God & His Garden
Just as both the invisible, buried root and the visible main cane or main branch of a rose bush are united as one plant through the bud union, there is one G-d (Psalm 68:4; Isaiah 12:2, 26:4, 38:11) consisting of the invisible Father/Abba and the visible Son, Jesus Christ/Yeshua HaMashiach, whom are united in one Spirit/Ruach. All the fullness of G-d is manifested in His offspring, Jesus Christ/Yeshua HaMashiach just as we consider the visible canes or branches of a rose bush it’s fullness thereof. (Isaiah 9:6; John 1:1-4,18; 10:30; Ephesians 4:3-6; Colossians 1:15-18; 2:1-10; Revelation 22:16)
In the beginning, G-d/Elohim established a beautiful garden in just 6 days (on the 7th day/Sabbath G-d rested and enjoyed His garden). G-d/Elohim/Creator wanted His plants to forever thrive and flourish while setting up boundaries to protect His beautiful roses (Genesis 1-2).
Sin, defined in Scriptures as ‘lawlessness’ (I John 3:4), or without-law, was sown into G-d’s/Elohim’s/Creator’s landscape of life, which left untreated quickly spread
throughout (Genesis 3+). Similar to how black spot or other botanical diseases taint our roses, infectious sin plagues all human life and leads to physical and spiritual death revealing our desperate need for a remedy (Romans 3:9-26; 6:23).
The Savior, The Remedy
Yeshua, in Hebrew, means “salvation” and HaMashiach means “The Anointed One” or “The Messiah”.
Just as neem oil is produced by the pressing of the fruit of a neem tree and used to treat common diseases and pests found inhibiting our rose bushes, Jesus Christ/Yeshua HaMashiach, the sinless Son of G-d, was pressed on the cross, also made from a tree, so that His blood, like neem oil, could cover and cure our disease of sin if we apply it to our lives (Matthew 26-28; John 1:14,29; 1 Corinthians 15:1-4; 2 Corinthians 5:14-21; Galatians 3:13; Philippians 2:5-11). Additionally, the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ/Yeshua HaMashiach are manifested throughout botanical creation as the death of a flower leads to fruit full of life-giving seeds.
Just as life cannot exist without water, it is important those who claim to believe with their whole heart (Acts 8:36-38) believe by obeying Yeshua’s/Jesus’ commands and example to be baptized in His authoritative Name, Yeshua HaMashiach/Jesus Christ, calling unto Him, for in baptism we are united in Him (Matthew 28:18-20; Acts 2:37-39; 22:16; Romans 6:3-5; 10:13; Galatians 3:27; Colossians 2:11-12; Philippians 2:9-11; 2 Timothy 2:11; 1 Peter 3:18-22). Yeshua/Jesus taught that those who want to be planted in His abundant garden of everlasting life (enter the kingdom of God) need to be baptized by water and the Spirit/Ruach (John 3:3-6; Mark 16:16; Acts 2; Acts 19:2). As we submerse ourselves in Him and therefore identify ourselves as His, living waters will wash over us (water baptism), washing away our sins (Acts 22:16), which were covered in His blood, and at some point, living waters flow through us (baptism of Holy Spirit/Ruach HaKodesh), sustaining an adopted supernatural, flourishing life (John 4:1-26; 7:37-39; Revelation 22:1-2). Water not only washes away dirt (sin) in our garden, but is needed within our plants to thrive (Spirit/Ruach HaKodesh). Choosing to receive Him, His example, and His command through baptism by immersion in His Name/Yeshua HaMashiach is the first public step towards a long evolving and rewarding process of trusting and obeying Him (John 1:12-13; Acts 5:32; Galatians 3:14).
