who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. To him who
overcomes, I will grant to eat of the
tree of life, which is in the Paradise of God.' Revelation 2:7
What is the tree of life?
The Christians in the time that Revelation was
written would probably have been aware of the story of the tree of
life in the garden of Eden, from the book of Genesis and also the other
references in the Old Testament to this tree. The fruit of this tree, given by God, allowed
people to live forever.
"Then the LORD God said, "Behold, the man has become like one of Us,
knowing good and evil; and now, lest he stretch out his hand, and take also
from the tree of life, and eat, and live forever"-- Genesis 3:22
The book of Proverbs gives this promise with respect to the tree of life:
"The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life, and he who is wise wins
souls." Proverbs 11:30 (NAS)
The end of the book of Revelation tells about the tree of life being in
heaven near the throne room of God:
"And he showed me a river of the water of life, clear as crystal, coming
from the throne of God and of the Lamb, in the middle of its street. And
on either side of the river was the tree of life, bearing twelve kinds of
fruit, yielding its fruit every month; and the leaves of the tree were for the
healing of the nations." Revelation 22:1-2 (NAS)
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What does it mean to "Overcome?"
The word "overcome" used in Revelation 2:7
(and elsewhere in the Revelation) is from the Greek
word #3528 which is "nikao" (pronounced nik-ah'-o)
which means to "subdue," or "conquer."
Men and women do not overcome the world
(being saved) on their own; but rather by the blood
of Christ...and an obedient faith in Jesus'
believes that Jesus is the Christ is born of God;
and whoever loves the Father loves the child born of
Him. 2By this we know that we love the
children of God, when we love God and observe His
commandments. 3For this is the love of
God, that we keep His commandments; and His
commandments are not burdensome. 4For
whatever is born of God overcomes the world; and
this is the victory that has overcome the world--
our faith. 5And who is the one who
overcomes the world, but he who believes that Jesus
is the Son of God? I John 5:1-5 (John writing to
Christians - NAS)
"He who has believed and has
been baptized shall be saved; but he who has
disbelieved shall be condemned." Mark 16:16 (Jesus'
promise prior to His ascension into heaven - NAS -
see also Matthew 28:19 and Acts 2:38-39.)
The instructions that Jesus
gives to His bond-servants (Christians) in the
Revelation are added below:
To the Christians
(to those in Jesus'
church...the bride of Christ):
Who do what:
|Who read, hear and heed the words of this prophecy.
||He will be blessed.
|Change your hearts and do the things you did at first.
||If you don't change, I will come to you. I will take away
your lampstand from its place.
To him who
||Will grant to eat of the tree of life.
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