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"If God is sovereign, then his lordship must extend over all of life, and it cannot be restricted to the walls of the church or within the Christian orbit." Abraham Kuyper Common Grace 1.1.

Tuesday, 24 December 2013

Kuyper's Common Grace #CG1.1 Chapter 17

17. The Tree of Life

The dominant view of the tree of life in the early twentieth century was that it was a sacramental sign. Kuyper feels that this view is weak.  To understand the significance of the tree we need to move from what is known to what is unknown. And nothing is mentioned about it being a sacrament. 

There were two trees: a duality; an is also according to Kuyper a duality: soul and body. The two trees correspond to intellectual consciousness and moral knowledge. The tree of life has to do with our physical not our spiritual existence. It is the tree of knowledge that has spiritual significance. All the other trees in the garden Adam was permitted to eat, they were for the physical nourishment of his body. 

The tree of life will be common on the new earth - “spiritual salvation will be fully accomplished” (164)

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