Discipleship – Level 1 Lesson 4

Level 1 Lesson 4

RELATIONSHIP WITH GOD
By Andrew Wommack

One of the most important things about relationship is to understand the person
with whom you’re going to have relationship, and that also applies to God. You need to
understand the basic nature and character of God in order to have a healthy relationship
with Him. Misunderstanding His character and nature is one of the reasons many people
don’t have a positive relationship with Him. This is exactly what happened in the Garden
of Eden when Adam and Eve were tempted by the serpent. They entered into temptation,
ultimately disobeyed God, and plunged the whole human race into sin. Their lack of
understanding God’s nature was actually a part of the temptation.

The story in Genesis 3:1-5 is familiar to most people: “Now the serpent was more
subtil than any beast of the field which the Lord God had made. And he said unto the
woman, Yea, hath God said, Ye shall not eat of every tree in the garden? And the woman
said unto the serpent, We may eat of the fruit of the trees of the garden: But of the fruit of
the tree which is in the midst of the garden, God hath said, Ye shall not eat of it, neither
shall ye touch it, lest ye die. And the serpent said unto the woman, Ye shall not surely die:
For God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and ye
shall be as gods [God], knowing good and evil” (brackets mine).

There is a subtle statement by Satan here that God is really not a good God… that
He was trying to withhold something from Adam and Eve…that He didn’t want them to
reach their full potential…that He didn’t want them to be like Himself…and that the
reason He made the rule about not eating of the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil
was to hinder or hurt them. In a sense, Satan came against the very nature and character
of God when he maligned Him by saying God did not want the best for them. The same
thing is exactly what’s happening to people today. Satan tells them, “If you follow God
and don’t experiment with all these things that are contrary to His Word, you’ll never
experience true happiness. Life will be boring…dead.” The sad fact is that people
experience after the fact that the drugs, alcohol, sex, rebellion, indulgence of self, success
in jobs, and all the other things they tried didn’t satisfy them. By the time they realize it,
they’ve already destroyed their lives, their families, and their health.

The truth is that God is a good God, and His will for us is only good. But Satan
uses the same temptations on us today that came against Adam and Eve in the Garden of
Eden, basically implying that God is not a good God. Those who have only a little
understanding of the Bible could get that impression because there are instances in the
Word where He treated people in harsh, cruel ways. In Numbers 15:32-36, a man picked
up sticks on the Sabbath Day and was stoned to death for failing to observe the Sabbath.
That sounds harsh, but there was a purpose behind such punishments, though it’s not
obvious to most people in a casual reading of Scripture. Careful study reveals that Old
Testament Law was given to make the sin that we’ve committed become exceedingly
sinful, as Paul says in Romans 7:13. The purpose was that people didn’t realize how
14deadly their transgressions were and that they were an offense against God. They made
the mistake of comparing among themselves and measuring their actions by what other
people were doing.

If someone committed a sin and wasn’t struck dead, they thought sin must not be
so bad, and they lowered their standards. They had lost the true perspective on what right
and wrong was. God had to bring mankind back to a plumb line, a proper standard of
what right living was, so they would reject the devil and his temptations and recognize
what the end result of wrong choices would be. Then when He did that, He had to enforce
the Law He gave.

God did not give the Old Testament commandments for the purpose of saying,
“Until you do all these things, I can’t accept you or love you.” That is not His nature or
character. Rather, He gave them to make our sense of right and wrong more acute and to
bring us back to the fact that we need a Savior. The problem has been that people thought
God was demanding perfection before He could love them, which led to the attitude
many have that His love for them is directly proportional to their performance. They feel
that until they try to do everything exactly right, they will not be accepted by God, and
that is not the message of the Bible.

God’s heart is to reconcile mankind to Himself not to judge them…not to impute
their sins…not to hold their sins against them. That’s the heart of God for people in the
Bible and also His heart for you today. You need to understand His real heart, that “God
is love” (1 John 4:8). He seeks to take away your sins and anything that would separate
you from Him. He’s already done it through Jesus, and He’s offering you relationship
today, not based on your performance but on your faith and acceptance of Jesus bearing
your sins. You can have relationship with God today regardless of the failures in your
life. All He asks is that you put your faith in the Lord Jesus Christ.

