Was Man Created Immortal?
“Then the LORD God said, ‘Behold, the man has become like one of us in knowing good and evil. Now, lest he reach out his hand and take also of the tree of life and eat, and live forever – .’” (Gen. 3:22)
We have a desire to return to the tree of life. We have made great advances in nutrition, learning that fruits and vegetables high in antioxidants have healing powers in our bodies. Most people assume the fruit of the tree of knowledge was an apple, at least in church dramas this is true. If the fruit of the tree of knowledge was an apple then the fruit of the tree of life was a blueberry. Maybe it was acai, which seems to be the current rage. Give me a prophet star on this one, but at some point people will realize the nutritional quality of dirt. At some point in the future people will start popping dirt pills and eating dirt cakes, write it down. We have an insatiable appetite to live forever. We want the tree of life. Although at some point we may find the nutritional benefit of plaster, we will never regain the tree. God has banished man from the tree. We will die.
The truth is that since God will not allow us to return to the tree of life people full of blueberries and acai will die and return to dirt. Although God will not allow us to return to the tree of life He has given us a new hope of eternal life in His Son Jesus Christ. Jesus can do for humans what the tree of life could not do. The tree could keep us alive but it could not erase the stain of sin nor its impact on our psyche. The tree of life could not reverse the effect of the tree of knowledge. The Bible tells us that in Jesus Christ man not only gains eternal life, but he is regenerate (2 Cor. 5:17, . In Jesus Christ man becomes truly alive, spiritually, in communion with God. Through God’s Holy Spirit indwelling humans we begin to see things differently than we did before (Romans 8). Our behavior begins to change. Our values begin to change. We grow in Christ likeness. We do not need a tree, we need a Savior.