QUESTION: a) Complete the following: “… I have sworn by myself, the word is gone out of my mouth in righteousness, and shall not return, that unto me ________________, every____________.” (Isaiah 45:23 (b) point out two practices which are highlighted by the text and say whether they should be observed by people of God today.
ANSWER: a.“ every knee shall bow, every tongue shall swear.”
True Christians are to bow to God Almighty and Jesus Christ only, as the Scripture says but not to man. Also, people of God, following the command of our Lord Jesus Christ are not to swear at all but are to say just ‘yes’ or ‘no’ – Isaiah 45:22,23; Romans 14:11,12; Philippians 2:5-11; Matthew 5:34-37; James 5:12.
QUESTION: “And I say unto thee, That thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church;.” – Matthew 16:17,18. (i) Who made this statement? (ii) Who is referred to as “this rock”? Cite a Bible text to support your answer.
ANSWER: (i) Jesus Christ (ii) Jesus Christ, the son of the living God (iii) 1 Corinthians 10:4; Ephesians 5:23; Colossians 1:18; Acts 4:10-12; 1 Corinthians 3:11.
QUESTION: “And Enoch walked with God: and he was not; for God took him” (Genesis 5:24) and “… and Elijah went up by a whirlwind into heaven.” (2 Kings 2:11) Explain the meaning of these texts and show a Bible reference where the reward of these faithful servants of God will be
ANSWER: Elijah was taken up by a whirlwind to a very great height in the upper regions of the air and was turned to nothing. He did not go to heaven which is the abode of God and His angels. Enoch was removed from among men that he should not die in the ordinary way. Their reward would be in God’s Kingdom fully established on earth. - Matthew 8:11,12; Luke 13:28, 29; Hebrews 11:4-40, particularly verse 35; etc.
QUESTION: “Then came to him the mother of Zebedee’s children with her sons, worshipping him, and desiring a certain thing of him.” (Matthew 20:20) (i) What are the names of the Zebedee’s children? (ii) What class of Christians do they belong? (iii) What answer did Christ give them?
ANSWER: (i) James and John (ii) The Apostles Class (iii) That those to sit on his right hand and left hand would be chosen by God Almighty and not himself. – Mark 10:35-40.
QUESTION: who made these statements under the inspiration of God?
“Therefore thus saith the Lord GOD, Behold, I lay in Zion for a foundation a stone, a tried stone, a precious corner stone, a sure foundation: he that believeth shall not make haste.”
“This is the stone which was set at nought of you builders, which is become the head of the corner.”
“Wherefore also it is contained in the scripture, Behold, I lay in Sion a chief corner stone, elect, precious: and he that believeth on him shall not be confounded.”
ANSWER: Isaiah in Isaiah 28:16 b) St. Peter in Acts 4:11 c) St. Peter in 1 Peter 2:6
QUESTION: Answer yes or no to the following:
The 70 elders of the Jews, Nehemiah, Lydia are prophets in that they received the holy spirit.
Elisha is greater than Elijah in that he received a double portion of his master’s powers.
Christ received the holy spirit when he entered the Synagogue at Nazareth (Luke 4:16-21)
The spirit given to Christ was without measure.
ANSWER: (a) No (b) No (c) No (d) Yes
QUESTION: “Thou shalt not bow down thyself to them, nor serve them: for I the LORD thy God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate me.” (Exodus 20:5) State how this text supports or disproves the doctrine of ancestral curses.
ANSWER: This text in no way supports the belief in ancestral curses. What it means is that it is the childrenwho do iniquity like their fathers, and show hatred for God by not keeping His commandments that He punishes. This is clearly signified by the expression “of them that hate me”. Logically therefore, if the children do not follow the evil ways of their parents, God will not punish them. God will never punish children for the sins of their parents because that will be contrary to divine justice.
