Sermon:
MANíS RELATIONSHIP WITH GOD
Text: John 14:12
INTRODUCTION
1. Relationships are important, infants who have physical needs met will die without proper love and affection
2. The term religion means to be rejoined or retied to
a. The root lig
b. Like ligature, a device used to tie something
c. Or ligaments that hold bones together
3. Our Christianity is a relationship with God in which we are rejoined to Him
4. Letís look at manís relationship with God in the past
a. Adam, man saw God and lost Him
b. Apostles, men saw God and were not joined to Him
c. All of us, see God through the eyes of others and are joined to Him
5. We can be reunited, rejoined to Him with full fellowship as that which Adam enjoyed
a. Read text
b. This is the greater thing that can be accomplished, we have full fellowship with God even when we can only see Him through the eyes of others
TRANSITION: To begin with, man was with God:
I. Adam saw God and lost Him
A. He was able to see God and talk with God regularly
1. Genesis 3:8, "And they heard the sound of the LORD God walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and Adam and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the LORD God among the trees of the garden"
2. God was walking through the Garden of Eden in the cool of the day
a. This does not seem out of the ordinary for Adam and Eve
b. When they heard the sound they recognized it and hid themselves
3. He also had a verbal exchange with Adam, which actually seems normal for them
a. Remember He had a conversation with Adam in naming the animals
b. He had a conversation with Adam in relation to Eve
c. He gave instructions concerning the tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil
d. A conversation with the creating God of the Universe was not unusual for Adam
4. Adam and Eve were in communion with God in a manner which no one has ever been since
B. But he lost it
1. He essentially had only one rule, "Do not eat the fruit from the tree of knowledge of good and evil"
2. He could not obey this one simple rule
3. For the first time, man messed up and knew it so now he is in trouble
4. Listen to Godís first question, "Where are you?"
a. Now in reality God knew the physical location of Adam and Eve, they were not lost to Him in that way
b. But for the first time man needed to be worried about his spiritual position, he was now out of Godís grace and separated from Godís fellowship
c. The rest of the Bible is an effort to get man to answer this same question, "Where are you?" and to find the pathway home
TRANSITION: The way, truth and life came to earth and:
II. The apostles saw but were not yet joined to God
A. When Jesus was on earth they saw Him
1. 1 John 1:1-2, "That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked upon, and our hands have handled, concerning the Word of life-- 2 the life was manifested, and we have seen, and bear witness, and declare to you that eternal life which was with