What do you really know about your faith?

As a precaution against false doctrine and errant theology, every believer should know basic biblical definitions and their application to the Christian life.  In other words our orthodoxy should frame our orthopraxy.  Don’t get too busy to stop, study and know. What you put into your heart, spirit and mind will help you to discern true from false. More importantly, a good spiritual diet of sound doctrine will cause you to grow. Many, many Christians are stunted in their spiritual growth because they (1) don’t take sound doctrine seriously (2) are being fed milk when they should be eating meat or (3) in ignorance reject sound doctrine.

How seriously do you take 2 Tim 2:15, Proverbs 4:7 and 2 Pet 3:18?  If  want to start paying more attention to the fundamentals of our faith, here’s a brief quiz to test your knowledge. Try your best to answer without looking up any answers or asking anyone else. To truly gauge if you are up to par, just answer as best you know. These are pretty simple so you should have no problem. If youre fairly confident and want to share your answers go ahead. If you have questions about the questions or answers, please elaborate in the comment section.

1. What’s the penalty for sin?

2. Who is the Holy Spirit?

3. What’s the difference between temptation and testing?

4. What does the word “propitiation” mean?

5.  True or false. Jesus said water baptism is a prerequisite for salvation.

6.  What’s the difference between condemnation and conviction?

7. Was man created holy?

8. Was Jesus resurrected bodily or as a spirit?

9. Why did Jesus have to die?

10. According to the author, what is the intent of the gospel of John?


14 thoughts on “What do you really know about your faith?

  1. 1). Death
    2). The 3rd person of the God head.
    3). Temptation is from the enemy and testing is from God.
    6).Condemnation draws people away from Christ. Conviction draws people to Christ.
    9). For the atonement of sin.

  2. 1. “The wages of sin is death…” – Romans 6:23

    2. The Holy Spirit is the third Person of the Trinity, distinct from the Father and the Son (John 14:26, 16:13, et al.)

    3. Temptation does not original from God (James 1:13) and is the flesh being led to sin against the Lord, while testing is God’s way of encouraging growth (Hebrews 12:3-11; James 1:2-3)

    4. Propitiation is an atoning sacrifice which satisfies the righteous anger of God. This atoning sacrifice has been made by the substitionary sacrifice of the Lord Jesus – Matthew 26:27-28, 1 John 2:1-2

    5. False – water baptism is to be administered after one has placed faith in the Lord Jesus and is to be administered in the name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit (Matthew 28:18-20, Mark 16:15-16)

    6. Condemnation is a result of sin whereby we know (or are made to know) that we have transgressed the law of God (example – 1 John 3:20-21), while conviction is where our conscience guided by the Holy Spirit is brought to an awareness of our sin in order that we may repent (John 16:8)

    7. Man was born in a state of total depravity, whereby the totality of his being was subject unto the law of sin (though that does not mean that all men are as evil as they could be)

    8. Jesus was resurrected bodily (Luke 24:39 – where he himself affirms that he had a body of flesh and bone)

    9. Christ died in order to satisfy the wrath of God against sinners and to be their substitute before the Father

    10. John affirms that the purpose of his Gospel narrative is that to demonstrate that Jesus is the Christ and that by believing we might have life in his name (John 20:30-31)

  3. Great job, Ann. I did a post on the answer to #4, and man was created with a depraved nature apart from Christ.

    Regarding #10 – in a nutshell, the Book of John confirms many of the accounts of Matthew, Mark, and Luke (thus it’s synoptic nature), but it also focuses on Christ’s earthly ministry. John 20:31 pretty much sums up the intent of the book – with some conventional thought being that it was also written to strengthen the faith of Christians in the infant (and growing) church.

  4. Douglas, excellent.

    I would like to say your number 7 answer may be a misunderstanding of the question. Look at it again and see if you have the same answer.

    Also on #6 the difference is not that distinct… Ann seems to be more in line with the differences, I thought.

    But overall, excellent responses!

