Believe is only the first step, for two more are needed. Believe is a turn of 180 degrees. Believe is to make a half a turn and take the next two steps toward where the eyes look; if two more steps are not taken, then one is still trespassing, even though believing. But those two last steps are taken through the mouth when one requests for forgiveness…
To say that one believes and to do nothing about it is to believe in vain; for believe is to imitate and thus adds to or compliments creation.
The fruit is in the tree as one is in the fruit; the tree is seeing according to the understanding or the knowledge already at hand. The fruit is as good or as bad as the work already done.
Grabbing the pay or the reward before the job or the task will be bitter and the job or the task twice as hard and twice as much.
The fruit made them feel ashamed for they worked not for the fruit. To extend the hand is not work or need, but recompense.
The forbidden fruit was before them for it was for them, but they were not ripe or mature and so when they grabbed the fruit, there was no seed in them, the seed of knowledge, the seed of knowledge that would give them both identity as beloveds or as born from the love of God and from that love of God thus be reborn as the fruit of God!
Nothing creates itself, something is needed. Change also does not make itself. Change also needs a push like interest or thought. Thought makes all. And as creation makes God Creator, conscious thought makes one.