QUESTION: “What mean ye, that ye use this proverb concerning the land of Israel, saying, The fathers have eaten sour grapes, and the children's teeth are set on edge?” (Ezekiel 18:2) Cite two other verses from the same chapter of the book of Ezekiel which corrects the impression conveyed in this verse.
Behold, all souls are mine; as the soul of the father, so also the soul of the son is mine: the soul that sinneth, it shall die.” (Ezekiel 18:4)
“Yet say ye, Why? doth not the son bear the iniquity of the father? When the son hath done that which is lawful and right, and hath kept all my statutes, and hath done them, he shall surely live.” (Ezekiel 18:19)
3.“The soul that sinneth, it shall die. The son shall not bear the iniquity of the father, neither shall the father bear the iniquity of the son: the righteousness of the righteous shall be upon him, and the wickedness of the wicked shall be upon him.” - Ezekiel 18:20. See also verses 5-9, 14-17.
QUESTION: “And it came to pass, as soon as the kingdom was confirmed in his hand, that he slew his servants which had slain the king his father. But the children of the murderers he slew not ...”
Which king is being referred to here
What was the name of his father
Why did he not slay the children of those who killed his father?
ANSWER: (a) Amaziah the King of Judah. (b)The father was Joash. (c) Because he followed the law of God that children should not be punished for their children’s sins. - 2 Kings 14:1-6
QUESTION: Cite and explain two striking Bible references by Jesus Christ which clearly answer the question as to whether anyone had gone to heaven before Christ came to this earth or not.
Matthew 11:11 says the least in the Kingdom of Heaven is greater than John the Baptist, showing that he is not going to heaven.
In John 3:13 our Lord Jesus Christ said that no man had ascended up to heaven which means that no one had gone to heaven before Christ came to this earth;
In John 14:1-3 Christ promised the apostles that he will come back and take them to heaven. No one could have gone to heaven before the second presence of Christ. See also John 14:6; Hebrews 11:32-35; Acts 2:34
QUESTION: 1. Which of these statements was made at the Transfiguration?
“And lo a voice from heaven, saying, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.” (b) “This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased; hear ye him.” (2) Cite the Bible text where the correct answer is written.
ANSWER: 1. (b) 2. Matthew 17:5
QUESTION: Give two incidents to highlight the considerations that should have dissuaded Judas from carrying out his evil plot.
Jesus Christ had given the hint to his apostles that one of them would be the traitor. (John 6: 70, 71)
Moreover, two days before the feast of Passover, Jesus again spoke of his betrayal and crucifixion to his disciples.—Matthew. 26: 2.
In spite of the fact that he heard what Jesus said about the betrayal at the last supper, Judas still sneaked away to join the wicked Jews in their plot to kill him. (Matthew 26: 14-16)
When he and all the twelve apostles sat to eat in the evening of the first day of the Passover feast, a few hours before his enemies hatched their plot, he said, “Verily I say unto you, that one of you shall betray me.”(Matthew 26: 20, 21)
When Judas asked “Master, is it I? He said unto him, Thou hast said.” Yet he went on with his plot. —Matthew 26: 22-25.
QUESTION: “Christ had to be crucified for the good of mankind, Judas did no wrong for fulfilling a prophecy” Present two arguments to counter this statement?
ANSWER: (a) The prophecy was to the effect that Christ would be betrayed by the wicked and so anyone who did that was wicked and was not sent by God (b) Judas was an instrument of the devil and so made himself a willing tool to carry out the devil’s scheme
(c) If Judas Iscariot was not a man really given to wickedness, the warnings and curses pronounced by Jesus Christ upon whoever the traitor would be would have been enough warning for him to desist from carrying out his treachery.
(d) Judas pronounced himself a sinner who had betrayed innocent blood showing that he himself knew what he did was evil. – Matthew 27:3-6
(e) The Bible warns against justifying the wicked – Proverbs 17:15
QUESTION: The teaching that all the righteous are going to heaven at death and the wicked to hell fire is a belief that contradicts God’s purpose of raising the dead back to life. Mention two other beliefs that are also contradictory to the doctrine of resurrection.
