He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. To him who overcomes I will give to eat from the tree of life, which is in the midst of the Paradise of God.
When Adam and Eve, disobeying what God had commanded them, eating from the fruit of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, they were excluded from eating from another tree that was in paradise: the tree of life. Disobedience to God is sin, which not only separated Adam and Eve from His presence and access to the tree of life, but that impediment extended to all mankind after them. But there is a beautiful promise in Revelation 2:7: To him who overcomes I will give to eat from the tree of life, which is in the midst of the Paradise of God.
The tree of life is part of God’s original design. In Genesis 2:9 we read, And out of the ground the Lord God made every tree grow that is pleasant to the sight and good for food. The tree of life was also in the midst of the garden, and the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. We see the similarity between Genesis 2:9 and Revelation 2:7, both the first book of the Bible and the last one coincide in saying that the tree of life is in the middle of the garden, the paradise of God. This is a demonstration for the detractors of the Holy Scriptures to realize the concordance of the Bible.
Once the sin of Adam and Eve had been consummated, when they were expelled from paradise, they were lost enjoying the tree of life. Genesis 3:22-24 tells the moment of the departure of the first humans from the Garden of Eden, Then the Lord God said, “Behold, the man has become like one of us, to know good and evil. And now, lest he put out his hand and take also of the tree of life, and eat, and live forever” therefore the Lord God sent him out of the Garden of Eden to till the ground from which he was taken. So He drove out the man; and He placed cherubim at the east of the Garden of Eden, and a flaming sword which turned every way, to guard the way to the tree of life.
The Bible does not mention the tree of life until Revelation 2:7, where it promises to feed it from the tree to the one who overcomes. When He says that whoever overcomes is talking about not everyone will have access to the tree of life. Who will eat of the tree of life? Mark 13:13 says, And you will be hated by all for My name’s sake. But he who endures to the end shall be saved. He that overcomes, he that endures to the end shall be saved, and shall eat of the tree of life.
Where can the tree of life be eaten? In Revelation 22:1-3 we find the answer and what the leaves of this tree do, And he showed me a pure river of water of life, clear as crystal, proceeding 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, which bore twelve fruits, each tree yielding its fruit every month. The leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations. And there shall be no more curse, but the throne of God and of the Lamb shall be in it, and His servants shall serve Him. In the new city that descends from heaven, in the middle of it, will be the tree of life.
What a beautiful promise! The new paradise of God is the New Jerusalem, the city that will not need artificial lighting because God himself will light it 24 hours a day. Revelation 22:14 gives us great hope: Blessed are those who do His commandments, that they may have the right to the tree of life, and may enter through the gates into the city. Let´s persevere to the end, wash our clothes, overcome and we’ll eat from the tree of life. God bless you.