The Forgotten Tree

*** This article is part of a blog series about what it means to live with Christ as our source. You can check out the Introduction to the series here. ***

Please do yourself a favour and download this pdf:

It is a free chapter from the book, Jesus Manifesto, written by Frank Viola and Leonard Sweet. It reveals Christ in a very unique way and is directly related to what we have been discussing on this blog the last while.

Here is the description of the book from the website for a bit of context:

Christians have made the gospel about so many things—things other than Christ. Religious concepts, ideas, doctrines, strategies, methods, techniques, programs, and formulas have all eclipsed the beauty, the glory, and the reality of the Lord Jesus Himself. On the whole, the Christian family today is starved for a real experience of the living Christ. We know a lot about our Lord, but we don’t know Him very well. We know a lot about trying to be like Jesus, but very little about living by His indwelling life. “Jesus Manifesto” presents a fresh unveiling of Jesus as not only Savior and Lord, but as so much more. It is a prophetic call to restore the supremacy and sovereignty of Christ in a world—and a church—that has lost sight of Him. Read this book and see your Lord like you’ve never seen Him before.

I would HIGHLY recommend this book. It reveals Christ on every page and really brings one back to the cornerstone of Christianity again. If you like this free chapter, you will LOVE the book. So give it a read and let the Lord speak to your heart. And if you like it enough and would like to get your hands on the book, let me know and I will point you in the right direction.

I’m still very much enjoying the fellowship on this blog. Thanks for all the comments and collaborations. You all make this blog what it is! Enjoy going deeper into the revelation of Christ as your source of life.


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2 thoughts on “The Forgotten Tree

  1. A further addition to Lynley’s comment “We depend on the tree being there and need to return there often” i feel that we need to understand how totally different his ways are,eg. .Where we would be inclined to Hate, He would love, Where we would be inclined to bear a grudge He would forgive, Where we would retaliate in rebellion,He would rather submit. Where we would be inclined to lust He would exercise self control, Where we would be inclined to fear He would prefer to trust Father God.And where we would be inclined to be proud, He would rather be humble.

    1. Hey Oupa

      Thanks for this comment. I hear you. The Lord is everything that we are not. He is of a different life form, and therefore he will always be able to think, say and act differently to us. That is why we could never hope to live up to His standard. He is perfect, living by God’s uncreated eternal life. And we, we are human beings currently filled with and living by sinful, corrupted life.

      Hence, the only way we can live like Christ and do as He would is if we EAT him. Yes, we need to fill ourselves with His life and slowly but surely, just like a baby grows though eating, we too will grow and eventually be able to live, move, speak and act just like Christ would. For we will be living from the same source and be build together by the same spiritual matter.

      How wonderful that the Lord came to provide a way for us to partake of God’s life! What a Lord! May we eat more and more of Him every day.

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