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Discovery Lesson 2 – GOD THE FATHER

Memory Verse: “And this is life eternal, that they might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom thou hast sent” (John 17:3).

INTRODUCTION: “God created man with an inborn ability to recognize His existence. When man under ordinary conditions seriously thinks about the universe, the recognition of God’s existence naturally arises in his mind. When a child is taught that God exists, he spontaneously perceives this to be true. Man is so made that he is naturally religious. It is normal for man to believe in God; it is abnormal for him to be an atheist.

“One is not surprised to discover, therefore, that belief in the existence of a supreme being or beings is found among all men. Heathenism has corrupted the glory of God into idolatry and the truth of God into mythology, but the recognition of His existence is still there. The counterfeit proves the reality of the true. In every race and tribe on earth and in every civilization in history, the existence of a supreme being or beings has been recognized by men.

This amazing fact is a testimony to the existence of God” (Alva Huffer, Systematic Theology, The Restitution Herald: Oregon, Illinois, 1969, p. 43).

“Men can acquire definite knowledge concerning God’s existence, nature, attributes, works, and plans for the future. Although we cannot know everything about God in all His infinite perfection and we cannot know everything that God himself knows, we can know about God because He has revealed Himself to man” (Ibid. p. 49).

“God is a living person. He possesses life, self‐existence and character. The three elements of personality are intellect, sensibilities, and will. He who is a person has the ability to think, feel, and choose. The Bible proves that God is a person by ascribing attributes of personality to Him. God has the ability to think, feel, and choose. He sees, hears, knows, speaks, loves, wills, and works.

“True religion is made possible because God is a person whom the believer can love, worship, know, and obey. A personal relationship between God and man has been made possible because God is a person and man has been created in God’s image. When a believer prays, he knows that God will see and hear and answer. Salvation is the process whereby sinners are brought into a redemptive relationship with this divine person through the mediatorial work of Jesus Christ” (Ibid. p. 53).

LESSON QUESTIONS

  1. How important is belief in God? Hebrews 11:6.
  2. Has God given us proof of His existence? Romans 1:18-20; Psalm 19:1-6.
  3. What other proof of His existence does He give us? 2 Peter 1:19-21; John 14:6-9.
  4. How many Gods are there? 1 Timothy 2:5.
  5. How great is our God? Isaiah 40:21-26.
  6. How do we compare to Him? Isaiah 55:8-9.
  7. What is a major characteristic of God? 1 John 4:7-9.
  8. What relationship does He desire to have with us? Romans 8:14-17.