Discipleship Questions

1.  Read Genesis 3:1. What question did Satan ask Eve?
________________________________________________________________________

2.  Read Genesis 2:17 and Genesis 3:3. What word or words did Eve add to what God
actually said to Adam? _____________________________________________________

3.  Read Genesis 3:6. Once Satan was able to instill doubt into Eve’s mind regarding the
Word of God, what did she do in this verse?____________________________________

4.  Read Genesis 3:9-10. After Adam and Eve sinned, did God still communicate and
pursue a relationship with them?
________________________________________________________________________

5.  Read Genesis 3:22-24. Why did God drive Adam and Eve from the Garden?
________________________________________________________________________
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6.  Can you see that this was an act of mercy by God rather than a punishment?
________________________________________________________________________

7.  Read Romans 5:17. How do we attain God’s abundance of grace and gift of
righteousness? A. Buy it  B. Earn it  C. Receive it

8.  Read Romans 6:23. What do we really deserve if we sin?
________________________________________________________________________

9.  By grace, what does God give us instead?
________________________________________________________________________

10.  Read Romans 10:3. If we try to establish our own righteousness before God, what do
we fail to do? ____________________________________________________________

11.  Read 1 John 1:9 and Romans 4:3. What does God promise to do with ALL our sins
and iniquities against Him if we would only believe? _____________________________

12.  What does this tell you about the character of God?___________________________

Scriptures to Use with Questions

Genesis 3:1 – “Now the serpent was more subtil than any beast of the field which the
LORD God had made. And he said unto the woman, Yea, hath God said, Ye shall not eat
of every tree of the garden?”

Genesis 2:17 – “But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it:
for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die.”

Genesis 3:3 – “But of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, God hath
said, Ye shall not eat of it, neither shall ye touch it, lest ye die.”

Genesis 3:6 – “And when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was
pleasant to the eyes, and a tree to be desired to make one wise, she took of the fruit
thereof, and did eat, and gave also unto her husband with her; and he did eat.”

Genesis 3:9-10 – “[9] And the LORD God called unto Adam, and said unto him, Where
art thou? [10] And he said, I heard thy voice in the garden, and I was afraid, because I
was naked; and I hid myself.”

Genesis 3:22-24 – “[22] And the LORD God said, Behold, the man is become as one of
us, to know good and evil: and now, lest he put forth his hand, and take also of the tree of
life, and eat, and live for ever: [23] Therefore the LORD God sent him forth from the
garden of Eden, to till the ground from whence he was taken. [24] So he drove out the
16man; and he placed at the east of the garden of Eden Cherubims, and a flaming sword
which turned every way, to keep the way of the tree of life.”

Romans 5:17 – “For if by one man’s offence death reigned by one; much more they
which receive abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness shall reign in life by
one, Jesus Christ.”

Romans 6:23 – “For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through
Jesus Christ our Lord.”

Romans 10:3 – “For they being ignorant of God’s righteousness, and going about to
establish their own righteousness, have not submitted themselves unto the righteousness
of God.”

1 John 1:9 – “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to
cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”

Romans 4:3 – “For what saith the scripture? Abraham believed God, and it was counted
unto him for righteousness.”

Answer Key

1.  Read Genesis 3:1. What question did Satan ask Eve? “Hath God said, Ye shall not
eat of every tree in the garden?”

2.  Read Genesis 2:17 and Genesis 3:3. What word or words did Eve add to what God
actually said to Adam? That they shouldn’t touch it.

3.  Read Genesis 3:6. Once Satan was able to instill doubt into Eve’s mind regarding the
Word of God, what did she do in this verse? Took and ate of the Tree.

4.  Read Genesis 3:9-10. After Adam and Eve sinned, did God still communicate and
pursue a relationship with them? Yes.

5.  Read Genesis 3:22-24. Why did God drive Adam and Eve from the Garden? So they
wouldn’t eat from the tree of life and live forever in a sinful state.

6.  Can you see that this was an act of mercy by God rather than a punishment? Yes.

7.  Read Romans 5:17. How do we attain God’s abundance of grace and gift of
righteousness? C. Receive it

8.  Read Romans 6:23. What do we really deserve if we sin? Death.

9.  By grace, what does God give us instead? Eternal life in Jesus.

1710.  Read Romans 10:3. If we try to establish our own righteousness before God, what do
we fail to do? Submit to Jesus as our righteousness.

11.  Read 1 John 1:9 and Romans 4:3. What does God promise to do with ALL our sins
and iniquities against Him if we would only believe? Remove them, forget them, and
forgive them.

12.  What does this tell you about the character of God? That He is merciful and loving.

Copyright © 2004, Don W. Krow
Permission is granted to duplicate or reproduce for discipleship purposes on the condition
that it is distributed free of charge.

Discipleship Evangelism
P.O. Box 17007
Colorado Springs, Colorado 80935-7007 U.S.A.
http://www.delessons.org

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