Baptism of Holy Spirit/Ruach HaKodesh
Similar to a gardener using his or her hands to plant small seeds of life in a receptive fertile soil, the Holy Spirit/Spirit of Holiness/Ruach HaKodesh is like a small incorruptible, holy seed implanted into a receiving fertile soul typically, but not limited to, through the laying of hands as G-d wills (John 1:13; Acts 8:12-19; Acts 9:17; Acts 14:3; Acts 19:1-6,11; Romans 8:9,14; 1 Timothy 4:14; 5:22; 2 Timothy 1:6; 1 Peter 1:23). The Holy Spirit/Ruach HaKodesh or Holy Ghost, also referred to throughout Scripture as the eternal Spirit (Hebrews 9:14), the Spirit of Christ (Romans 8:2; 1 Peter 1:11), and the gift of grace (Ephesians 1:6; 2:8-9) or Spirit of grace (Hebrews 10:29; Zechariah 12:10), is a promise (Acts 1:4; Acts 2:38-39) given by G-d in His timing to those who obey Him (Acts 5:32) – the hands of men and women are just a means by which God uses if He so chooses. Although the Spirit/Ruach typically is transmitted through hands of Spirit filled people, there are also instances where the Spirit fell on others without the laying of hands (Acts 2:1-6; 10:44-48) just like seeds can fall on to fertile soil due to blowing winds. Furthermore, the Book of Acts reveals that receiving the empowering Holy Spirit/Ruach HaKodesh (Acts 1:8) is so intensely powerful it manifests physically in some form upon initial implantation (i.e. speaking in tongues, healing, etc. – Acts 2:1-4; 8:12-19; 9:17-18; 10:44-48; 19:2-6). Throughout various realms or circumstances of life, the physical often manifests what’s going on in the spiritual (Hebrews 11:3).
After that incorruptible seed is implanted, rooted in Christ/Yeshua HaMashiach, and tended to, the Spirit/Ruach within will continue to grow and blossom eventually producing fragrance and fruit (Matthew 13; 2 Corinthians 2:14-17; Galatians 5:22-23; Ephesians 3:17; 1 Peter 1:22-23; 2 Peter 1:2-8). Throughout the life cycle of the seed, it matures into an established and flourishing rose bush, albeit the seed cooperates with its own development by responding in obedient faith to whatever nutrition and refreshment supplied (Psalm 42:7; Matthew 13:1-23; 31-32; 25:29-30; Luke 8:18; Acts 5:32; Ephesians 3:16-21; 2 Peter 3:14-18). Consequently, should the once tiny seedling embryo continue to thrive as it grows up in G-d, it will go onto produce fragrant flowers, emitting the fragrance of Christ/Yeshua HaMashiach, but then as part of the beautiful cycle, the flower dies to its self and one’s self-centered desires as it serves others in love, peace, patience, self-control, etc (Galatians 5:22-23) allowing the dead flower to produce many more seeds or disciples in Christ/Yeshua HaMashiach (Mark 16:15-18; John 15:8,16).
Trials & Tribulation Followed by Resurrection
Moreover, when a new rose is birthed, it goes through a lengthy trial to test how the rose will respond to various conditions and seasons before it can go onto market to be sold and enjoyed. The breeder looks for healthy canes and foliage, signs of disease, prolific flowering, fragrance, and so forth. Numerous roses grow side by side for many years in a test garden before the breeder decides to promote the overcoming, seasoned, ever-blooming rose. Whereas, other diseased or non-flourishing roses will be discarded and eventually composted.
Likewise, we will be tested and tried, dwelling side by side with unbelievers and the disobedient, rebellious roses through various trials and seasons (Matthew 13:24-43; Matthew 24; Romans 5:3-5; 1 Peter 1:3-7; 4:16-19; Revelation 7:13-14; 9:4; 12:17; 13:4-10; 14:12-13; 18:4, 20-19:2; 21), but in the end, upon our Breeder and Master Gardener’s inspection we will also be promoted through either the resurrection or the in-gathering depending on if our current state upon His inspection is in dormancy, also known as asleep or dead in Christ/Yeshua HaMashiach (deceased believers), compared to a rose still flourishing despite the difficult and exhausting season of heat (tribulation) encountered (I Corinthians 15; 1 Thessalonians 5:1-11; Revelation 10:7; 11:15-19; Ezekiel 26). At that moment, His chosen roses will be transplanted to be with Him and to glorify Him through an immortal fragrance of Christ in our designated roles for a millennium (Revelation 20:1-6; Zechariah 14). After the 1,000 years, the remaining dead and the roses that died during the millennium will be resurrected and will be judged according to their works and obedient faith (Revelation 20:7-15).
The Eternal Garden
Although many diseased or weak roses were composted in the Lake of Fire, all the immortal roses will dwell in G-d’s eternal garden forever emulating an aroma of Christ/Yeshua HaMashiach (Revelation 21-22).