.D.)
For in Scripture it says: “Behold, I lay a stone in Zion, a chosen and precious cornerstone, and the one who trusts in Him will never be put to shame, disappointed, act hastily, (Chush).”

Ephesians 2:20
The House of our Creator is being built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, with Christ Jesus, Messiah Y’shuah, himself as the chief cornerstone;  in whom the whole building, being fitted together, is growing into a holy temple in YHVH, in whom you also are being built together into a Spiritual dwelling, habitation.

The World rejects YHVH’s Cornerstone

“The stone the builders rejected has become the cornerstone” Psalm 118:22 (written about 1000 B.C.)

Y’shuah, is “‘the stone you builders rejected, but which became the chief cornerstone. Acts 4:11 (1st century A.D.)

…he will be a stone that causes people to stumble and a rock that makes them fall.  Isaiah 8:14 (written about 700 B.C.)

As it is written: “See, I lay in Zion a stone that causes people to stumble and a rock of offense, and the one who believes in him will never be disappointed, (Chush).” Romans 9:33 (written 1 Century A.D.)

1 Corinthians 3:11
For no one can lay any foundation other than the one already laid, which is Jesus Christ, Y’shuah Messiah.

Our Bodies are His Spiritual Temple

Don’t you know that you yourselves are God’s temple and that God’s Spirit dwells in you?  1 Corinthians 3:16

Isaiah 54:11 (Written about 700 B.C.)
“Afflicted city, tossed by storms and not comforted, I will rebuild you with stones in beautiful colors, your foundations with lapis lazulim, sapphire.

Revelation 21:19 (Written 1st Century A.D.)

The foundation stones of the city wall were adorned with every kind of precious stone. The first foundation stone was jasper; the second, sapphire; the third, chalcedony; the fourth, emerald; the fifth, sardonyx; the sixth, sardius; the seventh, chrysolite; the eighth, beryl; the ninth, topaz; the tenth, chrysoprase; the eleventh, jacinth; the twelfth, amethyst.  

The Glorious Revealing

“For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory that is to be revealed to us.”  Romans 8:18

Creation awaits, with eager expectation, for the children of our Creator to be revealed. Romans 8:19

He who overcomes, I will make him a pillar in the temple of My God, and he will never have to leave; and I will write on him the Name of My God, and the name of the city of My God, the renewed Jerusalem, Yerushalayim, which comes down out of heaven from My God, and My renewed Name. 13 ‘He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the assemblies.’ Revelation 3:12

The glorious revealing of the children of YHVH is likened to the Temple of YHVH.  Built with stones leveled and straightened by Justice and Righteousness.

Do you not know that you are a temple of God and that the Spirit of God dwells in you? 1 Corinthians 3:16

In conclusion

The word Zion and YHVH’s Temple are not to be confused with anything temporary and the physical, predominately secular, Zionist military.

We, people of Every tongue and nationality, are the stones being aligned by YHVH for the revealing of His Spiritual Temple. This world is a very temporary testing ground.  The new heaven and the new earth are Lasting. Revelation 5:9; Isaiah 60:21Isaiah 65:17Isaiah 65:25Isaiah 66:222 Peter 3:13Revelation 21:1Revelation 21:27