There were two trees in the midst of the Garden of Eden, the tree of knowledge and the tree of Life. Satan did not use the tree of Life to tempt Adam and Eve, but rather appeared to them in the tree of knowledge. He still abides in that tree to this day! Men and women who try to approach Jesus on that level, scholasticism, even Bible knowledge are eating from the forbidden tree. God is Spirit and they who would know Him must do so in the Spirit of Truth, not the tree of what is good and what is evil… the letter of the law weather it be Old or New Testament law, still kills. Knowledge, even Bible knowledge, puffs up the carnal mind and elevates the one possessing it over his fellow man. But the love of God edifies those around the person walking in His love.
The temptation is still the same today, “If you eat of this tree (the tree of the knowledge of good and evil) you will be like God!” It is a lie. The tree of knowledge killed Adam and Eve and it still kills today all who eat of it. If we are truly born by the Father from above we are spirit beings and as such must feed on the Tree of Life, Jesus Christ, by His Spirit in us. Jesus told the Pharisees, “You search the scriptures, in them you think you will find life and it is they which speak of me, but you will not come to me that you might have life.” The scriptures were given for one reason. They all point us to Christ (see Luke 24:27) who IS our Life. HE and only He is to be our All in all. Sad to say, many have been seduced by the enemy’s appeal to approach God through the power of their intellects and then they turn around and ask all others to bow before the idol they have created out of their Bible knowledge (see Acts 20:29-31). God has not changed His mind, they who worship Him must do so in His Spirit and in His Truth and Jesus only is that Truth and is not replaced by what has been written about Him. The Bible is only an imperfect shadow of the One who IS the Truth and we must come to Him to really know God in an intimate way. Jesus did not promise a gilded leather bound book to take His place, but He DID promise us a heavenly Teacher…
“But when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will show you things to come. He shall glorify me: for he shall receive of mine, and shall show it unto you. All things that the Father has are mine: therefore said I, that he shall take of mine, and shall show it unto you.”
(John 16:13-15 KJ2000)