  5. I do not expect you to publish this, because you do not publish my other responsies, but here it is:

    1.What’s the penalty for sin?
    The penalty for sin is death, but to a Christian there is no penalty, because Jesus paid the price for us, so we are redeemed and forgiven.
    2.Who is the Holy Spirit?
    The Holy Spirit is the part of the Godhead who dwells with us and who comforts us and who speaks words of wisdom to us
    3.What’s the difference between temptation and testing?
    Temptation is when we are drawn away of our own lusts and enticed, testing is when we encounter the normal things of life, such as death of those we love or losing a job, we are tested to see if we will give into fear or trust in God for the peace and outcome.
    4.What does the word “propitiation” mean?
    Jesus is the propitiation, meaning substitution for the sacrifice of our sin nature which he took on the cross.
    5. True or false. Jesus said water baptism is a prerequisite for salvation.
    False- it is an action as a result of our salvation
    6. What’s the difference between condemnation and conviction?
    Condemnation is a sentence of death, given by the devil to those of God’s. Conviction is whern we know, as a result of our relationship with God that we have done wrong.
    7.Was man created holy?
    Absolutely. But we forgot who we were. Created in the image of God. Adam’s sin was each of our own, so we cannot blame it on him, or Eve. We have all chosen to do our own thing and go our own way,
    8.Was Jesus resurrected bodily or as a spirit?
    In Spirit, he was resurrected. In Spirit He continued to be with us.
    9.Why did Jesus have to die?
    To show us the way to a life filled with love. When someone greater than I, gives his life for me, it teaches me that I am loved my God.
    10.According to the author, what is the intent of the gospel of John?
    To show us what God is like. And the main teaching of John;s gospel is the love God has for his children.

  6. Virginia:

    Jesus Christ was bodily resurrected. Remember, the wounds in His Hands and on His sides. Remember that He ate fish and honeycomb. The mention of the fish and honeycomb in particular were not merely superfluous details but Holy Spirit inspired information for a reason.

  7. Virginia, excellent responses except for #8. You may want to go back and read those passages which specifically state what Job referenced.

    Also # 10 is just slightly off but not wrong.

    Thank you for sharing what you know.

  8. 1. death

    2. the third person of the Trinity

    3. temptation is of the devil and testing is from God

    4. to appease..in the case of the believer, God’s wrath has been satisfied and the believer is reconciled with God due to Jesus’ sacrifice

    5. false

    6. condemnation is used by the Devil to try to push people away from God and conviction is of the Holy Spirit to bring people to repentance

    7. yes

    8. bodily

    9. to pay our sin debt

    10. to proclaim the deity of Christ

  9. Djenk, I really like how you brought out that distinction on #6. Satan is the source of condemnation and the Holy Spirit is the source of conviction.
    Right on!

  10. 1. Death (Romans 3)
    2. Third PERSON of the Godhead, the Comforter, the Indweller, etc. His job is to witness of and magnify Christ.
    3. Teptation is the struggle with the things of the flesh–i.e., the desire to sin. Testing is more of a trial given by God to prove our faithfulness. This is not temptation, as God cannot tempt anyone.
    4. Not sure.
    5. Absolutely not. But what about Acts 2:38, etc.?
    6. Hmmm. Not sure.
    7. Adam and Eve? No. They were created innocent. Innocence is the absence of something (sin) while holiness is the presence of something (the righteousness of God.)
    8. Bodily. Absolutely. Perfected? Yes. Incorruptible? Of course. But physical? Uh, yeah. (How else do you read the Resurrection accounts?)
    9. Well, basically to satisfy the wrath of God–there needed to be a perfect sacrifice to pay for our sins, and we could not be that sacrifice,–because it had to be without spot or blemish–and since Jesus was and is God Almighty, he was the perfect satisfaction for God’s judgment.
    10. Basically to exalt and be a witness to the perfect deity of Jesus Christ.

  11. Thanks David A! Noted your point on #5 about Acts 2:38. The question dealt with baptism as a singular requirement rather than the verbal formula associated with it.

    Also interesting take on #7. We’ll have to look at that more closely.

  12. Re # 3 – What’s the difference between temptation and testing?

    Psalm 11:5 The LORD tests the righteous and the wicked,
    And the one who loves violence His soul hates.

    I though this might be interesting to re-call while reading some of these great responses. Nice test!

  13. Great post. Especially these days when doctrine is so twisted it is important to know what the pure truth says. Satan just changed a few words around with Eve and look at where that led.


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