Revelation 2:7 Index
"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."
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"He who hath an ear..."

  • CLOSING: An admonition to heed the words of Jesus. "let him hear what the Spirit saith..." (KC 33)
  • That is, to heed the counsel given (Revelation 1:3; Isaiah 6:9, 10; Matthew 11:15). The same formula accompanies the promise to each of the seven churches. (7B 745)

"...let him hear..."

  • The Greek of this passage implies that those who hear will do so with understanding (Acts 9:4). Hearing God's word is meaningless unless the life thenceforth is conformed to the pattern of what has been heard (Matthew 19:21-27).

"...what the Spirit saith unto the churches..."

  • The promise here addressed particularly to the church at Ephesus belongs in a special sense to all "the churches" of apostolic times, as represented by the church at Ephesus. Though particularly appropriate to them, it applies also to believers in all ages (Revelation 1:11). (7BC 745)

" him that overcometh..."

  • PROMISE: What will be given if the church follows Jesus's instructions. "I give to eat of the tree of life..." (KC 33)
  • The words "to him that overcometh" are repeated after the promises to each church. It is in our eternal interest to hear and understand what the Spirit says to these churches. The Christian life is a growth process and each day we need to be overcoming. The Holy Spirit can change us and make our lives the witness they should be. (KC 38)
  • The form of the verb in Greek implies that the person "continues to overcome," or "keeps on winning." The thought of overcoming is a recurring theme in the Revelation. The promises of the Revelation have been especially precious to God's persecuted children in all ages. However, the context (Revelation 2:2-6) implies that the overcoming here referred to is, in a special sense, victory over the false apostles and teachers who had been tempting believers to eat of the tree of human knowledge. How appropriate that their reward for overcoming should be access to the tree of life! (7BC 745)

"...I give to eat of the tree of life..." (Genesis 2:9; Revelation 22:2)

  • "In the midst of the street of it, and on either side of the river, was there the tree of life, which bare twelve manner of fruits, and yielded her fruit every month: and the leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations" Revelation 22:2. The Word of God is to us the Tree of Life. Jesus said, "the words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life" John 6:63. The same energy that brought our world into existence is contained in God's Word. "Blessed are they that do his commandments, that they may have right to the tree of life, and may enter in through the gates into the city" Revelation 22:14. (KC 38)

"...which is in the midst..."

  • As in the Garden of Eden (Genesis 2:9). The location stresses the importance of the tree in God's plan for a perfect world. (7BC 745)

"...of the paradise of God." (Luke 23:43)

  • The Garden of Eden was "paradise" on earth. When Eden is restored to this world (PP 62; GC 646, 648), earth will once more become a "paradise." (7BC 745)