Adam, God's first-formed man,
transgressed: could He [God] not at once have brought death upon him?
But see what the Lord does, in His great love towards man. He casts him
out from Paradise, for because of sin he was unworthy to live there;
but He puts him to dwell over against Paradise: that seeing whence he
had fallen, and from what and into what a state he was brought down, he
might afterwards be saved by repentance.
St. Cyril of Jerusalem (Catechetical Lectures: Lecture 2 no. 7)