Bible Proficiency Project
Week 45,  11/9 - 11/15, 2020

 

I.     Monday — 2Peter 2

1.     Who were “the people” that Peter referred to in verse 1

2.    What are the marks of the “false” teacher spelled out in 2Pt. 2?

3.    In what way is 2:1-18 reminiscent of Jude and why might this be?

4.    Explain verse 20 and what is the implication for the one in view?

II.    Tuesday — 2Peter 3

1.     What common purpose does Peter state he had in writing both his epistles?

2.    What was one of the main doubts the false teachers were promoting and how did Peter counteract it?

3.    How would you explain 2Pt 3:9 in terms of the Promise that He is not willing that any should perish? (hint:

       remember the context)

4.    What did Peter teach regarding the nature of when the Lord will return and the application for the

       Christian?

5.    Peter refers to Paul’s writings in verses 15-16. What two things does this teach us about his writings?

III.   Wednesday — Hebrews 1 – Final Revelations

1.     What is the purpose or theme of the book of Hebrews?

2.    In what way is the progressive nature of the history of revelation at the heart of this book?  

3.    In what way is Jesus superior to the angels?

4.    What are the areas in which Jesus’ superiority is demonstrated over the angels?

IV.   Thursday – Hebrews 2

1.     In what ways might one neglect so great a salvation [2:3] and how do we avoid that?

2.    What do these first five verses inform us about the author?

3.    In what way and for what purpose was Jesus made a little lower than the angels (v.9)?

4.    In what way is our union with Christ presented in verse 11?

5.    In what other way is this union seen in verse 14?

6.    What is the meaning of the word propitiation in the context of Jesus’ work?

V.    Sunday — Hebrews 3:1-4:13 The True Home

1.     In what way is Jesus presented as superior to Moses?

2.    What are the marks that we are God’s house (v. 6)?

3.    What is the purpose of exhorting in v. 13 and who is to do the exhorting?

4.    What is required to enter into God’s rest according to 4:1-2?

5.   In 4:9 the word “rest” is actually “sabbathing”. What is the implication of that word for us?

Answers

I.     Monday — 2Peter 2

1.     I take this as a reference to the Old Testament people of God or Israelites. Peter may have Deuteronomy

      13:1-3 in mind here. He makes this reference to show that in every period and generation of the church they

       must contend against those in their midst who will be deceivers teaching against the Word of God.

2.    The particular ones emphasized in verses 1-3 point to their propensity to seek to deceive the righteous with

       lies and bad behavior. But in v. 5 they are also described as having an eye to do sinful things even though

       they have been taught righteousness in Christ yet they have retreated from it.

3.    They definitely reveal similar content and examples in terms of warnings about false teachers. This is

       explained as one had access to the other’s letter and borrowed from it. That would mean the two letters

       were written in proximity sometime before or around 65-67 AD when Peter is thought to have been

       executed. The general consensus is that Peter borrows from Jude.

4.     From Peter’s warning he is speaking of people in the church who profess faith but then evidence the

       contrary both in word and conduct. They are those who then seek to enlist others into their sinful behavior.

       Peter said that their end will be worse in degree because they have “known” the truth in the sense of

       having been exposed and joined to liberty in Christ only to then return back to the pollutions of the world.

II.    Tuesday — 2Peter 3

1.     He uses the phrase that both are to stir up your pure minds by way of reminder. The meaning here is that

       the Christian is in continual need to be prodded along in the pursuit of Christ. This is further understood in

       the context of chapter 2 where there was the threat of false teachers, so that it is important that the

       believer be under the constant stirring up through the preaching of the Word to exercise their true faith.

2.    There were those who were saying that the Lord was not going to come back and so live life to the fullest

       now. But Peter points to the promise of the coming judgments of the heavens and the earth by fire in

       similar fashion to the great flood in Noah’s day.

3.    The promise has to do with Christ’s return and the resurrection which some were saying were past or

       would not happen. The promise is not to every human but to the Beloved (v. 1) and so God is not slack in

       His promise but is not willing that any that Christ has died for should perish and so extends the period of

       the last days until the final elect will have come to faith.

