If Adam and Eve were created perfect and without death (immortal), then what is the significance and purpose of the Tree of Life in the middle of the Garden of Eden?
Here's the verse in question:
The opportunity to live forever
What I find most interesting is that God didn't command Adam to keep away from the tree of
This verse sheds some light on what's happening. Adam certainly had been allowed to eat from the tree of life and live forever prior to this sin event. But because God is a just and Righteous God, He could not allow Adam to go unpunished, therefore taking away the opportunity for Adam to live forever in eternal damnation.
The fruit of righteousness
If we continue reading we find that there is another way to experience the fruit from this tree of life.
The paradise of God
Wow, I absolutely love this last verse and I don't know why. We will actually once again have the opportunity to eat from this tree of life. Lastly this tree of life is displayed along the main street in the kingdom of God that leads from the entrance to the throne room. Signifying that everybody can freely eat of the tree of life and have it abundantly.
I believe that God, being a fair and Righteous God, had not deprived man of the opportunity to be righteous from day one. However, man chose his own path, to sin. I don't have any doubts that God knew man would do this, but I also know that God would have been subjected to accusations from creation if he had locked the mouse in the cage with cheese and told the mouse not to eat of it.
As it is, no man can hold accusations against God, because God had given a fair opportunity to man.
The Tree of Life represented Christ, and the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil represented Satan. The two trees represented two choices that we all have, to choose the right, or the wrong.
At the end of Genesis Chapter 3 Adam and Eve are driven from the garden to keep them away from the way of the Tree of Life.
Isaiah 35:8 speaks of the return of this "way".
In Revelation, we learn that overcomers can once again partake of the Tree of Life.
The Tree of Life produces fruit, which can be found in Galatians 5:22-24.
Eve (figuratively) ate from the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil by disbelieving His Word. She literally ate from the Tree by participating in an act that is subject to much debate, and is outside of the scope of this question.