Growth and Experience
1. WHAT did the prophet Isaiah predict of
"And in that day there shall be a root of Jesse, which shall
stand for an ensign of the people; to it shall the Gentiles seek: and
His rest shall be glorious." Isa. 11:10.
NOTE.-Paul renders this, "In Him shall the Gentiles
2. Why does God wish us to trust in Jesus?
"That we should be to the praise of His glory, who first trusted in
Christ." Eph. 1:12.
3. What did the Ephesians do upon hearing the gospel?"
"In whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the
gospel of your salvation." Verse 13, first part.
4. What experience followed this trust in Jesus?
"In whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that Holy
Spirit of promise." Verse 13, last part.
NOTE.-To trust in Jesus is to believe in Him, to have abiding and
unbounded confidence in Him. When such trust exists, we are sealed by
the Holy Spirit of promise.
5. What is the gospel to every one that believes?
"I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of
God unto salvation to everyone that believeth." Rom. 1:16.
6. How does God regard one who abandons his faith?
"Now the just shall
live by faith: but if any man draw back
My soul shall have no pleasure in him." Heb. 10:38.
7. Is there danger of believers losing their hold on Christ?
because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall
wax cold." Matt. 24:12.
8. By what does one gain the victory over the world?
"This is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith." 1 John
9. What encouragement does Jesus give us to meet cheerfully the
troubles and trials of life?
"These things I have spoken unto you, that in Me ye might have peace. In
the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have
overcome the world." John 16:33.
10. What has this firm trust in Jesus led many to do?
overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their
testimony; and they loved not their lives unto the death." Rev. 12:11.
"And others had trial of cruel mockings and scourgings, yea, moreover
of bonds and imprisonment: they were stoned, they were sawn asunder,
were tempted, were slain with the sword: they wandered about in
sheepskins and goatskins; being destitute, afflicted, tormented; (of whom
the world was not worthy)." Heb. 11:36-38.
11. What did it lead Moses to do?
"By faith Moses, when he was come to
years, refused to be called the son of Pharaoh's daughter; choosing
rather to suffer affliction with the people of God, than to enjoy the
pleasures of sin for a season; esteeming the reproach of Christ greater
riches than the treasures in Egypt: for he had respect unto the recompense of the reward." Verses 24-26.
12. What is promised those who trust in Jesus?
"There is no man that
hath left house, or brethren, or sisters, or father, or mother, or wife,
or children, or lands, for My sake, and the gospel's, but he shall
receive an hundredfold now in this time, houses, and brethren, and
sisters, and mothers, and children, and lands, with persecutions; and
the world to come eternal life." Mark 10:29,30.
13. What is Jesus able to do?
"Now unto Him that is able to keep you
from falling, and to present you faultless before the presence of His
glory." Jude 24.
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