We see here two very distinct lives. The first is the created life, the second is the uncreated life. One is created by God, the other is born of God. Our lives were originally created by God when God breathed the breath of life into the first Adam's nostrils. The interaction of this breath from God going into the body that was formed out of the dust of the earth was to produce the first living soul. Adam was created in the image of God but was by no means the same as God in likeness because he was as yet incomplete. Adam was innocent of sin but he was naked. He yet lacked God's uncreated life to make him complete which was typified by the tree of life that stood in the centre of that garden. It was left up to Adam's free will and desire to choose to be dependent on God or to be dependent on himself. To be dependent on self would mean to be independent from God. I think we all know the disastrous decision he made, both for himself and for us, in choosing the tree of knowledge instead of the tree of life, in his endeavour to be complete and to be as God is. Adam chose knowledge in place of life. Adam decided to develop his soul to the neglect of his spirit. Adam chose death in place of life.
Today in the Church as the body of Christ, we still have a choice to make when we are born again. We can choose life or we can choose death. We can stay with the created soul life, which is totally independent of God and therefore lust and thirst after knowledge. But in so choosing we are totally dependent on self apart from God. Or we can move on up Mount Zion to the uncreated spiritual life that is born of God, which is totally dependent on God and totally independent of the self. One is mental, emotional, saturated with sin and failure; the other is spiritual, intuitional, filled with righteousness and success leading to an abundant life full of joy, peace, satisfaction and contentment. That which is born of God is not born under sin and as a result has no 'condemnation of conscience' for sin! Only the Lord Jesus can provide us with this sort of life and that by living out His holy and complete life in us, through us and in place of us.