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.
The fruit of the tree of life in the Garden of Eden possessed supernatural
virtue. To eat of it was to live forever. Its fruit was the antidote of death.
. . .
entrance of sin the heavenly Husbandman transplanted the tree of life to the
saints, who have loved God and kept His commandments here, will enter in through
the gates of the city, and have right to the tree of life. They will eat freely
of it as our first parents did before their fall. The leaves of that immortal
widespread tree will be for the healing of the nations. All their woes will
then be gone. Sickness, sorrow, and death they will never again feel, for
the leaves of the tree of life have healed them. Jesus will then see of the
travail of His soul and be satisfied, when the redeemed, who have been subject
to sorrow, toil, and afflictions, who have groaned beneath the curse, are
gathered up around that tree of life to eat of its immortal fruit, that our
first parents forfeited all right to, by breaking God's commands. There will
be no danger of their ever losing right to the tree of life again, for he
that tempted our first parents to sin will be destroyed by the second death.
to all the commandments of God was the condition of eating of the tree of
life. Adam fell by disobedience. . . .
through Jesus Christ gives to man perfection of character and a right to that
tree of life. The conditions of again partaking of the fruit of the tree are
plainly stated in the testimony of Jesus Christ to John: "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."
to the tree of life in the long-lost Eden, the redeemed will "grow up"
to the full stature of the race in its primeval glory. The last lingering
traces of the curse of sin will be removed, and Christ's faithful ones will
appear in "the beauty of the Lord our God," in mind and soul and
body reflecting the perfect image of their Lord. Oh, wonderful redemption!
long talked of, long hoped for, contemplated with eager anticipation, but
never fully understood.