I am looking for some insights into what is meant by these verses. Particularly, what is meant in verse 22 and how we’re to understand what is meant? Why is “live endlessly” bad? Isn’t that what we want to do? Live endlessly, forever, in heaven with God? Or is the author stating that we must be banished because of our sin and the need for redemption, which will come later, and if we eat of the tree of life, we’ll live forever in our sin? Thanks for your help!
“22He said, too, Here is Adam become like one of ourselves, with knowledge of good and evil; now he has only to lift his hand and gather fruit to eat from the tree of life as well, and he will live endlessly. 23 So the Lord God drove him out from that garden of delight, to cultivate the ground from which he came; 24 banished Adam, and posted his Cherubim before the garden of delight, with a sword of fire that turned this way and that, so that he could reach the tree of life no longer.”