The Immortality of the Soul
The teaching that at death all good christians go to heaven and the wicked to hell fire
QUESTION: What did Jesus Christ mean when he said he had handed over the keys of the kingdom of heaven to St. Peter? ( Matthew 16:13-19) On what occasions did St. Peter use this key?
ANSWER: The statement signified that Christ had given St. Peter the authority to unlock or make known to the people certain hidden truths about the Kingdom of God (Luke 11:51,52; Matthew 13:52). b) On the day of Pentecost and at the call of Cornelius to apostleship. - Acts 2:1-41; 10:1-48.
QUESTION: That St. Peter was given the keys of the kingdom of heaven shows that he is the head of the Church or the chief of the apostles. Discuss.
ANSWER: The keys given to St. Peter signified that he would be used by God to impart spiritual truths to the people. St. Peter is not the head of the Church, rather it is Jesus Christ (Colossians 1:18; Ephesians 5:22-24; 1 Corinthians 10:4). St. Peter is not the chief of the apostles –Mark 9:33-37; Luke 9:46-48; 22:24-27; Matthew 20:20-28; 2 Corinthians 11:5; 1 Peter 5:1.
QUESTION: Answer True or False
One could call on the blood of Jesus when in trouble
Praying through the blood of Jesus enables one to break down barriers set by satan the devil
Blood of Jesus protects a prayerful Christian from accident and demonic attacks.
When God said “When I see the blood I will pass over you” he meant that we could invoke the blood of Jesus to get deliverance.
ANSWER: i) False ii) False iii) False iv) False
QUESTION: Fill the blank spaces.
“And almost all things are by the law purged with blood ___________” (Hebrews 9:22)
“But we see Jesus, who was made a little lower than the angels for the suffering of death, crowned with glory and honour; that he by the grace of God should ________ (Hebrews 2:9)
Purge out therefore the old leaven, that ye may be a new lump, as ye are unleavened. For even Christ ____________.is __________for us:” 1 Corinthians 5:7.
ANSWER: a. And without shedding of blood is no remission. (b) taste death for every man. C) our passover d) sacrificed
QUESTION: a) Why do you think the Lord’s Prayer is called the “All sufficient Prayer” b) A part of the Lord’s prayer as recorded in the book of Matthew 6:9-13 is regarded as repetition. Identify it with explanation.
The Lord’s Prayer is called the “All Sufficient Prayer” because it covers all one would ask from God.
The portion that amounts to vain repetition that goes against the advice of Jesus Christ (Matthew 6:7,8) is the doxology. “For Thine is the Kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever and ever. Amen” (vs 13). The portion repeats what has been said at the beginning of the prayer. This is an interpolation added by translators; it is not part of the inspired text.
QUESTION: When will this planet be destroyed? Cite two striking Bible text to support your answer.
This planet, the earth will never be destroeyd. It is the evil system of things in the world that would be destroyed. It is positively stated in the Bible that the earth will remain forever.
Ecclesiastes 1:4, Isaiah 45:18; Psalm 104:5)
(The destruction of the “world” refers to the present order of things which has been so badly corrupted through the influence of satan the devil. – Galatians 1:4; John 12:31; 14:30; 2 Corinthians 4:3, 4; I John 5:19.)
QUESTION: With one Bible text explain the statement of Apostle Peter, But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night; in the which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up.” 2 Peter 3:10.
This text refers to the vengeance which the Almighty God in His wrath will express on the devil and his agents and all forms of satan’s works to exterminate all vestiges of them from the earth. The “heavens” refer to the spirit beings in heaven, the devil and his hosts who had been driven down to this earth. “The earth” refers to the wicked creatures on earth who will be destroyed by God in the battle of Armageddon, the war that will end all wars. - Nahum 1:9; Matthew 24:21; Zephaniah 1:14-18; Jeremiah 25:33.
