By Fred Pruitt
Follow-up to This Business With The Trees, (pub Sept 5, 2010)
Jesus came to lay the axe to the root of the tree. What tree? We know what tree. The devil’s tree, the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil.
The Tree of Life, of which we are, is one, harmonious, indivisible, working in concert. It is “pure, then peaceable, gentle, and easy to be entreated, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality, and without hypocrisy,” (James 3:17), whereas the “Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil” is dual, double-minded, continually in opposition within itself, and has no peace. (James 3:16)
Check out this verse again:
That ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven: for he maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust.
For many years, I just saw that as “literal” sun and rain. I didn’t really see the significance there.
But one day, the Spirit opened it to me. THAT (Matt 5:45) IS oneness, living from the Tree of Life.
The Father without discrimination shines His sun (Son) on ALL — the “just” and “unjust.” The Father lives without discriminating between the two in the sense of where He sheds His only Blessing — which is the Son. His Rain, i.e., the Spirit, falls equally on the evil and the good. Same rain, same sun, blessing the evil and good, just and unjust.
Jesus said that if we are to be like the Father, that is how we will be. The outshining of our lives is indiscriminate regarding the “receivers.”
As Paul said, to one we are a savor of life, to others the stench of death. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder. (2 Cor 15:15; Ps 18:26)
The same “God” is available (his life-force, power, essence, substance [which IS Christ (Col 1:17)]) as Life or Death. (2 Cor 15:15; Ps 18:26)
There is really no mixture. In this world it appears as a mixture. Good and evil, all wrapped up together, some seemingly more good, some seemingly more evil. The good “side,” to preserve order and life, we obviously seek to continue, but bottom line, it is still from the wrong tree.
Yet from the Father’s perspective, which we by His grace can share, it is all PERFECT. The tension in the world between good and evil is exactly His plan in this current moment.
Good in this sense IS good, and evil in this sense IS evil. The world is meant to see, and everybody knows this, that “good” is right. It is just that it is unattainable by man, and every person for the most part seeks to promote his own goodness, or that of his party, country or cause, not knowing of course that this self-promotion of “good” is only vanity. And ultimately, if not done in Christ, it is no more righteous than outright evil.
Jesus said the whole ball of wax, did He not, when He said, “There is none good, save God.”? (Mk 10:18)
Any “goodness” that mankind reserves for itself, even the ability or supposed desire to dedicate itself to God, is still part of the wrong tree and the devil’s kingdom. Vanity.
So, we of the harsh message, say this:
“One thing thou lackest: go thy way, sell whatsoever thou hast, and give to the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven: and come, take up the cross, and follow me.” (Mk 10:21)
Meister Eckhart wrote that we have to be so poor there is not even a place for God.
How can this be?
In my own life in God, here is how it comes up:
I pray, “O God, I desire nothing but You.”
And then I realize — by grace — what vanity! There is nothing in me (alone) that can even desire a right desire! It would only be selfishness if I did — God for ME!
O wretched man that I am!
And that is where mercy comes in. He does it!
I thank my God through Jesus Christ my Lord! For having “nothing” I possess “all.” (2 Cor 10:6c)
Yea doubtless, and I count all things but loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord: for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and do count them but dung, that I may win Christ. (Phil 3:8).
The world RAGES around us. It boasts proudly and falsely of its own supposed all-pervasive power. But there is NO power except the Living God. Even the devil’s supposed “power” is in the hands of the Lord! And He works ALL THINGS after the counsel of His own will, for the purpose of manifesting the Son in the sons of God!
So, let us rejoice, lift up weak knees, and shout the shout of a King.
He hath not beheld iniquity in Jacob, neither hath he seen perverseness in Israel: the LORD his God is with him, and the shout of a king is among them. (Num 23:21)
Who is this King of glory? The LORD strong and mighty, the LORD mighty in battle.
Lift up your heads, O ye gates; even lift them up, ye everlasting doors; and the King of glory shall come in. (Ps 24:9,10)