"Blessed are they that do his commandments, that they may have right to the tree of life, and may enter in through the gates into the city. For without are dogs, and sorcerers, and whoremongers, and murderers, and idolaters, and whosoever loveth and maketh a lie," Revelation 22:14 (KJV)In the primary texts of Rabbinic Judaism, the consensus of the Sages was that there are 2 segments of humanity: Israel and the Idolaters (see Neusner's "Restoring Judaism" for an analysis of the Rabbinic texts). Recently, I began to re-examine the Book of Revelation which also reflects this dichotomy as you can see from the above passage. So the Biblical idea is very simple: there are those who realize their calling as restored Humanity (via Yeshua, the "Last Adam") and those who reject this calling (i.e. the idolaters). The restored Humanity gets to return to "Eden" and partake of the Tree of Life. And so, in this paradigm, the Bible becomes a love letter written to all of humanity explaining how we can be restored to the Garden of Eden and once again have a face-to-face relationship with our loving Creator.
May everyone reading this make the decision--TODAY--to enter into His light and take hold of the Tree of Life.
"She is a tree of life to those who take hold of her; those who hold her fast will be blessed," Proverbs 3:18