1 And he showed me a pure river of water of life, clear as crystal, proceeding from the throne of God and of the Lamb.
2 In the middle of its street, and on either side of the river, was the tree of life, which bore twelve fruits, each tree yielding its fruit every month. The leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations.
3 And there shall be no more curse, but the throne of God and of the Lamb shall be in it, and His servants shall serve Him.
4 They shall see His face, and His name shall be on their foreheads.
5 There shall be no night there: They need no lamp nor light of the sun, for the Lord God gives them light. And they shall reign forever and ever.
6 Then he said to me, “These words are faithful and true.” And the Lord God of the holy prophets sent His angel to show His servants the things which must shortly take place.
7 “Behold, I am coming quickly! Blessed is he who keeps the words of the prophecy of this book.”
8 Now I, John, saw and heard these things. And when I heard and saw, I fell down to worship before the feet of the angel who showed me these things.
9 Then he said to me, “See that you do not do that. For I am your fellow servant, and of your brethren the prophets, and of those who keep the words of this book. Worship God.”
10 And he said to me, “Do not seal the words of the prophecy of this book, for the time is at hand.
11 He who is unjust, let him be unjust still; he who is filthy, let him be filthy still; he who is righteous, let him be righteous still; he who is holy, let him be holy still.”
12 “And behold, I am coming quickly, and My reward is with Me, to give to every one according to his work.
13 I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End, the First and the Last.”
14 Blessed are those who do His commandments, that they may have the right to the tree of life, and may enter through the gates into the city.
15 But outside are dogs and sorcerers and sexually immoral and murderers and idolaters, and whoever loves and practices a lie.
16 “I, Jesus, have sent My angel to testify to you these things in the churches. I am the Root and the Offspring of David, the Bright and Morning Star.”
17 And the Spirit and the bride say, “Come!” And let him who hears say, “Come!” And let him who thirsts come. Whoever desires, let him take the water of life freely.
18 For I testify to everyone who hears the words of the prophecy of this book: If anyone adds to these things, God will add to him the plagues that are written in this book;
19 and if anyone takes away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part from the Book of Life, from the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book.
20 He who testifies to these things says, “Surely I am coming quickly.” Amen. Even so, come, Lord Jesus!
21 The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all. Amen.
While there was the presence of a single tree in the garden, the fruit of which, if eaten, would bring death, there are bountiful trees in our new home where all can eat freely, be filled with the knowledge and wisdom of God, and live forever and ever. What Christ has provided in His blood is a complete reversal of Adam’s fall, establishing a much greater purpose in those who aren’t just created in His image, but choose Him over every other worldly care. It’s not just what His blood provides but in their obedience to be and act in accordance with His will in holiness and righteousness that the once forbidden fruit becomes the staple food of heaven. From the water of life and the fruit of the tree of life will be eternal life in the service of the Master.
Sadly, this transformation from the world of the devil’s rule to that of the Father’s will only be for those who have lived in His Spirit, apart from obedience to wickedness and fleshly passions. It will never be for those who have willfully chosen to disregard His invitation to “Come”, and chosen instead the meaningless beckoning of the evil reign. For this place of His heart’s fulfillment to exist and operate according to His will and brightness, there must be complete removal of willful and intentional dishonor of Him reflected in the works of darkness. Our choosing of His ways and savoring of His presence will prevent the experience of imminent destruction from the judgment of evil works. Hearts truly transformed will be entrusted to not only exist in this place but be part of ruling it together with Him.