The fruit that comes from and unites us with God, the divine. The fruit of the spirit and the tree of death (cross) conquered by Jesus to give us everlasting life.
They were prevented from, not allowed to have the choice. To live forever without justice would be eternity apart from God.
Yes, not only to eat of the fruit but believers have been “grafted to the vine”. John 15:5, and thus we also may bear fruit Gal 5:22, We also eat of the fruit of the divine through communion John 4:43
Rom 6: 23: the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord; 1 Peter 2:24: He Himself bore our sins in His body on the cross, that we might die to sin and live to righteousness; for by His wounds you were healed
My Daily Journal:
What does it mean to die? As anyone who has spent any time pondering the question has concluded, there are things far worse than physical death. We understand that the time we have on this earth is not even a dot on the timeline of eternity. We know that our existence in the physical world is a dead end street.
However, we learn that (1) we weren’t created to end and go away and (2) we don’t have to stay on that path. Yes, our cells and organs and flesh will cease to grow and will die, but we have been given the opportunity to eat and drink in the gift of salvation and to once again unite with our divine creator. Jesus became man and paid the price of just punishment to buy us back from the choice man originally made and all men since have repeated. And, he has offered to make us one with Him, for us to “remain in Him and for Him to remain in us (John 6:56). He offers for us to become the branches of His vine and to live in Him for eternity.
But eternity doesn’t start after we draw our last breath. In the same way someone turns off a dead end road as soon as they know it dead ends, so to are we given the opportunity to turn off the dead end road of mortal death and onto the path of eternal life. Why wait to begin living until death – we are called to live in Him now with a well of living water flowing from us daily.