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We Feed on Christ in His Church

October 21st, 2010
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“Who conquers, I will grant to eat from the tree of life,” that is, from the fruit of the cross, “which is in the paradise of my God.” The church is to be regarded as paradise, for “all things were done in figure,” and Adam was “the shadow of the one to come,” as the apostle teaches. Indeed, the tree of life is the wisdom of God, the Lord Jesus Christ, who hung on the cross. In the church and in the spiritual paradise, he gives to the faithful food of life and the sacrament of the celestial bread, of which you read, “Wisdom is the tree of life to those who embrace her.”

Tyconius, COMMENTARY ON THE APOCALYPSE 2.7.36. William C. Weinrich, Revelation, Ancient Christian Commentary on Scripture NT 12, 23 (Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press, 2005).

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  1. Mike Wright
    October 21st, 2010 at 06:59 | #1

    I’m not familiar with the commentary referenced in this post but it sure looks like the ancient Christians understood a whole lot more about the Bible than we give them credit for, not to mention a whole lot more than we (or at least most of us) do today. This insight made my day!

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