The Flaming Sword

by Lucinda Evans

So he drove out the man; and he placed at the east of the garden of Eden Cherubims, and a flaming sword which turned every way, to keep the way of the tree of life. Genesis 3:24

In His sovereignty and in His love, God drove fallen man from the garden so that he couldn't partake of the Tree of Life and be eternally sealed in his fallen condition. Notice that the scripture doesn't say that the sword was to keep man from the Tree, rather it was to keep the WAY of the Tree of Life. There was only one way, and the flaming sword insured that it would only be that way that man would come. It was never the heart of God to keep man from His presence, rather it was His heart to prepare and entrance thereunto.

Jesus declared that He was the WAY, the TRUTH, and the LIFE and that no man could come to the Father but by Him. He was the message, the Word come down from heaven and it was only through him that man would be redeemed from his fallen state and partake of the Tree of Life and be SEALED in the life of God to never be corrupted again. From the cross of Calvary He declared out of the midst of His anguish, "IT IS FINISHED" and it is the message of that FINISHED WORK which keeps (tends) the way.

Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might. Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness; And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace; Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked. And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God: Eph.6:10-17

In scripture, a sword usually represents the Word of God and the scope of its power. Fire usually represents God Himself for He declares in His Word that "God is a consuming fire" (Hebrews 12:29). So it is easy for us to see that the flaming sword was the WORD OF GOD. Fire also can represent judgment or cleansing. Either way, the purpose of fire is to correct that which is wrong, purify that which has been tainted and bring into a state of being that is pleasing unto the Father.

"The Word of God is quick (living, alive, powerful) and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and Spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart." Hebrews 4:12. The Word reveals to us that which is of the soul and of the Spirit. That which comes out of the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil verses that which comes from The Tree of Life. The soulish realm if not renewed with the Word of God will only react through reason and logic. The Word will enable the Spirit which has been made new to react independently of the soul, thereby releasing that which is good and pure. It is through the Word of God, or this flaming sword, that His nature is worked in us and we become a reflection of Him, ministers as of a flame of fire.

And of the angels he saith, Who maketh his angels spirits, and his ministers a flame of fire. Heb. 1:7

These ministers are empowered to bring forth the Word of God, a pure word undefiled by the traditions of men. A proceeding word declared from the heavens that releases the life and kingdom of God in the earth.

"He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches; To him that overcometh will I give to eat of the tree of life, which is in the midst of the paradise of God." Revelation 2:7

How is it that we really overcome. He hear much said concerning the FINISHED WORK and yet we are given sermon after sermon concerning what WE MUST DO to OVERCOME! The truth is that man was never able to overcome and that is why Calvary was necessary. All that we are to do is to receive by faith, for 'the just shall live by faith"! Faith that HE WAS AND IS WELL ABLE! That Jesus not only made the WAY, but HE IS THE WAY! So how is it that we overcome?

Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;) And hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus: That in the ages to come he might show the exceeding riches of his grace in his kindness toward us through Christ Jesus. 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. For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them. Eph. 2:5-10

Revelation 12:11 And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives unto the death.

Through the FINISHED WORK, we are COMPLETE IN HIM. And now as we walk with Him, the Word of God becomes a flaming sword in our hearts, renewing our minds to the FINISHED WORK. Bringing understanding to us so that our carnality of self-effort can forever be cut away from us and we can receive by faith the FULLNESS of His grace in our experience. The flaming sword (THE MESSAGE) has circumcised our hearts and kept the WAY IN WHICH WE ARE TO GO and has brought us to the Tree of Life to partake of His divine nature. O PRAISE HIS NAME FOREVER!