Bible Proficiency Project
Week 40,  10/5 - 10/11, 2020

I.     Monday — Colossians 1  Praise for Christ

1.     Where was the Colosse and what other cities were nearby?

2.    Was this a church that Paul planted?

3.    What three things did Paul pray the Colossians would be occupied with?

4.    What are we delivered from and into?

5.    How would you respond to someone who says verse 15 teaches Jesus was the first-born or created being?

6.    What is meant in verse 19 by the statement that in Him all the fullness should dwell?

7.    What are the marks that one has been reconciled according to verse 23?

8.    What is the mystery that had been hidden during the Old Testament but was made known in Paul’s day?

II.    Tuesday —Colossians 2  Ministry Purpose

1.     What difficulty were the Colossians struggling with?

2.    What truth does Paul speak of as the opposite of these deceptions?

3.    How does the circumcision not made with hands look like?

4.    What doctrine is described in verse 13?

5.    What is the issue behind the elements described in verse 16 and how did Paul respond to the argument?

6.    What is the application for us in Paul’s question why in verse 20?

III.   Wednesday — Colossians 3-4  Life in Christ

1.     What are the elements of resurrection living that open chapter 3?

2.    Paul spoke of the Christian’s hope in this book. How is that hope defined in 3:4?

3.    What is the nature of the new man described in 3:10?

4.    What characteristics are developed in the new man according to 3:12-15?

5.    What comfort do these character traits produce in 3:14?

6.    What is the source or guide of how we embrace this life of peace?

7.    In 4:2-6, what are the two areas Paul said they should be consistent about?

8.    What question should arise from 4:16?

IV.   Thursday – Ephesians 1  Prayer for the Church

1.     List as many phrases as you can find in verses 1-14 that point to the basis for how one is chosen to receive

       salvation.  

2.    According to verse 4 to what end are we chosen?

3.    Sum up what it is that Paul desires the saints to know in verse 18?

4.    According to verse 20 how is God’s hope best evidenced?

5.    What comfort belongs to the saint as a result of the nature and working of Jesus’ rule?

V.    Sunday — Ephesians 2:1-3:13

1.     Why does Paul In 2:1 identify the Christian as being made alive – and is this resurrection language?

2.    Verse 4 begins with the adversative but to contrast God to who?

3.    How is this theme of living in resurrection power reinforced in 2:5-10?

4.    What does Paul want our response to be to 2:11-13?

5.    What duty falls to one who is a member of the household of God (v. 19)?

6.    What mystery is Paul speaking of in ch 3?

7.    To what do we now have boldness and access with confidence into?

 

Answers

I.     Monday — Colossians 1  Praise for Christ

1.     It is in the area of Asia-Phrygia. The surrounding cities were north of Colosse, Laodicea, Hierapolis, and

       Philadelphia.

2.    Paul said in verse 4 that he had “heard” of their faith. This demonstrated that the church was spreading

       through various means and churches were being formed as the result of other missionaries who were

       going out. In this case, it appears that Epaphras held this special honor.

3.    In verse 10 he zeros in on 1) a walk worthy of the Lord, 2) being fruitful of good works, and 3) increasing in

       the knowledge of God.

4.    We are delivered from the power of darkness and into the Kingdom of the Son.

5.    The subject here is not what His essence is in Himself, but what Jesus, as the first-born from the dead,

       accomplishes in us by advancing new life in us.

6.    That in the Christ, the fullness of righteousness, wisdom, power, and every blessing would become evident

       through the working of His power throughout His ministry.

7.    He said the marks are 1) to continue in faith and 2) not moved away from the hope of the gospel  (that is the

       forgiveness of sins and eternal life).

8.    The answer is found in verse 27, that God willed to make known the riches of the gospel among the

       Gentiles.

II.    Tuesday —Colossians 2  Ministry Purpose

1.     In chapter 2 Paul speaks of the general threat (v. 4) of people in the church to deceive the flock, and he

       goes on in verse 8 to speak specifically of those who through 1) philosophy, 2) empty deceit, 3) tradition of

       men and 4) basic principles of the world teach contrary to the gospel and at the end who seek to

       reintroduce a keeping of the Law and traditions as the means of salvation rather than grace through faith.

2.    Paul points to our salvation being wholly bound to the fullness of the Godhead revealed in the person of

       Christ as true man and true God.

