Revelation 2:7 – promise to overcomers
Revelation 2:7 – He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches.
Spirit-led believers can understand the “mysteries of the kingdom of God” (Luke 8:8-10), some of which the Lord includes as promises to the “overcomers” in the letters to the churches in Revelation.
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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.
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We all have ears, but this is speaking of that inner ear of the heart that receives the truth. Note here that Spirit is capitalized meaning God’s Spirit. This is not just any spirit, but the Holy Spirit of God. We also see here, that He is speaking to the churches, and suddenly jumps to individuals in the church when He says:
“To him that overcometh”. According to John’s own definition, to be an overcomer is to be a Christian (see notes on 1 John 5:4).
We are not saved collectively but as individuals. We as individuals must decide who we will follow. We notice here also that there is something to overcome. We must overcome lustful temptations of the flesh.
All believers in Jesus will eat of the tree of life. Jesus is the Tree of Life. True believers enjoy the promise of heaven (see notes on 22:2; Gen. 2:9).
God is a Spirit; Jesus is a Spirit who was housed in a body for His stay on earth. We are a spirit, as well, housed in a body. If we are a believer, our spirit will immediately go to heaven when it leaves our body. The body will rise at resurrection and rejoin our spirit. The tree of life is in heaven. Paradise is the garden in heaven. This is a heavenly restoration of the Garden of Eden. The heavenly, being even more wonderful.
Overcomers, or those who believe that Jesus is the Son of God (1 John 5:4-5) will eat from the tree of life. We are first introduced to the tree of life back in Genesis:
Genesis 2:9 – 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.
After the fall, God prevented man from eating of the tree of life, so that he would not live in sin forever:
Genesis 3:22-24 – 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 tree of life is symbolically used in the following proverbs:
Proverbs 3:18 – She [wisdom] is a tree of life to those who take hold of her, and happy are all who retain her.
Proverbs 15:4 – A wholesome tongue is a tree of life, but perverseness in it breaks the spirit.
Proverbs 11:30 – The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life, and he who wins souls is wise.
Proverbs 13:12 – Hope deferred makes the heart sick, but when the desire comes, it is a tree of life.
These proverbs describe characteristics and fruit of the Holy Spirit (Spirit of wisdom, unprofaned speech, righteousness, and hope fulfilled in Him), as found in the following passages:
Isaiah 11:2 – The Spirit of the LORD shall rest upon Him, the Spirit of wisdom and understanding, the Spirit of counsel and might, the Spirit of knowledge and of the fear of the LORD.
Ephesians 5:3-9 – But fornication and all uncleanness or covetousness, let it not even be named among you, as is fitting for saints; neither filthiness, nor foolish talking, nor coarse jesting, which are not fitting, but rather giving of thanks. For this you know, that no fornicator, unclean person, nor covetous man, who is an idolater, has any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and God. Let no one deceive you with empty words, for because of these things the wrath of God comes upon the sons of disobedience. Therefore do not be partakers with them. For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Walk as children of light (for the fruit of the Spirit is in all goodness, righteousness, and truth).
Romans 5:1-2, 5 – Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom also we have access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God…. Now hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit who was given to us.
Believers have a sure “hope” in the “glory of God” because of the access to God that we have gained through Jesus. Believers led by the Holy Spirit will exhibit the same characteristics as the Spirit:
Psalms 37:28-31 – For the LORD loves justice, and does not forsake His saints; they are preserved forever, but the descendants of the wicked shall be cut off. The righteous shall inherit the land, and dwell in it forever. The mouth of the righteous speaks wisdom, and his tongue talks of justice. The law of his God is in his heart; none of his steps shall slide.
Not only will overcomers be given an eternal inheritance, they will be able to eat freely of the tree of life. This is symbolic of eternal life without sin and the regained access to God through Christ (Romans 5:1-2), by obedience to the commandments to believe that Jesus is His Son and to love one another:
Romans 8:10-11 – And if Christ is in you, the body is dead because of sin, but the Spirit is life because of righteousness. But if the Spirit of Him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, He who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through His Spirit who dwells in you.
1 John 3:23-24 – And this is His commandment: that we should believe on the name of His Son Jesus Christ and love one another, as He gave us commandment. Now he who keeps His commandments abides in Him, and He in him. And by this we know that He abides in us, by the Spirit whom He has given us.
Revelation 22:14 – 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.
The tree of life is in the “Paradise of God” (Revelation 2:7). The “Paradise of God” was initially in the Garden of Eden. After the fall of man, God moved “Paradise” to the center of the earth. After the cross, when Jesus restored man to God, Jesus took “Paradise” to Heaven. For more on this topic, I recommend reading my pastor’s article: “Paradise Relocated.”
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