God’s intention in man: This seems simple, but how many Christians today can tell people what God’s intention with man? Christian teaching today falls so short of this. This is a great revelation, a recovered truth that God in Christ given to man as food intends to work Himself into man until He gains a corporate expression. Drop your previous knowledge and receive something fresh. God has an intention with man.
We can get stuck on many questions in Genesis that are irrelevant–we can miss the focus. This is the divine record showing the deep thought in the entire Bible–man’s eating the tree of life. This goes against the natural concept, which is to do good, living by a moral code of ethics, live by right and wrong. This is of the tree of knowledge of good and evil and has the devil as its source. John 6 speaks of eating His flesh and drinking His blood. This goes against the natural concept of doing good and avoiding evil. John 6:63 clarifies that it is the Spirit who gives life. The flesh wont profit anything. His words embody the Spirit as life, so to eat the Word is to take Him in as the Spirit. Some will not receive this word. Many Jews who heard Jesus speak in this way were stumbled and no longer followed the Lord. Then in verse 67 the Lord asked the 12 if they would also like to go away. Peter’s response expressed dependence. He said, “Lord, to whom shall we go? You have words of eternal life.” When we eat the Lord as the tree of life, we depend on Him. We cannot separate the tree of life and our eating of the tree of life from the word of God.
What we eat makes all the difference in God’s eternal economy. The Lord placed man in the garden and God in His greatness gave him a choice. In Job God presented Satan with Job, showing even after Satan stripped Job, Job could still choose God. When man chooses God, God’s glory and greatness are revealed. His greatness is manifested in that he didn’t force man to choose Him. The matter of dependence goes against the tide of the age, which is that man’s glory and worth is independence, but God’s way is dependence. The things of life are the things of dependence. We can never graduate from breathing, eating and drinking. Knowledge leads to independence. When a college professor gives you knowledge, eventually you don’t need him anymore, and become independent, seeking more knowledge from other sources, but if your college professor were to minister life to you, you would depend on him. To minister life we need to be people of life. We cannot live without God. Our murmuring is a result of hunger. Without breakfast, we are irritable, because we are hungry. If we eat, we are satisfied, and our irritability is quenched.
Abraham went out, not knowing where he was going. He crossed a river, venturing into uncharted territory, yet he depended on God as his living road-map. It was an utter dependence on God Himself. In the same way we are learning to depend on God as life. When we behave independently, there is a bitter taste. To take the way of knowledge is to take the way of right and wrong. When we argue for our rightness, we are eating the tree of knowledge of good and evil. Inwardly we sense a dissatisfaction. In our self-justification we are living independently of God. We must deal with things according to life.
Today the two trees are now subjective to man. Romans 8:2 shows these two trees in a subjective way. In Genesis you have Man, God, and Satan objectively, but in Romans 8:2 this same triangle is subjective within man. There is the law of the Spirit of life embodying the tree of life, and the law of sin and of death embodying the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. Each believer is a miniature garden of Eden, with these two trees/laws within them. When we choose the tree of life, depending on God as life, Satan is defeated and his stratagems are thwarted. This is a matter of God’s economy. We are what we eat. Expression is a matter of diet. If we eat Christ in the Word, our expression will be Christ. If we eat the things of the world, we will take things in and express what we ingest, expressing Satan the ruler of the world.
We are all in a process of being reconstituted with Christ in the word. Israel came out of Egypt, but Egypt didn’t come out of Israel. They still longed for the foods of Egypt, and they needed a new diet to reconstitute them with manna. We are learning to live by manna day by day. When we eat the tree of life we are being constituted with divine life and with the humanity of Jesus Himself. This is the metabolic process where by the old element is discharged and a new element is added to our being. When we feel that we cannot live without looking at something, it means we are depending on that thing as our food and is replacing Christ. We are learning to eat the unique diet–Christ as our food. This spiritual diet is a reality in our being. If there’s no consciousness of digestion is working properly. Just keep eating. Don’t try to measure your growth outwardly. This wont be quick. You will grow at the speed of life. This is a diet we need all our life long. Be encouraged. We will grow and are growing.
So then what was God’s intention in creating man? God’s intention in His creating man was just for man to eat Him! More on this topic can be found in chapter 3 of Basic Lessons on Life by Witness Lee.