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The Divine Plan of the Ages Chapter 6 Questions

 

1. Our Lord intended for his disciples to understand that he would come again. List some of the ideas that Christians have concerning the return of our Lord. Also list the reasons why these ideas are not in harmony with the scriptures. (p. 89,90,91)

 

2. What view does the scriptures support concerning our Lord's return and what is the great work of Christ and his church at the time of his return? (p. 91, par. 1)

 

3. Name one of the texts relied upon by those who claim that the Lord will not come until after the Millennium. Explain why this text does not support their claim. (p. 91, par. 2)

 

4. What is the main object of the Gospel Age? What other scripture is used by post-millennialists to support their view? What is the proper understanding of this verse? (p. 92, par. 1,2)

 

5. List the purpose of both the first and second advent. Explain how the restoration and blessing of the world could have taken place following the first advent. (p. 93, par. 1,2)

 

6. What is the object of the long period of time between the first and second advent? When would the first advent have occurred if God did not plan the selection of the Church? (p. 94, par. 1,2) (Luke 12:32; Rom. 8:17)

 

7. Is God attempting to convert the world now? Explain your answer in harmony with the scriptures. (Acts 3:19-21; Rev. 11:8; Mat. 24:24; Isa. 55:11; Gen. 28:14; Gal. 3:16,29) (p. 94, par. 3; p. 95, par. 1,2)

 

8. Define both election and free grace. Explain when these two doctrines are applicable (i.e. past. present and future) (2 Pet. 1:10: Acts 15:14-18; 1 Tim. 2:4-6; Rev. 22:17; Acts 3:19-21) (page 96)

 

9. How was the doctrine of election illustrated by God's dealing with Abraham and the nation of Israel? How has election operated during the Gospel Age? (Gal. 3:29; Amos 3:2; Mat. 10:5; Eph. 1:4; Acts 15:14-18) (page 97)

 

10. What is the mission of the Church during this age (Gospel Age)? What is her mission in the future? (p. 98, par. 1,2)

 

11. Do the scriptures hold forth any hope of Millennial blessings for those who are in their graves? (p. 99, par 1)

 

12. How many estimated billions have lived on the earth since Adam's creation? What is the fate of the majority of these who have died without faith? How do Atheists, Calvinists and Armenians reply? (p. 99, par. 2,3; p. 100, par. 1)

 

13. Which view is held by the majority of Christians? What do the scriptures say? Can one be saved by ignorance? What is the only door of hope for the condemned race? (p. 100, par. 2; p. 101)

 

14. What is the belief of many Christians with respect to the salvation of ignorant children and heathen? Do they act in accordance with their professed belief? (p. 102, par. 1,2)

 

15. What is the only door of hope through which the condemned race may enter into eternal life? What scriptural assurance do we have that the present condition of the dead is not their full reward? (p. 102, par. 3; p. 103, par. 1,2)

 

16. Will any be lost from a lack of knowledge? What texts prove that Christ's sacrifice will be efficacious for every man? (p. 103, par. 3; p. 104)

 

17. Does death end all probation? Since God is love, what is the reasonable, beautiful and scriptural plan of God for the salvation of the world? (1 Tim. 2:4-6; 1 Cor. 15:22, 45) (p. 105, 106, par. 1)

 

18. How many salvations do we see in God's plan? What scriptures can you use to support this truth? (p. 106, par. 2; p. 107, par. 1,2)

 

19. What must be removed before the Gospel becomes Good News to all people? When will this be removed? Cite scriptures to support these truths. (p. 107, par. 3; p. 108, p. 109, par. 1)

 

20. Will there be other nations besides Israel who will receive future blessings? And if these nations have not received full opportunity for salvation in the past, what does future restoration to them imply? (p. 109, par. 2,3; p. 110, par. 1,2)

 

21. How can we understand the dealings of a God of love with those nations which he commanded Israel to "destroy utterly" (Ezek. 16:48-63)?

 

22. What is meant by the captivity of Sodom and Samaria and Israel (Ezek. 16)? What must a "return to their former estate" signify? How do we know that the Lord is not speaking ironically to Israel in this prophecy as some contend? (p. 112, par. 2,3)

 

23. What is the Apostle Paul's corroborative testimony on this matter (Rom. 11:26-29)? What mistake concerning God's Plan and promises has been made by both Jews and Christians? (p. 113, par. 2,3)

 

24. Have the doctrines of Calvinism and Armenianism distorted the truth? List the commendable features of Calvinism and two essential qualities that are lacking. (p. 114)

 

25. What does Armenianism teach? What must be the natural effect of this view concerning the divine character? (p. 115; p. 116, par. 1)

 

26. Seeing that so many of the glorious features of God's plan for man's salvation lie in the future, what should be the attitude of every true Christian? (p. 116, par. 3)