The Tree of Life and the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil represented the choices man had.
God did not create man as a robot that was forced to obey Him.
How can it be a test of obedience if there were no choices?
God’s Way or Man’s Way.
The Tree of Life represented choosing God as the source of life and blessings. The Tree of Knowledge represented choosing to be independent from God.
The choice was to either to have knowledge to govern yourself or choose to trust God’s knowledge to govern you.
Man was given the free will to choose obedience to his Maker or disobedience.
Obedience would have meant not eating from the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil but eating from the Tree of Life. The reward of the obedience would mean God imparting eternal life to man.
Adam sinned and failed the test of obedience and lost his right to eat from the Tree of Life.
The consequence brought the entrance of death into the world. Subsequently all his sons would never have access to the Tree of Life and all men would be subject to death.
Who can free man from the endless cycle of death – doom and separation from God?
In the Bible, Jesus is called The Last Adam. The first Adam forfeited eternal life because of his disobedience and all his sons were affected by that failure.
Jesus came and lived a perfect life of obedience. He succeeded where Adam failed!
Now, all sons of Adam who are BORN AGAIN as sons of God no longer take after the first Adam but now follow the Last Adam, which is Christ!
Those who follow Christ, now have access to eternal life through Christ.
(Just as those who followed Adam had no access to eternal life through Adam).
So, we today have a choice to make too.
There is a another “Tree of Life” before us. It is the cross!
If you choose to partake from it’s “fruits”, you have eternal life.
If you reject it and choose to partake from your own “tree of good deeds”, you will die in your sins and be separated from God forever in hell.
To him who overcomes, I will grant to eat of the Tree of Life which is in the Paradise of God.’ Revelation 2:7