Eternal life through the tree of life

Jesus made a remarkable promise to the church of Ephesus, 

‘He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches.  To him who overcomes I will give the right to eat from the tree of life, which is in the paradise of God.’  Revelation 2:7

We read about the Tree of Life next in the future New Jerusalem,

‘Then the angel showed me the river of the water of life, as clear as crystal, flowing from the throne of God and of the Lamb down the middle of the great street of the city. On each side of the river stood the tree of life….’  Revelation 22:1-2

So according to Jesus, the New Jerusalem is the Paradise of God.   God introduced us to the Tree of Life in the Garden of Eden, 

‘Now the Lord God had planted a garden in the east, in Eden; and there He put the man He had formed….  In the middle of the garden were the tree of life and the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.’  Genesis 2:8-9

What are the similarities between the Garden of Eden and the New Jerusalem?  They are the only two places mentioned in Scripture where God and man were in close fellowship with no sin that interfered.  In the first instance of the Garden of Eden, 

‘…the man and his wife heard the sound of the Lord God as He was walking in the garden in the cool of the day….’ Genesis 3:8 

That was the time they daily conversed with God.  Then, after an interlude of thousands of years, God finally accomplishes His goal, to be among His beloved people, 

‘…I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, ‘Now the dwelling of God is with men, and He will live with them.  They will be His people and God Himself will be with them and be their God.’ Revelation 21:3

That will be the eternal situation in the New Jerusalem.  Those whose names are written in the Book of Life will always see God’s face.  They will love and cherish Him and have fellowship.  And the source of sin, that ancient serpent called the devil or Satan, will be confined in hell.   He will no longer be able to harass God’s people.  And, in case we forget, at God’s right hand sits our beloved Bridegroom, Jesus Christ, the cherished Son of God. 

Author: Gerard and Alida

As you can see in the photo, there are two of us. We live and work together 24/7, studying and enjoying our grandchildren. Our passion is to know and understand what will happen after death. Is there a way to provide for and invest in that?

2 thoughts on “Eternal life through the tree of life”

  1. To him who ‘overcomes’.. for the longest time I would ask myself, overcome what? Could it be Satan? the world? sin? the flesh?
    It was in this context that I learned from our Father, by the Spirit, that men struggle to truly understand the depth of the cross.
    There is a theory that is taught which says “only believe that Jesus took your place on the cross” and thats that, do nothing else and you will be saved. Enter Rev 2:7 that says, those who overcome, overcome what? unbelief?
    I could never get how that works. I believed it but could never understand.
    Then the concept or idea of dying to self, like Paul says, “I die daily”, that implies something I must do, deny the desires of the flesh, crucify them.
    And this is where believing comes into play. What the crucifixion of Christ does for me is that it shows me that the flesh and its fears and desires is what resists the Spirit. Romans 8 tells us that being led by the flesh leads to death, and by the Spirit we life.
    This is the kernel of our faith in Christ and the message of the cross. So, in what do we believe, that Jesus is the Son of God, yes, but so do the demons and they are not saved.
    What does it help us if we believe but keep on sinning.
    Rev 2:7 says it clearly. “Those who overcome”
    By faith, we are crucified with Christ.

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