Test Three Answers
1. In II Corinthians, Paul lists different ways that he was persecuted: “Five times I received from the Jews the forty lashes minus one. Three times I was beaten with rods, once I was stoned.” (II Corinthians 11:24, 25a) But he left out one. In another of his letters, he mentions a different persecution which he endured. What is the letter and what was the persecution? Hint, it happened in Ephesus, but it is not found in the book of Ephesians. Answer: I Corinthians 15:32a states: “If I fought wild beasts in Ephesus for merely human reasons, what have I gained”
2. Jesus’ words are found throughout the Four Gospels. Yet other books of the New Testament also contain Jesus’ words. What other New Testament books include the words of Jesus? And how many times do the words of Jesus occur outside the Gospels in the New Testament? (Do not include Revelation, which has Jesus’ words scattered throughout.) Answer: Jesus’ words which are found outside the Gospels (and not in Revelation): (1) Acts 1:4-8 (2) Acts 9:4-16 (3) Maybe Acts 10:1-15 (4) Acts 11:9 (5) Acts 11:15 (6) Acts 18:9,10 (7) Acts 20:35 (8) Acts 22:6-10 (9) Acts 22:18-21 (10) Acts 23:11 (11) Acts 26:14-18 (12) I Corinthians 11:24,25 (13) II Corinthians 12:8.
3. How many of these verses are in Revelation? None. The references are given.
A. “After that, we who are still alive and are left will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air.” I Thessalonians 4:17
B. “And then the lawless one will be revealed, whom the Lord Jesus will overthrow with the breath of his mouth and destroy by the splendor of his coming.” II Thessalonians 2:8
C. “For the trumpet will sound, the dead will be raised imperishable, and we will be changed.” I Corinthians 15:52b
D. “At that time men will see the Son of Man coming in clouds with great power and glory.” Mark 13:26
E. “While I was thinking about the horns, there before me was another horn, a little one, which came up among them; and three of the first horns were uprooted before it. This horn had eyes like the eyes of a man and a mouth that spoke boastfully.” Daniel 7:8
F. “It is written: ‘A surely as I live,’ says the Lord, ‘every knee will bow before me; every tongue will confess to God.’ So then, each of us will give an account of himself to God.” Romans 14:11,12
G. “All the stars of the heavens will be dissolved and the sky rolled up like a scroll; all the starry host will fall like withered leaves from the vine, like shriveled figs from the fig tree.” Isaiah 34:4
H. “For everyone born of God overcomes the world. This is the victory that has overcome the world, even out faith.” I John 5:4
G. “There will be signs in the sun, moon, and stars. On the earth, nations will be in anguish and perplexity at the roaring and tossing of the sea.” Luke 21:25
4. (Remember that this is a joke) Paul, when he was known as Saul, witnessed the stoning of Stephen as described in Acts 7:59-8:1. Why did Paul not join in on the stone-throwing? Answer: Many New Testament scholars believe that Paul had bad eyesight. This comes from combining two verses. II Corinthians 12:7b states, “there was given me a thorn in the flesh.” So Paul had a physical problem. Galatians 6:11 states, “See what large letter I use as I write to you with my own hand!” So Paul’s problem may have been bad eyesight. Back to the stoning of Stephen. Paul was there, but did you really want to give a guy with bad eyesight some rocks and then tell him to start throwing them? So they said, “You just stand over there out of the way.”
5. (Remember that this is a joke) Communion, or the Lord’s Supper, is described in Matthew, Mark, and Luke, but not in John. Instead, John describes the Footwashing event at the Last Supper. Why did John not include a description of Communion? Answer: John 13:24 states that, at the Last Supper, the “disciple whom Jesus loved [John] was reclining next to him [Jesus].” While reclining against Jesus, John fell asleep. While he was asleep, Jesus passed the bread and wine, the first Communion. When John woke up, he asked what he had missed. The other Apostles, not understanding the significance, said, “Nothing much.”
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