QUESTION: With three (3) cogent Bible texts prove that we are now at the end of the world when God has promised to bring all forms of evil to an end.
“The time of the end” (Daniel 12:4) is a time in which knowledge shall increase; that there shall be fast and easy means of transportation/communication
Matthew 24:7-8 shows that there will also be a World War, which fulfilled in the First world war of 1914-1918, 2 Timothy 3:1-5;
Jesus Christ said “As things were in Noah’s days, so will they be when the son of man comes. In the days before the flood they ate and drank and married, until the day that Noah went into the ark, and they knew nothing until the flood came and swept them all away. That is how it will be when the Son of man comes” – Matthew 24:37-39 (N.E.B.) See also Luke 17:28-30 See also 2 Peter 3:3-7
There will also be the proliferation of false prophets claiming to have power to do miracles – Matthew 23:11, 24
In the last days there will be false teachers who pay heed to seducing spirits and preach doctrines of devils – 1 Timothy 4:1-3.
QUESTION: (a)In which of the following crosses was Christ hanged?
Greek cross (ii) Latin cross (iii) St. Andrew’s cross
(b) What does the “Cross” mean as used by Christ in this text“...And he that taketh not his cross, and followeth after me, is not worthy of me.” - Matthew 10:37,38
None of the above. He was hanged on an upright stake with no cross bar.
Theworld “Cross” was used figuratively to mean the sacrifice, self denial and suffering anyone who is worthy to be his disciple should make to meet his demands – see also Matthew 16:24; Mark 8:34; Luke 9:23.
QUESTION: With two Bible texts, prove that Christ was hanged on a tree.
ANSWER: Acts 5:30; Acts 10:38-40; Galatians 3:13.
QUESTION: With three relevant texts explain the Jewish mode of execution of accursed persons.
The Jewish custom based on the law of God was to hang accursed persons on trees. Galatians 3:13; Deuteronomy 21:22,23; Joshua 8:28,29; Joshua 10:26.27
QUESTION: Which major events are linked with the following places in the Bible i) Mt. Sinai ii) Golgotha (place of skull) iii) Aceldama (the field of blood) iv) Gabbatha (the pavement)
Moses received the ten commandments at Mt. Sinai - Exodus 19:20-23.
The place of Christ’s crucifixion - Matthew 27:33-35
Where Judas Iscariot committed suicide - Acts 1:18,19.
The place of judgment where Jesus Christ was arraigned before Pilate - John 19:13.
QUESTION: Say true or false to the following statements.
i} The holy Bible supports the law of reflection.
ii} Bowing of the knee is allowed in the Christian era
iii} Some of the anointed Christians will remain on earth to administer the earth during the 1000 years reign of Christ
v}The millennium will precede the battle of Armageddon.
i} True ii} False iii} False iv} False v} False
QUESTION: With the aid of two Bible references, one from the Old and one from the New Testaments, prove that one should not obey customs that conflict with the Christian faith.
ANSWER: Jeremiah 10:2,3; Matthew 15:7-14; Luke 16:15; 1 Corinthians 10:20-22; Matthew 6:24; 2 Corinthians 6:14-18.
QUESTION: One is free to worship God in any “living Church” provided they worship God, call on the name of Jesus Christ and read the Holy Bible. Do you agree with this statement? Briefly explain why and back your answer with three Bible texts
ANSWER: I disagree. All Churches do not worship the Almighty God. One must worship God in the true Organisation or Mountain where the truth is preached in order to saved.. Worshipping in a Church that does not preah the truth will amount to interfaith which will lead to apostasy thereby making one to lose life everlasting.- Amos 3:3; 2 Corinthians 6:14-18; Matthew 24:11,24; 7:21-23; 1 Timothy 4:1-3; John 8:31,32; 1 Timothy 2:3,4; John 4:22-24.
