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. 

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