Power In The Word
.1. THROUGH what agency did God create the heavens?
By the word of the Lord were the heavens made; and all the host of them by the breath of His mouth." "For He spake, and it was done; He commanded, and it stood fast." Ps. 33:6,9.
2. By what does Christ uphold all things?
Upholding all things by the word of His power." Heb 1:3
3. Of what are some willingly ignorant?
"For this they willingly are ignorant of, that by the word of God the heavens were of old, and the earth standing out of the water and in the water: whereby the world that then was, being overflowed with water, perished." 2 Peter 3:5,6
4. By what are the present heavens and earth reserved for a similar fate?
"But the heavens and the earth, which are now, by the same word are kept in store, reserved unto fire against the day of judgment and perdition of ungodly men." Verse 7.
5. In what other scripture is it shown that creative power is exercised through the word of God?
"Let them praise the name of the Lord: for He commanded, and they were created." Ps. 148:5.
6. What change is wrought in one who is in Christ?
"Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature [there is a new creation, R. V., margin]: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new." 2 Cor. 5:17.
7. What is this new creation also called?
"Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God." John 3:3.
8.How does the word of God work in the believer?
"For this cause also thank we God without ceasing, because, when ye received the word of God which ye heard of us, ye received it not as the word of men, but as it is in truth, the word of God, which effectually worketh also in you that believe." 1 Thess. 2:13.
9. What nature is imparted through the promises of God?
"Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust." 2 Peter 1:4.
10. What is required beyond a mere hearing of the word?
"But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves." James 1:22.
The Study of the Scriptures
1. WHAT did Christ say to the Jews concerning the study of the Scriptures?
"Search the Scriptures; for in them ye think ye have eternal life: and they are they which testify of Me." John 5:
2. For what were the Bereans commended?
"These were more noble than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness of mind, and searched the Scriptures daily, whether those things were so." Acts 17:1
Note: .-"If God's Word were studied as it should be," says a modern Bible student, "men would have a breadth of mind, a nobility of character , and a stability of purpose that are rarely seen in these times. But there is little benefit derived from a hasty reading of the Scriptures. One may read the whole Bible through, and yet fail to see its beauty or comprehend its deep and hidden meaning. One passage studied until its significance is clear to the mind and its relation to the plan of salvation is evident, is of more value than the perusal of many chapters with no definite purpose in view, and no positive instruction gained."
3.By what comparison is it indicated that some portions of God's Word are more difficult to understand than others
"For when for the time ye ought to be teachers, ye have need that one teach you again which be the first principles of the oracles of God; and are become such as have need of milk, and not of strong meat." Heb. 5:12.
4. In what way is this comparison further explained?
"For every one that useth milk is unskilful in the word of righteousness: for he is a babe. But strong meat belongeth to them that are of full age, even those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil." Verses 13,14
5. What writings are specifically mentioned as containing some things difficult to understand?
"And account that the long-suffering of our Lord is salvation; even as our beloved brother Paul also according to the wisdom given unto him hath written unto you; as also in all his epistles, speaking in them of these things; in which are some things hard to be understood, which they that are unlearned and unstable wrest, as they do also the other scriptures, unto their own destruction." 2 Peter
Note Some scriptures are too plain to be misunderstood, while the meaning of others cannot so readily be discerned. To obtain a comprehensive knowledge of any Bible truth, scripture must be compared with scripture, and there should be " careful research and prayerful reflection." But all such study will be richly reward
6 How thoroughly does the Spirit search out the. hidden treasures of truth?
"But God hath revealed them unto us by His Spirit: for the Spirit searcheth all things, yea, the deep things of God." Verse 10.
7 What is one purpose for which the Holy Spirit was sent?
"But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in My name, He shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you." John 14:26.
8 Why cannot the natural man receive the things of the Spirit?
"But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned." 1 Cor. 2:14.
9 For what spiritual gift did the apostle Paul pray?
"That the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give unto you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Him." Eph. 1:17
10 What are the Scriptures able to do for one who believes them?
And that from a child thou hast known the Holy Scriptures, which are able to make thee wise unto salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus." 2 Tim