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The Divine Plan of the Ages

Chapter 14 Questions


1.What prominence do the Scriptures give to God's Kingdom, and what was the burden of John the Baptist's message, our Lord's parables, and the Apostles' preaching?

2 What was the hope of the apostles and the early church? If Jesus had been given the dominion of earth without redeeming mankind, what would have been the result?

3. What was the incorrect concept of the disciples regarding the nature of the kingdom? How were their hopes in the kingdom revived? How do many today err concerning the kingdom?

4. What was the attitude of the worldly-wise Jews towards Jesus' claims? What was the question of the Pharisees, and our Lord's reply, concerning when this kingdom would appear?

5. What was Nicodemus' apparent attitude towards Jesus and what was his question regarding "the kingdom of heaven at hand?" What was Jesus' response?

6. What illustration was given by our Lord in describing that nature of beings who were born of the spirit?

7. Why would it have been useless for our Lord to tell Nicodemus about heavenly things?

8. For what chief reason did the Jewish nation lose their opportunity to share in Messiah's kingdom?


9. What has been the serious error of the nominal churches' teaching with respect to the kingdom of God?

10. In what sense is Christ's Kingdom now reigning and how does this fact affect the promise of a future kingdom of heaven "which shall be from sea to sea . . ."?

11. What parable locates the time of the establishment of the Kingdom? In what condition is the kingdom of heaven at present, and what are its experiences?

12. How do we understand the Apostle Paul's words in Romans 14:17? What are the promises given to the church and what are their terms?

13. What false ideas concerning the kingdom were corrected by the Apostle Paul? What was the ultimate result of the false theories regarding the church's mission?

14. What is the Protestant claim with respect to the reign of the church, and how does the popular view of the kingdom harmonize with the teachings of our Lord and His Apostles?

15. What are the two phases of God's kingdom, and who will constitute the spiritual phase of the kingdom? Who will make up the human agents of the Christ in restoring and blessing the remainder of mankind?

16. What illustration might give us some insight concerning the harmonious operation of the two phases of the kingdom? What will it mean to gain a place in the earthly phase of the kingdom? What great reward will await the honored instruments of this work among mankind?

17. What will be the glory of the heavenly and earthly phases of the kingdom? Explain how God's promise to Abraham is to be verified through these two phases of the kingdom. What is the order of their development?

18. Of what nature was the promise to Abraham? What does Paul say about when these promises will be fulfilled and the church's relationship with the "Ancient Worthies?" See Heb. 11:13, 39, 40.

19. Why should we expect the Jews to be the first to come into harmony with the laws of the kingdom? Would a nation have any advantage under the terms of the high calling if they were found to be descendants of the "lost tribes" of Israel?

20. Explain how God's kingdom is symbolized by the New Jerusalem. Will there be two cities or governments in the kingdom?

21. What will be man's experience reaching perfection? What is the promise concerning the building of literal Jerusalem and what do the Scriptures teach about the future glory of the kingdom of God, of which Jerusalem is a symbol?

22. How was the nation of Israel typical with respect to the Law Covenant, the New Covenant and the Blood of Atonement? In what respect only will the Jews have precedence in God's favor and why?

23. Describe the loss and recovery of natural Israel. See Romans 11. Is the fact that Israel lost the chief blessing proof that the Jews are to have no future favors? How were the spiritual favors kept hidden until the due time to be revealed?

24. What are Paul's words with respect to the two "elect" classes and their relationship to each other?

25. Describe the two parts of the literal city of Jerusalem and what they symbolize. What are the requirements for all who would be heirs of the kingdom of God in either phase?

26. What will be the nature of the iron rule of Christ's kingdom? Why will many feel rebellious against the perfect rule of the new government? Ultimately, what facts will the world of mankind learn to appreciate?

27. Give an illustration of the manner in which the kingdom of heaven will be under the direct control of Christ as God's Vicegerent. Will the kingdom, when delivered over to the Father, cease to be the kingdom of God?

28. Will mankind be able to stand before God's law of exact justice at the end of the Millennial Age? Explain how the kingdom of God will be an everlasting kingdom at the close of that age.

29. What scriptural distinction is made between the kingdom prepared for mankind and the kingdom and glory prepared for the church, respecting their location in time in the Father's plan? Will Christ's glory and power cease with the Millennial Age?

30. For what has the whole creation been earnestly longing?