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New American Standard Version of the Bible'He 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 (NAS)

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.

New American Standard Version of the Bible"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  (NAS)

The book of Proverbs gives this promise with respect to the tree of life:

New American Standard Version of the Bible"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:

New American Standard Version of the Bible"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' promises:

New American Standard Version of the BibleWhoever 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:

Jesus Promises:


Who read, hear and heed the words of this prophecy. He will be blessed. Revelation 1:3
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. Revelation 2:5
To him who overcomes. Will grant to eat of the tree of life. Revelation 2:7

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