QUESTION: With the aid of three Bible texts to back your answer, briefly explain what Jesus Christ meant when he said “…he that hath seen me hath seen the Father…believe me that I am in the Father, and the Father in me.” – John 14:8-11.
ANSWER: Jesus Christ was speaking in a representative capacity. It is in him the attributes of God Almighty are perfectly expressed or made manifest. (Matthew 11:25,26; John 1:18;10:30; 8:29; 12:49,50 He is not the Almighty God but subject or subordinate to Him. – John 14:28; 12:49; 5:26,30.
QUESTION: If Jesus Christ was not crucified on a cross why is it written: (a) “And they compelled one Simon a Cyrenian, who passed by … to bear his cross” (Mark 15:21) (b) Did Christ ask any one to take up his cross on which he died? If not what then did he mean when he asked his disciples to take up his cross and follow him? (Matthew 16:24
ANSWER: (a) What they carried was a stake or beam without a cross bar, also called a tree, Jesus Christ was crucified on a tree not cross. (Acts 5:30; 10:38,39; Galatians 3:13; etc.
b.No. He asked each person to take up his own cross. Cross as used in Matthew 16:24 figuratively means self-denial or suffering. for the work of God. – Mark 8:34-38; Luke 9:23-26; Philippians 1:29
QUESTION: The Bible says: “Gather my saints together unto me; those that have made a covenant with me by sacrifice.”
Who made this statement?
Explain the term: “those that have made a covenant with me by sacrifice”
Where is it recorded in the Bible?
ANSWER: (a) God Almighty, speaking through the Psalmist (b) The expression means that they the saints by reason of their calling, are prepared to undergo any form of persecution the devil may devise and even die for the sake of the gospel. – Revelation 2:10. (c). Psalm 50:5
QUESTION: Please put these in order of occurence
Resurrection of the saints
Resurrection of the Ancient worthies
Salvation for the Great Multitude.
The Battle of Armageddon
ANSWER: a and b (First Resurrection and Resurrection of the saints) are the same, this comes first, c and d also refer to the same category of resurrection, this follows before the Battle of Amaggedon and the salvation for the Great Multitude.
QUESTION: “And these all, having obtained a good report through faith received
not the promise: God having provided some better things for us, that they without us should not be made perfect,” (Hebrews 11: 39, 40) What is the meaning of this statement?
ANSWER: What St. Paul meant was that all the devout worshippers of God in time of old did not receive the promised inheritance and that without the anointed Christians (the Saints) whose grace is much greater; the ancient faithful could not be perfected.
QUESTION: With two relevant Bible texts to support your answer, prove or disprove the teaching that women are also among those identified in the Bible as “the daughters of Zion” or “Virgins of Christ.”
ANSWER: The terms are used figuratively of the class of Christians known as the apostles or the bride class of Christians. There is no woman among this class of persons. They are all men. They are the body members of Jesus Christ, chosen and anointed by God to reign with Christ in heaven as kings and priests. - Luke 6:12-16; Eccles. 7:27, 28; Revelation 1:6; 14:1-5; Luke 22:28-30; etc.
QUESTION: “And the angel of the LORD appeared unto him in a flame of fire out of the midst of a bush: and he looked, and, behold, the bush burned with fire, and the bush was not consumed.” - Exodus 3:2
Following the Bible story, state what Moses did and what he was asked to do
ANSWER: 1.“And Moses said, I will now turn aside, and see this great sight, why the bush is not burnt.” - Exodus 3:3.
God told him “...Draw not nigh hither: put off thy shoes from off thy feet, for the place whereon thou standest is holy ground.” -Exodus 3:5.
QUESTION: In the All-Sufficient Prayer, explain with relevant Bible texts the significance of the following: (a) Our Father (b). Hallowed Be Thy Name
ANSWER: (a) Our Father: Spiritually, the word “father” means “life-giver”. God Almighty is the Creator of all living things whether in heaven or in earth. (John 20:17; Revelation 4:11; Acts 17:28; Job 34:14, 15; Psalm 104:29,30.