3.    It is directly revealed in the sinner’s repentance of sin and union with Christ according to the benefits of His

       death (v. 11-12).

4.    This is the language of regeneration which is also referred to as new life or being born again.

5.    These are things that were observed under the Old Testament as ceremonial laws that pointed to the

       coming Christ. Paul said that since Christ had come, He is the substance so that we should no longer chase

       the shadows of the Old Testament ceremonies.

6.    Paul asked why if we are called through and unto spiritual life do we then seek through physical means

       that are self-imposed (will-worship) that accomplish nothing or are of no value to the body or the spirit.

III.   Wednesday — Colossians 3-4  Life in Christ

1.     Paul is building on the chapter where he directed the Christian to pursue spiritual paths, and not focus on

       empty earthy temporary things. So as he opens chapter 3 he directs our thoughts to live heavenly

       (eschatologically) minded.  The word raised here is significant in that it means to cause to live together

       again with others, and in particular, here it is with Christ.  This is enhanced when one meditates on the

       things of heaven, on Christ on the throne.

2.    Paul frames his exhortation in terms of the outcome of the Christian at the second coming.

3.    Paul describes it in terms of embracing renewed knowledge (Rom 12:2 – superior to the old), which is a

       process begun to restore the image of God within the sinner back into conformity with Christ (Rom 8:29

       summorphos – to be morphed into Christ’s image). Phil 3:21 – our vile body shall be changed into or like

       unto Christ’s glorious body. The Bible only classifies two kinds of people those who are the old man and

       those who are renewed and become new.

4.    Tender mercies, kindness, humility, meekness, longsuffering, bearing with one another, and forgiving one

       another, putting on love.

5.    The peace of God in our hearts.

6.    Paul said in 3:16 to let the word of Christ dwell in you. He then goes on to point to our language of speech

       flowing from the word of God as the basis of how we think and interact with each other.

7.    Prayer and one’s walk.

8.    There is no letter or epistle to the Laodiceans in the Bible. This tells us that there were more writings in the

       early church but that God did not intend them to make up the New Testament canon (Bible).

IV.  Thursday – Ephesians 1  Prayer for the Church

1.     v. 1 by the will of God; v. 4 just as He chose us; v. 5 having predestined us . . . according to the good

       pleasure of His will; v. 6 He made us accepted; v. 7 according to the riches of His grace; v. 9 of His will,

       according to His good pleasure which He purposed in Himself; v. 11 being predestined according to the

       purpose of Him who works all things according to the counsel of His will; v. 14 to the praise of His glory.

2.    To be holy (set apart) and to be without blame before Him (as the recipients of grace through Christ).

3.    The keyword is found in the phrase the hope of His calling. Why does God call us? That He might make

       known in those He saves His mercy and salvation. Note that the word hope here carries the force to look

       forward with confidence to that which is good and beneficial.

4.    By Jesus’ death and resurrection coupled with His ascension and being seated to rule.

5.    His rule is described as above all other rules (superior to all powers) and that this rule is for the benefit of

       the church!

V.   Sunday — Ephesians 2:1-3:13

1.     Yes, this is to emphasize that those in Christ have been raised to spiritual life in this world to the end that

       they would no longer walk according to worldliness.  The words made alive are supplied there based on

       chapter 1. But that is the case based on the contrast with which chapter 2 opens up with the language of

       being dead in one’s sins.

2.    Satan.

3.    Paul here speaks of the gift of God’s grace through faith in terms of raising one who was dead spiritually to

       a new life in Christ to the end that not only would one believe but also live according to the plan of God in

       all good works.

4.    By remembering where we came from and what we have received those in Christ might look to those

       trapped in darkness with compassion and hope that they also might be saved.

5.    That all saints are called to and make up the holy temple of the Lord. A key to understanding what Paul is

       drawing out here in verses 14-22 is that there is now no distinction between Jewish or Gentile believers.

6.    That the Gentiles and Jews would be one in the Church (v. 6).

7.    The answer is the boldness to enter into the presence of God that we might call upon the name of the

       Lord.  Faith has three stages: first is believing the promises of God; second is by relying on them we gain

       confidence, and last this confidence produces boldness to approach God and not flee before His holiness.

       Why? Because God’s design in Christ is so that we might appear before Him holy and blameless.