You’re certainly not here (as a believer) to read more about what you already know doesn’t work . . .
That’s trying to be acceptable to God by doing things . . . things like going to church regularly, being involved in the community, keeping the Ten Commandments, following the Bible’s examples of faith, even by emulating Jesus and the Apostles.
Those are wonderful traits and admirable goals. But regardless of appearances, they are impossible to maintain inwardly . . . where being acceptable really counts.
The word gospel means “good news” yet all that trying and doing surely aren’t consistent with His invitation . . .
Come to Me, all who are weary and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light. (Matthew 11:28-30)
If your relationship with Him feels empty . . . or if your failures have seemingly pushed Him further and further away, allow me to untangle what you’ve learned so far and align it with what the Bible says cohesively so that you and He will be the best of friends . . . and “His rest” will prevail in your life.
To start with, God has only, and always, used the same standard for being acceptable. He presents it using two trees, both known by their fruit.
Essentially, God said “When you eat the fruit from the tree of death (thinking that you know what’s good and what’s evil) you’re going to find yourself separated from Me . . . your spirit separated from My Spirit.” That incident reflects our natural condition: we’re lifeless. But He offers the remedy . . .
Jesus was referring to Himself as the fruit from the tree of life (the cross) when He said “He who eats My flesh and drinks My blood has eternal life, and I will raise him up on the last day” (from ).
The account of those two trees is intended to show us that God loves us so much that He provided life through His Son before we discovered our death.
I’m sure you’re asking “If I’m already acceptable then why are there so many do’s and don’ts in the Bible?” Read on . . .