(b) Hallowed Be Thy Name - The name of God Almighty which is JEHOVAH should be hallowed, meaning that it should be held in awe or deep reverence, and should not to be taken in vain. (See Exodus 20:7; Psalm 111:9) Another aspect of the matter is that we should not do anything that will make people to speak ill of or bring reproach to the name of God and His work. - Romans 2:20-24; Matthew 5:16.
QUESTION: (a) Who are Jehovah’s Witnesses? (b) Cite two portions of the Bible which show the condition required for one to be called a Jehovah’s Witness.
ANSWER: Men chosen and commissioned by God Almighty through the anointing with the holy spirit by which they are able to see and understand spiritual things and testify in truth to His name and word. b. John 15:26,27; Acts 10:39-41; Acts 1:8, 21,22; 1 John 2:27; Galatians 1:11-19.
QUESTION: (a) Give two marks of false prophets. (b). Cite one text by our Lord Jesus Christ and one from St. Paul to show that not all worshippers are genuine worshippers
ANSWER: (a) Lies, miracles, false visions and dreams, emphasis on wealth, long prayer, special garments, absence of judgment b) John 4:21-24; Matthew 15:1-14; Romans 10:1-3; Romans 9:6-8; etc.
“And the key of the house of David will I lay upon his shoulder; so he shall open, and none shall shut; and he shall shut, and none shall open.” - Isaiah 22:22.
Who does David stand for ? b. On whose shoulder will lie the duty of using the key?
David stands for God Almighty
The Angel of His presence
the sword of the spirit - Ephesians 6:17
the strange work of God the strange Act of God - Isaiah 28:21.
The Strange Act of God
ANSWERS: (i) Jesus Christ - Isaiah 63:9
(ii) the word of God (iii) The preaching of the truth or good news of the Kingdom of God in this age of the last days before God finally destroys the wicked. Iv) the destruction of the wicked by God Almighty. Isaiah 28:21; Matthew 24:21.
Differentiate between: (i) Immortality and eternal life (ii) Better Resurrection and General Resurrection (iii) The crown of life and the divine nature.
Immortality is the indestructible body that is superior to the body of angels, is the reward of the saints in heaven, while eternal life (salvation) is, total deliverance from sin and its effects, is the final and greatest reward for God’s other true worshippers in His Kingdom on earth - Romans 2:6-7; 1 John 2:25; etc.
Better resurrection is to commence before the great tribulation. It is for the ancient worthies - Matthew 8:11,12; Luke 13:28,29; Hebrews 11:1-40;etc, but general resurrection will take place during the millennial reign of Christ for both good and bad people - John 5:28,29; Acts 24:15 etc iv)
What do the dipping in water and coming out of water during baptism symbolize?
Being dipped in water symbolises death and burial or the surrender of one’s will or sinful desires to do God’s will throughout one’s life. Being raised out of water symbolises resurrection or regeneration, that is, the new life which the person baptized has agreed to live to the glory of God. - Romans 6:3-6; Colossians 2:12; 1 Peter 3:21.
QUESTION: “He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned.” (Mark 16:16) i) Does this mean that one who is not baptized shall still be saved? ii). When St. Paul said he baptized the household of Stephanas, does it not mean that he also baptized children in the house? – 1 Corinthians 1:16?
ANSWER: i) When one believes in and holds steadfastly to the truth, but is not opportuned to be baptized, one will be still saved in God’s Kingdom by His grace. See Mark 16:16; 1 Corinthians 1:17,13-16; Matthew 5:20; 24:12,13; etc.
ii) No. He baptized the adult members of the house, not children. It is only those who can exercise belief in Christ that should be baptized – Mark 16:16; Acts 8:36-38.