4.    In verse 10 Peter speaks of the suddenness and unexpected nature of the moment when the Lord comes.

       The application for the Christian is that we are to always expect and be ready for the Lord to come at any

       minute. This is called the imminent return of Christ. It is living with an eschatological perspective (verse 13).

5.    First is that the writings of Paul in particular and others as well are circulated and well known within the

       churches. Second, that Peter viewed Paul’s writings to be of equal authority with the rest of the Scriptures.

III.   Wednesday — Hebrews 1 – Final Revelations

1.     The book is written to Jewish Christians to show them the superiority of Christ to the Old Testament

       sacrifices and administration.

2.   It opens by referring to the Old Testament prophets as speaking in times past, but that now revelation is

       updated through the revelation of the Son of God. Jesus does not contradict or set aside the Old

       Testament but brings a fuller meaning and completion to that which was spoken in times past. Thus, the

       superiority of New Testament revelation to the Old Testament.

3.    Two points are made here. First, Jesus is not an angel but superior to them. In verse 4 it says He was made

       better than the angels, but this does not imply he was inferior to them at any time. Rather the point is that

       as one bearing human nature his rank as true man was elevated above that of the angels in terms of

       superiority. That he was never inferior is demonstrated in verse 5 which points to Jesus essence as the

       second person of the Trinity – the Son of God.

4.    V. 5 Sonship; v. 6 Angels worship Him; v. 8 Kingship; v. 10 Creator; v. 12 Judge of world and He is

       unchangeable, and v. 13 He is seated at God’s right hand (throne) which indicates He rules over all

       creation.

IV.   Thursday – Hebrews 2

1.     These opening verses of chapter 2 focus on God’s revelation. Neglecting so great a salvation occurs when

       one ignores God’s revelation and in particular the words of Christ and His apostles in these last days (1:2).

2.    The authorship of Hebrews has long been debated. The Apostle Paul has been attributed to this book

       most often but in light of the absence of his identification as he does in his other epistles it is unlikely. Also,

       based on the comment in verse 3 that the revelation was confirmed to us by the apostles would seem to

       indicate a later follower who learned from the apostles. This to would be contrary to what Paul would say,

       who spoke of his apostleship coming directly from the Lord.

3.    The imagery here points to Jesus’ incarnation wherein He takes upon Himself human nature for the

       purpose of suffering death as an atonement for sin for the human race. It is in the veiling of his divine

       nature that His standing appears lower.

4.    Jesus, in becoming the One who calls us joins us to Him in His perfection through our sanctification. We

       are being conformed to the image likeness of Christ.

5.    Jesus becomes one with us by taking our human nature. In verse 10 it speaks of His sufferings in the flesh.

       In verse 14 it speaks of Him sharing our nature for the purpose of suffering death. Angels don’t suffer death,

       and God does not suffer death, but man does. However, Jesus becomes one with us in His suffering of

       death.

6.    The word signifies regaining favor lost by making things right. In the sense of Jesus’ His work is the

       instrument through which the forgiveness of sins is bestowed upon the alienated sinner. God was in Christ

       Jesus reconciling the world to Himself (2Cor 5:19).

V.   Sunday — Hebrews 3:1-4:13 The True Home

1.    Moses is said to be faithful in God’s house, but Jesus built the house. We are the building built by Christ.

       Moses is a servant in the house owned/built by Christ.

2.    Our confidence and rejoicing are in the work of Christ and we persevere in the faith.

3.    The idea of exhorting is to plead earnestly for something and in this context, it is to plead with one another

       (encourage) to continue to walk worthy of our calling as Christians and not fall into sin through unbelief.

4.   The rest is entered into when one who hears the gospel preached believes it so that the hearing is joined

       by faith.

 5.  One of the reasons why the Christian Sabbath is crucial to the worship of the church is because it points us

       to and reminds us of the final Sabbath rest that is referred to here. That is that even as God sets one day

       apart from the others, we learn that God has set eternity apart from our current day to be a special

       kingdom.