Revelation 2:7 “Whoever has ears, let them hear what the Spirit says to the churches. To the one who is victorious, I will give the right to eat from the tree of life, which is in the paradise of God.”
The 1st Century believers had to be victorious to receive salvation by faith, overcoming the persecution from the keepers of the Law. They had not yet eaten from the tree of life and not received salvation.
This was the time of great tribulation during the 1st century before the Temple was destroyed.
Matthew 24 “Jesus left the temple and was walking away when his disciples came up to him to call his attention to its buildings. 2 “Do you see all these things?” he asked. “Truly I tell you, not one stone here will be left on another; every one will be thrown down.”….9 “Then you will be handed over to be persecuted and put to death, and you will be hated by all nations because of me. 10 At that time many will turn away from the faith and will betray and hate each other,….. 13 but the one who stands firm to the end will be saved. ….. 21 For then there will be great distress, unequaled from the beginning of the world until now—and never to be equaled again….. 34 Truly I tell you, this generation will certainly not pass away until all these things have happened.”
That generation of AD30-AD70 was the only time period when the Christian had to endure till the end to receive salvation. They had to endure in faith to be saved in the end of the Law. If they went back to the Law, then they would not be saved. Salvation was only received in the end for them if they endured till the Law disappeared in AD70.
The Law was obsolete on the cross but it disappeared when the Temple was destroyed in AD70.
Hebrews 8:13 “By calling this covenant “new,” he has made the first one obsolete; and what is obsolete and outdated will soon disappear.”
The old heaven and earth (old covenant) was the Old Jerusalem.
Galatians 4 “One covenant is from Mount Sinai….and corresponds to the present city of Jerusalem….But the Jerusalem that is above is free, and she is our mother.”
The old heaven and earth passed away in AD70 at the destruction of the earthly Jerusalem of the Law. The new heaven and earth (new covenant) is here today!We are in the spiritual New Jerusalem of GRACE.
Revelation 21 “Then I saw “a new heaven and a new earth,” for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and there was no longer any sea. 2 I saw the Holy City, the new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride beautifully dressed for her husband”
Hebrews 12 “22 But you have come to Mount Zion, to the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem. You have come to thousands upon thousands of angels in joyful assembly, “
Revelation 22 ” On each side of the river stood the tree of life, bearing twelve crops of fruit, yielding its fruit every month. And the leaves of the tree are for the healing of the nations. 3 No longer will there be any curse.”
Today, the believer is not journeying to salvation because the Law does not exist anymore. Today, when a person believes in Jesus Christ, we instantly eat from the tree of life in the New Jerusalem. Once you eat from the tree of life by faith in Christ then you will live forever spiritually.
Genesis 3 “the tree of life and eat, and live forever.”