"But in your hearts set apart Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect, keeping a clear conscience, so that those who speak maliciously against your good behavior in Christ may be ashamed of their slander." ~ 1 Peter 3:15-16

Four Trees: 3 Alive 1 Dead

Whenever we mentioned that there were two trees, being good biblical horticulturists we seem to only remember that two living trees in that garden. Yes, even that particular one is considered a living tree, despite having tremendous negative impact on mankind (or positive depending on your perspective).

Few will remember about the third tree, that one true Tree, of which we are the branches and must partake in the Life of that Tree. But even fewer will realize that there is yet another tree, the fourth tree which is mentioned in the Scripture. So which is the fourth tree, and a dead one? It's none other than the dead tree which the Lord was nailed to during cruxification (KVJ: Acts 5:30, Acts 10:39, Acts 13:29, Gal 3:13, 1 Pet 2:24).

Of course, there are many more trees and bushes in the Scripture, but here is what J. Davis said in his article, "The Splendor of Thorns" published in Answers Magazine (Vol. 4, No. 3), "Adam comes naked to a live tree and spiritually murders the entire human race by a single act of disobedience. Jesus comes to a dead tree and allows Himself to be stripped naked. Then, in the ultimate act of obedience - His very death after a lifetime of full and total obedience to God - He makes alive all those who would ever by God's grace repent of their sins and trust in Him alone for salvation."

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