Chapter one is a brief synopsis of the book to follow. Jesus Christ is set forth as the transcendent person that He is. God in His great wisdom and holiness made man in His own image as He is the eternal life and the only one that deserves all glory. Jesus Christ is God in human flesh; He became a man so that men could relate to Him. Jesus brought God down to man in a way that he would be understood.
Faith is the second main point of the chapter. The most important part of faith is is its object. This chapter seeks to bring the focus of faith upon the person of Jesus Christ. The rest of the book takes different elements of God’s character and places them on display, so that the reader can focus his faith upon the Character of God in Jesus Christ.
Questions for Reflection and Discussion:
1. What is reason properly defined? (Page 1)
2. What part should reason play in matters of faith? (Page 1)
3. Why is the Christian’s faith never blind? (Page 2)
4. Why is Jesus different from every other person in history? (Pages 3 – 5)
5. How is God-given faith synonymous with total and life long commitment? (Page 6)
6. How does faith in Christ equate to obedience to Him? (Page 7)
7. How is it that people see Jesus differently, when Jesus is unchanging? (Page 8)
8. In what ways does the Bible record that Jesus is the Christ or the Savior sent by God? (Page 8)
9. What distinguishes a true Christian from a person who merely professes to be a one? (Pages 9, 10)
10. Describe what it means to know Jesus. (Pages 10 – 12)
11. How does knowing the true Jesus change your life? Do you know Jesus? (Page 13) How has Jesus changed your life?
Chapters 2 through 7 deal with Jesus’s ministry in dealing with sin. Therefore, they look primarily to the cross, and Jesus as the sacrificial lamb of God. Chapters 8 through 12 look more to the ministry of Christ after the resurrection.
For this reason, chapters 2 through 7 are weighty and very convicting. After the darkness of these six chapters there is a glorious freedom that comes to those who benefit from Jesus’s sacrifice.
Questions for Reflections and Discussion:
1. Describe some ways by which Jesus was treated like a servant and not the creator God. (Pages 16, 17)
2. What do the ways that people treated Jesus when on earth imply about the condition of man’s heart? Be specific! (Pages 18, 19)
3. What are some Biblical reasons for believing that Jesus is the creator God? (Page 19)
4. Explain the Biblical reasoning behind Jesus Christ as the one who sustains all things. (Pages 19, 20)
5. How does the perfection and completeness of God’s divine nature reflect the magnitude of His benevolence toward those He creates? (Page 22)
6. How did the perfection of Jesus’s service as Almighty God translate into perfect servitude as a man? (Pages 23-25)
QUESTIONS FOR REFLECTION AND DISCUSSION:
1. Why is a trustworthy ruler valuable?
2. Why does Christ’s devotion to His people make Him a ruler that can be trusted? (Page 27)
3. Does gold change the value of the earth?
4. Does good character in people make earth a nice place to live?
5. How does Christ’s infinite power make Him a ruler who is greater in value than all others?
6. How does the fact that Jesus as the God man and man-child who never abused His divine power make Him a ruler who can be trusted. (Pages 29, 30)
7. How is submission as a worker valuable to an employer?
8. How is man’s lack of submission to God the telltale sign of man’s fallen condition? (Page 31)
9. Why must Jesus have treated His earthly mother and step-father in a completely different and better way than all other children? (Pages 32, 33)
10. How must Jesus have treated His earthly mother and step-father differently than all other children?
11. How does it indicate in the text sighted in Chapter 3, that Joseph and Mary were confused about the Jesus’s true identity? (Page 33)
12. What indicates that people are still confused about Jesus’s identity?
13. Why did Jesus stay in Jerusalem after His family left and how does puberty explain why He did it? (Page 34)
14. How is it made clear that Jesus never misused His divine power by never using it during His childhood?
15. How might a use of Jesus’s divine power for personal comfort for Himself and/or His relatives be a misuse of divine power? (Page 35, 36)
16. Why should gifting by the Holy Spirit for ministry never be confused with scholastic ability? (Page 38)
17. Why is Jesus the only path to godly humility and how can you appropriate His? (Page 39)
QUESTIONS FOR REFLECTION AND DISCUSSION:
