The Garden of God in the Valley of Decision
“The Gospel, upon which all things matters”
The Bible teaches a lot but it’s mainly about salvation by grace through faith in Christ who was sacrificed by crucifixion to pay the price for our sin to give us eternal life.
John 3:16 (KJV)
For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.
2 Peter 3:9 (KJV)
The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.
Isaiah 53:4-5 (KJV)
Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted. But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed.
2 Corinthians 5:21 (KJV)
For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.
Romans 4:25 (KJV)
Who was delivered for our offenses, and was raised again for our justification.
The alternative or default by no decision to receive or rejecting the salvation of God is damnation with Satan. The consequences are grief with eternal death because there is no blackout state after physical death. But a waiting in the midsts of millions of others facing judgement and punishment by a fiery suffering that never ends. Briefly touching on the Biblical account for those who believe.
1 Peter 4:17 (KJV)
For the time is come that judgment must begin at the house of God: and if it first begin at us, what shall the end be of them that obey not the gospel of God?
1 Thessalonians 4:16-18 (KJV)
For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him. For this we say unto you by the word of the Lord, that we which are alive [and] remain unto the coming of the Lord shall not prevent them which are asleep. For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: Then we which are alive [and] remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord. Wherefore comfort one another with these words.
The Bible was once a doctrine of a vast mystery threaded by metaphors to be deciphered in an appointed time. This is what we know now:
Along with a metaphoric tree of death who is Satan, with seed of words that afflicted deadly fruit that caused the fall to sin of Adam and Eve, consequentially all mankind, God planted a mystery tree of life, Christ, with seed and fruit or words that can restore or redeem us from sin and eternal damnation through faith. All who believe can receive salvation by grace through faith in Christ who paid the price of physical death for our sin.
Romans 10:8-11 (KJV)
But what saith it? The word is nigh thee, even in thy mouth, and in thy heart: that is, the word of faith, which we preach; That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed.
All who firmly believe and remorsefully confess their state of sin with a commitment to obedience to the Word of God is the first step. Christ’s payment of death and His resurrection was for our redemption. By confessing and believing upon the death and resurrection of Christ to be for our salvation from sin by grace and faith in Him, we become spiritually born again as a branch in Him, the tree of life. That is a very important step.
Romans 6:23 (KJV)
For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Ephesians 2:8-9 (KJV)
For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast.
John 15:5 (KJV)
I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing.
Christ being innocent of sin was raised from the dead on the third day of experiencing physical death on our behalf. It is important to note that He never died spiritually as mankind have. He gave his physical life for us. God's restoration for those who are saved is not carnal but from spiritual death to spiritual life. Sinful flesh cannot be redeemed but should be controlled to avoid falling or backsliding to sin spiritually.
Galatians 5:16 (KJV)
This I say then, Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfil the lust of the flesh.
“The Garden of God”
The Garden of God is a biblical metaphor of spiritual planting and harvesting of souls from the Book of Genesis to the Book of Revelation. For Bible teachers, this is a biblical based researched study that profoundly unravels the scriptural code of horticultural metaphors. Everyone is invited to freely learn and teach about this eternally important doctrine presented by the Bible.
Joel 3:14 Multitudes, multitudes in the valley of decision: for the day of the LORD is near in the valley of decision.
The divine metaphors and parables surrounding the “Garden of God” involves a great host of entities including God, man, holy angels, fallen angels, and the entire world from the beginning of its creation to the end. It is truly an epic struggle over eternal life and death. The complexity of the struggle hinges upon man’s free will to choose between love for the world and things in the world or love for God.
1 John 2:15 Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him. James 4:4 Ye adulterers and adulteresses, know ye not that the friendship of the world is enmity with God? whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world is the enemy of God.
The good seed, root of Jesse, the tree of life, the vine, the branches, the fruit, root of David, the former rain, the latter rain and the harvest are examples of divine metaphors spanning thousands of years of biblical prophecy. In the form of horticultural metaphors, they are weaved throughout the Bible. Altogether, they identify people and entities, good and evil while outlining a sequence of events directed by God from the beginning of the world to the end.
1 Corinthians 1:27 But God hath chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise; and God hath chosen the weak things of the world to confound the things which are mighty;
While I may point out and comment on biblical doctrine concerning this, it would be prudent for the reader to receive biblical teachings with an open heart but diligently search the scripture to verify the validity and accuracy of what is presented. This process has been made easy by my presenting scripture for your scrutiny as a starting point. You only need to verify that it is scripture that agree with other scripture since the Bible interprets itself. The people of Berea in the book of Acts demonstrated this principle.
Acts 17:10-11 And the brethren immediately sent away Paul and Silas by night unto Berea: who coming thither went into the synagogue of the Jews. These were more noble than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness of mind, and searched the scriptures daily, whether those things were so.