But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die. GIFTS & CALLINGS WITHOUT REPENT. CARLSBAD, NM 50-0300
E-11 (…) Now, the Spirit of Christ is in the Church. It has never left the Church; It's been in the Church. And the days are growing evil, because that knowledge, man's knowledge, that he received in the garden of Eden... When he left the Tree of Life to eat from the tree of knowledge, that knowledge is increasing constantly. And as knowledge increases, they get away from the Bible and get into a theory.
THREE WITNESSES. ERIE, PA 51-0728
E-16 In the garden of Eden there were two trees, one of them was the knowledge. And the other one the Tree of Life. And when man left the Tree of Life and took the first bite off the tree of knowledge, he separated himself from God. And now he bit off gunpowder, destroys himself. He bit off an electricity, pulling the coal from the earth, where un--beneath it, is eight thousand miles of burning volcano, and these...
Now, he's bit hisself off automobile, kills more people than all the wars. He's got hisself a hydrogen bomb now; I wonder what he's going to do with that. He's still biting from that tree of knowledge. And every time he bites, he just separates himself away, destroys himself.
And God is not known by knowledge, God's known by faith; by faith, you believe. Not try to figure it out, you just believe. And that's the way God is known. God bless you.
FAITH IN THE SON OF GOD. HAMMOND, IN 52-0715
E-8 "Well," I said, "Doctor, you excuse me for talking to you like this, for you're a smart man." But I said, "You know, when the trees, in the garden of Eden there were two of them, and one of them was the tree of knowledge, and the other One is the Tree of Life. And man left this Tree to bypass of this tree," and I said, "when he took his first bite off the tree, let it be whatever it was... (I got my idea of that.) So whatever it was, when he tooken his first bite, he separated himself from his Maker. And ever since then, he's been biting off that tree. And every time he bites off that tree, he destroys himself." I said, "God destroys nothing. Man destroys himself by knowledge."
EARNESTLY CONTENDING FOR THE FAITH. CONNERSVILLE, IN 53-0614
E-25 God's getting ready to take His, and the devil's getting ready to take his. Hallelujah. There's no ifs to God's Word, before the Church. They say, "It's THUS SAITH THE LORD; we believe it." Let the world say what they want to. They always scoffed and laughed. They come from back in the beginning. Look how fundamental sometimes we can be without knowing truth.
Now notice, back there in the beginning, when Cain and Abel came out of the garden, driven out, because that there was sin. Death had separated them from God. And God put a Cherubim, Angel with a flaming sword around the Tree to protect that Tree of Life.
Now, here's the tree of death. I have my idea of what it was; you can have yours. But anyhow, that whenever they'd taken this tree, they were going to die. But if they ever taken this Tree, they were going to live.
So, when they'd taken the tree of death, that separated them from God, and He put an Angel around that Tree to keep them from taking It. Because the very time that they'd taken of that Tree, they would live forever, even knowing good from evil. Is that right? All right.
Then notice. That tree was the woman, and when they... when Adam partaken of this, it separated him... The woman still brings the--the life in the world; it has to die again. But the Tree of Life that was standing in there, was Jesus Christ. When He come down there at the Jewish feast that day, and they said, "Our fathers eat manna in the wilderness."...
And He said, "And they're every one dead. But I am the Bread of Life that come from heaven. If a man eat thereof, he shall never die." He was that Tree that was in the garden of Eden.
And just as sure as we're borned of a woman, we're full of sorrow, and few days, and die. But every man that's borned by Jesus Christ, the Son of God, has Everlasting Life and will be raised up again in the last day.
But it mustn't be an impersonation; it must be a genuine Holy Ghost, regenerated birth, that makes a new creature out of him. It can't be just a make belief, or some theology. It must absolutely be a supernatural birth.
Just as there was pains and groaning in the first birth of natural, there'll have to be the same thing in the second, making a man a new creature in Christ Jesus. Hallelujah.