1. In what specific way did Jesus love people? Please explain. (Page 41, 42)
2. How can we be honest with people when we are tempted to be nice but not completely truthful?
3. How does our motives change how we speak to people, particularly regarding the truth?
4. What are some ways that you have, by your pride, overridden the will of God in the course of your life? (Page 43)
5. Explain the circumstance by which Mary, the mother of the human Jesus, had her heart broken? (Page 43-47)
6. What is the sin of all sins that breaks the heart of a repentant sinner?(Page 47, 48)
7. What is the penetrating truth that the Son of Man reveals to sinners? (Pages 47 and 48)
8. What kind of people can we understand James and Jude, the brothers of Jesus, to be prior to the cross? (Pages 49 to 53)
9. Explain the change that took place within James and John after they realized there counterfeit condition. (Pages 49 to 53)
10. What lessons do James and John teach us about counterfeit Christians?
QUESTIONS FOR REFLECTIONS AND DISCUSSION:
1. Why was Jesus concerned that His disciples might fall because of a stumbling black set before them? (Page 55)
2. What did Jesus do to assure that His disciples would rise again after falling because of sufferings He would endure? (Page 55, 56)
3. What incident did God use to break Peter of his pride? What might Peter have felt about the way he abandoned Jesus during His hour of need? (Page 56)
4. How was the devil used to bring Peter to a lowly place of humility, so that he could be used greatly as a preacher in the first church? (Page 56)
5. How are trials meant to draw us near to God? What responsibilities do we have when trials become part of our experience? (Page 57)
6. What were Jesus’s purposes for the upper room discourse? (Page 59)
7. What was the condition of Peter’s faith, and what was the focus of Jesus’s teaching at that time? (Page 59, 60)
8. What ironies can be seen through Jesus’s discourse in the upper room, when we consider the trials He was facing? (Page 60 – 62)
9. What does Jesus’s act of humility in washing His disciples feet say about His divine and human natures. (Pages 63 – 65)
10. How does Jesus’s upper room discourse prepare His people for the persecution that follows being His disciple? (Page 66 -68)
1. What does “His hour”refer to in John 17:1? What Old Testament events does John refer to by his use of the term “His hour”? (Pages 70, 71)
2. Who was the primary focus of Jesus’s love, by becoming the sacrificial lamb, who took away the sins of the world? (Page 72)
3. Why was it necessary for Jesus to hand over guardianship of His 11 disciples to the Father, during the hours He spent on the cross? (Page 73)
4. What significance does the darkness of night have in the kingdom of God? (Page 73, 74)
5. What might Jesus have experienced as the second person of the Trinity, when God threw Him out of His presence, during His time upon the cross: (Pages 73, 74)
6. What significance does the power of trillions of suns set in the evening sky have for Him who bore the sins of those who would believe? (Page 75, 76)
7. How does Jesus’s sacrifice reveal all forms of false religious worship, while exalting the Son of God as the only fulfillment to a righteous form of worship? (Page 76-78)
8. Why are all men so willing to accuse God and excuse themselves from wrong doing? How do you see yourself in the light of the Gospel truth that Jesus died for sinners? Are you innocent or guilty? (79)
9. Can men worship God in a way that is pleasing to Him, if they don’t set Him apart as holy, as we are commanded to do by a proper understanding of the Sabbath, as recorded in Genesis 2:1-3? (Page 80)
10. Explain how self denial defines the character of God’s love, what it cost God in Christ, and how God’s righteousness and His love are on display at the cross. (Pages 81-83)
11. Have you recognized your need of a Savior, have you seen in the sacrifice of Christ your own moral and religious poverty of soul? (Page 83)
1. How do Christians understand the suffering that is in the world? Page 85 & 86
2. Explain how suffering is the consequence of sin but not sin itself. Page 87
3. Explain the nature of sin as it exists in the human race and how it reveals itself through actions and words.
4. Explain the different ways that man views sin and how God views it.
5. How does the author explain that Jesus Christ is one with the eternal God?
6. What does the scripture say about the duration of God’s penalty for sin? Page 90
7. Explain how it is that God alone imparts divine truth. Page 91
8. How is it that there was no justice for Jesus as He suffered upon the cross? Page 93 Explain!
9. In what ways is the righteousness of Jesus Christ imputed to the believer?
10. Explain how it took the power of God to reverse God’s decision to punish men for their sins eternally. Page 95
11. Explain how it is that Jesus Christ imparts His righteousness to the believer. Page 96 What does this righteousness mean in the experience of the believer?