1. What does it mean to overcome?

As Jesus completed His letter to the Church of Ephesus, He  promised that they would eat from the Tree of Life if they overcame:

He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches; To him that overcometh will I give to eat of the tree of life, which is in the midst of the paradise of God (Rev 2: 7)

Nikaō is the Greek word used for overcome in the text. Its usage indicates that it means to:

  • overcome an enemy in a battle and win – Luke 11: 22
  • overcome in tribulation –  Jn 16: 33
  • believe God’s word – Rom 3: 4
  • overcome evil with good – Rom 12: 21
  • Overcome the wicked one –  1 Jn 2: 3, 4
  • Overcome the world system – 1 Jn 4: 4; 1 Jn 5: 4 & 5

Nikaō comes from the Greek word nikē, which is used once in the KJV of the bible and carries the meaning of overcoming or being victorious over the world system by faith:

For whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world: and this is the victory (nikē) that overcometh the world, even our faith (1 John 5 : 4)

Jesus therefore concluded His letter to the Ephesians by asking them to believe His word and to overcome the evil one in order to inherit eternal life.

 

2. The Tree of Life in heaven is in the middle of God’s paradise

I’ve written previously about the tree of life, which in scripture refers to:

  • A real tree of  life which bears 12 varieties of fruits monthly
  • A tree whose leaves possess hidden, healing properties (Rev 22: 2)
  • Jesus the Tree of Life or The True Vine (John 15)
  • The Word of God – enjoyed by those who abide in Christ (John 15)

Therefore, to eat from the Tree of Life means to:

  • Fellowship with Jesus and to be taught by Him
  • Enter heaven, which is God’s Paradise
  • To live forevermore.

God also placed a Tree of Life in the Garden of Eden.  Unfortunately, we do not know exactly where this tree is.  However, I believe that the fruits of the tree of life can be found here on earth.  There are some fruits with unusual life giving properties. People who eat these fruits enjoy unusually long lives, when other factors are equal (for example, diet, exercise).

Examples of such fruits may include the:

  • Mangosteen
  • Grape – Jesus deliberately used it as a symbol of His cleansing blood. Read about its healing properties
  • Olive

NB: Check the Himalayas

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