“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.”
King James Version (KJV)
2:7 He that hath an ear, let him hear - Every man, whoever can hear at all, ought carefully to hear this. What the Spirit saith - In these great and precious promises. To the churches - And in them to every one that overcometh; that goeth on from faith and by faith to full victory over the world, and the flesh, and the devil. In these seven letters twelve promises are contained, which are an extract of all the promises of God. Some of them are not expressly mentioned again in this book, as the hidden manna, the inscription of the name of the new Jerusalem, the sitting upon the throne. Some resemble what is afterwards mentioned, as the hidden name, #Rev 19:12|; the ruling the nations, #Rev 19:15|; the morning star, #Rev 22:16|. And some are expressly mentioned, as the tree of life, #Rev 22:2|; freedom from the second death, #Rev 20:6|; the name in the book of life, #Rev 20:12|; 21:27; the remaining in the temple of God, #Rev 7:15|; the inscription of the name of God and of the Lamb, #Rev 14:1|; 22:4. In these promises sometimes the enjoyment of the highest goods, sometimes deliverance from the greatest evils, is mentioned. And each implies the other, so that where either part is expressed, the whole is to be understood. That part is expressed which has most resemblance to the virtues or works of him that was spoken to in the letter preceding. To eat of the tree of life - The first thing promised in these letters is the last and highest in the accomplishment, #Rev 22:2|,14,19. The tree of life and the water of life go together, #Rev 22:1|,2; both implying the living with God eternally. In the paradise of my God - The word paradise means a garden of pleasure. In the earthly paradise there was one tree of life: there are no other trees in the paradise of God.
Re 2:7 He that hath an ear. The call to solemn attention found at the close of each epistle. See Re 2: 7,11,17,29 3:6,13,22. To him that overcometh. The Christian life is a battle and must also be a victory. The Greek word "nikao", rendered "overcome", is peculiar to John. It occurs "once" in his Gospel (Joh 16:33), "six" times in his epistles (1Jo 2:13,14 4:4 5:4,5), and "sixteen" times in Revelation (Re 2:7,11,17,26 3:5,12,21 5:5 6:2 11:7 12:11 13:7 Re 15:2 17:14 21:7), but only "three" times in all the rest of the New Testament (Lu 11:22 Ro 3:4 12:21). To eat of the tree of life. The symbol of eternal life. The tree is seen in Eden (Ge 2:9 3:22), here, and in the New Jerusalem (Re 22:2). Which is in the midst of the paradise of God. Since the tree of life is found in both, Paradise and the New Jerusalem must mean the same. Paul uses the term as a synonym of the "Third Heaven", or Heaven itself (2Co 12:2-4).