The Bible is considered a manual from God for our salvation. In it, God documents His plan for our redemption. God’s plan spans across 6,000 years and three ages: age of the Father, age of the Son, and age of the Holy Spirit (Mt 28:19).
According to God’s plan, God assigned a different name of the Savior in each age: Jehovah in the age of the Father, Jesus in the age of the Son, and a new name, Christ Ahnsahnghong, in the age of the Holy Spirit (Rev 2:17).
“I am coming soon . . . I will also write on them my new name. Whoever has ears, let them hear what the Spirit says to the churches.”
God and the Tree of Life
The tree of life grew in the Garden of Eden.
Then the LORD God planted a garden in Eden in the east, and there he placed the man he had made. The LORD God made all sorts of trees grow up from the ground—trees that were beautiful and that produced delicious fruit. In the middle of the garden he placed the tree of life and the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.
Genesis 2:8-9 (NLT)
And God allowed us to eat from the tree of life.
The LORD God put the man in the garden of Eden to care for it and work it. The LORD God commanded him, “You may eat the fruit from any tree in the garden, but you must not eat the fruit from the tree which gives the knowledge of good and evil. If you ever eat fruit from that tree, you will die!”
Genesis 2:15-17 (NCV)
God sternly commanded mankind to not eat from the tree of knowledge of good and evil because He did not want to see us die. And although God initially allowed us to eat from the tree of life, God revoked access to it once we disobeyed His command and ate from the tree of knowledge of good and evil. This is the reason we all face death. The only way to have eternal life is if God allows us to eat from the tree of life again.
Then the LORD God said, “Look, the human beings have become like us, knowing both good and evil. What if they reach out, take fruit from the tree of life, and eat it? Then they will live forever!”
Genesis 3:22 (NLT)
The Meaning of the Tree of Life
Although eating from the tree of life is the way to live forever, the tree contains a parable God left for His children. In other words, it’s an illustration to teach us about secrets of the kingdom of heaven.
O my people, listen to my instructions. Open your ears to what I am saying, for I will speak to you in a parable. I will teach you hidden lessons from our past.
Psalm 78:1-2 (NLT)
Since only God can give us eternal life through the tree of life, this parable also stands as a sign for us to recognize God. Jesus Christ revealed the reality of this parable 2,000 years ago. Because Jesus revealed the reality of the tree of life, the disciples were able to receive the name of Jesus and declare Him as the Savior (Acts 4:10-12).
The Parable Revealed
Jesus said concerning eternal life:
Jesus said, “I tell you the truth, you must eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood. Otherwise, you won’t have real life in you. Those who eat my flesh and drink my blood have eternal life, and I will raise them up on the last day.”
John 6:53-54 (NCV)
Rather than the fruit from the tree of life, Christ said His body and blood give eternal life. This means Christ is the reality to the tree of life. In the Garden of Eden, if we ate from the tree of life, we could have eternal life. And with Jesus saying that we can have eternal life by eating His flesh and drinking His blood, He makes it clear that His body and blood are the tree of life.
And Christ established the way to eat His flesh and drink His blood through the New Covenant Passover.
The Festival of Unleavened Bread, which is also called Passover, was approaching.
Luke 22:1 (NLT)
He took some bread and gave thanks to God for it. Then he broke it in pieces and gave it to the disciples, saying, “This is my body, which is given for you. Do this in remembrance of me.” After supper he took another cup of wine and said, “This cup is the new covenant between God and his people—an agreement confirmed with my blood, which is poured out as a sacrifice for you.”
Luke 22:19-20 (NLT)
Through the New Covenant Passover that Jesus Christ established 2,000 years ago, He opened the way to the tree of life once again. Jesus accomplished the work reserved only for God, letting us know He is God incarnate.
The teaching Jesus left will also allow us to recognize the Savior in our age—Second Coming Jesus.
The New Covenant Passover in the Age of the Holy Spirit
After Jesus Christ ascended to heaven, the way to eat from the tree of life, the New Covenant Passover, was lost; the Passover was abolished at the Council of Nicaea in A.D. 325. However, even that was part of God’s plan. Jesus let us know in the Bible that He would return as a man to restore the New Covenant Passover and grant us salvation.
so Christ was sacrificed once to take away the sin of many; and he will appear a second time, not to bear sin, but to bring salvation to those who are waiting for him.
The sign of salvation is the New Covenant Passover because it is the way to eat from the tree of life. It is the way to have eternal life. And, according to the Bible, only Second Coming Christ can bear this sign.
Thousands of theologians and Biblicists throughout history have studied the Bible. Yet, none of them could reveal the importance of celebrating the New Covenant Passover. Only Second Coming Jesus is able to do this. And the truth about the tree of life was reserved for only Second Coming Jesus to reveal.
So, when Christ Ahnsahnghong restored the New Covenant Passover in 1948, He accomplished the work the Bible explains is attributed only to God. This act is living proof Christ Ahnsahnghong is the new name of the Savior in our age.
The World Mission Society Church of God believes Christ Ahnsahnghong is Second Coming Christ—God incarnate who restored the way to eat from the tree of life so we may enter heaven. We invite you to visit your local World Mission Society Church of God to learn more about Christ Ahnsahnghong, the New Covenant Passover, and all the prophecies of the Bible that lead us to the Savior.