Read & Ponder Scripture, Answer Questions & Learn or Just Discover What You Believe! Reformed Doctrine Quiz Version 3.0 Revised January, 2019  
Instructions:
In the left column, are some Bible passages / verses. You may read them here, or look them up in your favorite version of the Bible. Note carefully, what the passages say, without adding your own thoughts to what the Bible says, nor taking anything away from what the Bible says.
This page will repearedly push you to consider what the texts actually say. Then, moving over to the right by one column, and down a little, you will see questions asked, about what the passages and verses reveal. To the right of the questions, is the answer column. In the answer column, you can use the drop down function to reveal possible answers to the questions. Your job, is to either acknowledge what the text just taught you, or deny what you just read. Either way, you will learn a little about yourself and what you believe, and about what the Bible teaches about these things. It is suggested, that you choose the answer which best reflects what the test of the verse says, but if you prefer to believe otherwise, you are of course free to express an answer more in agreement with what you believe, instead of what the scripture says. Hopefully, they are the same thing. There is no score here. It is up to you to take personal inventory, of the degree to which you agree with the Bible verses provided. If you are a Bible believer, then you know that all of these verses are true, and any perceived cotradictions, indicate an error our understanding.
 
Passages and Verses to Read and Think About Questions to Answer My Answers (me as the reader of this web page)  
       
Ponder the following verses:
John 6:44 No one can come to Me, unless the Father who sent Me draws them and I will raise him up on the last day.
John 6:65
No one can come to Me unless it has been granted from the Father.
     
  1. Do you believe it is necessary to come to Jesus, in order to receive salvation?
 
  2. According to John 6, whom did Jesus say could come to Him of their own free will and choice: Anyone, everyone, or no one?
 
  3. In john 6, which came first, the action of the Father, or the coming of the person?
 
  4. Based upon those verses in John, would you suppose that everyone is drawn / given / granted to come to Jesus and be raised up on the last day, or does it sound like just some people are?
 
  5. Is free will to come to Jesus expressed in these verses in John 6?
 
Ponder the following verses:
Matt 11:20 Then He began to denounce the cities in which most of His miracles were done, because they did not repent. 21 “Woe to you, Chorazin! Woe to you, Bethsaida! For if  the miracles had occurred in Tyre and Sidon which occurred in you, they would have repented long ago in sackcloth and ashes. 22 “Nevertheless I say to you, it will be more tolerable for Tyre and Sidon in the day of judgment than for you. 23 “And you, Capernaum, will not be exalted to heaven, will you? You will descend to Hades; for if the miracles had occurred in Sodom which occurred in you, it would have remained to this day. 24 “Nevertheless I say to you that it will be more tolerable for the land of Sodom in the day of judgment, than for you.”
25 At that time Jesus said, “I praise You, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that You have hidden these things from the wise and intelligent and have revealed them to infants. 26 “Yes, Father, for this way was well-pleasing in Your sight.
27 “All things have been handed over to Me by My Father; and no one knows the Son except the Father; nor does
anyone know the Father except the Son, and anyone to whom the Son wills to reveal Him.
28 “Come to Me, all who are weary and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest.
 
  6. What do you think were the things that Jesus said, which the Father hid? Just something to think about, an opinion question, if you have any  thoughts, you may write them here.  
  7. Why would God hide matters pertaining to salvation from people, even if they are wise?
 
  8. According to verse 27, how does one come to know the Father and Son?
 
  9. In verse 27, does everyone know the Father, or is Jesus selective about who He reveals the Father to?
 
  10. In verse 28, who is it that CAN come? (Refer back to John 6:44, 65)
 
  11. In verse 28, we see the word “All”. That invitation is to all who are weary. But since we know from John 6 (which we looked at earlier) that not all are able to come, but only those whom the Father has drawn. Should we conclude that this refers to the entire world, or to all who have been selected according to God’s choice?
 
Ponder the following:
John 10:11, 14-16, and 24-28
11 "I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep. 14 "I am the good shepherd; I know my sheep and my sheep know me-- 15 just as the Father knows me and I know the Father--and I lay down my life for the sheep. 16 I have other sheep that are not of this sheep pen. I must bring them also. They too will listen to my voice, and there shall be one flock and one shepherd.
24 The Jews gathered around him, saying, "How long will you keep us in suspense? If you are the Christ, tell us plainly." 25 Jesus answered, "I did tell you, but you do not
believe. The miracles I do in my Father's name speak for me, 26
but you do not believe because you are not my sheep. 27 My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me. 28 I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; no one can snatch them out of my hand.
     
  12. In John 10:11 & John 10:14 Jesus said He is the Good Shepherd. Who does He lay His life down for?
 
  13. In John 10:16 Jesus said that He had sheep of another pen. Who do you think these other sheep are that He is going to bring in?
 
  14. According to verse 26,  why did the specific Jews Jesus was speaking to, not believe?
 
  15. Jesus said He died for His sheep and then said these Jews are “not His sheep.” He said that His sheep hear His voice, and follow Him, and that He gives them eternal life. According to the text, did Jesus die for and give eternal life to these non-believing Jews?
 
Ponder:
John 5:21 For just as the Father raises the dead and gives them life, even so the Son also gives life to whom He wishes.
   
  16. To whom does the Son give life, according to John 5:21?
 
  17. Does Jesus say, that He gives life to everyone, or does John 5:21 sound like the list of people that Jesus gives life to, is limited?
 
  18. Is it those who receive life who get to determine this, or is it the Son who does?
 
Read and consider the following:
Acts 13:37-39 and 44-48
37 He whom God raised did not undergo decay. 38 "Therefore let it be known to you, brethren, that through Him forgiveness of sins is proclaimed to you, 39 and through Him everyone who believes is freed from all things, from which you could not be freed through the Law of Moses.
44 The next Sabbath nearly the whole city assembled to hear the word of the Lord. 45 But when the Jews saw the crowds, they were filled with jealousy and began contradicting the things spoken by Paul, and were blaspheming.
46 Paul and Barnabas spoke out boldly and said,
“It was necessary that the word of God be spoken to you first; since you repudiate it and judge yourselves unworthy of eternal life, behold, we are turning to the Gentiles. 47 “For so the Lord has commanded us,
 ‘I HAVE PLACED YOU AS A LIGHT FOR THE GENTILES,
 THAT YOU MAY BRING SALVATION TO THE END OF THE EARTH.’”
48
When the Gentiles heard this, they began rejoicing and glorifying the word of the Lord; and as many as had been appointed to eternal life believed.
   
  19. In verse 46 of Acts 13, what was it that the Jews there were repudiating or refusing to accept?
 
  20. In that same verse, what was it that Paul said that the Jews there were judging themselves unworthy of?
 
  21. Because of this, what did Paul and Barnabus decide to do instead of preaching the word of God to the Jews?
 
  22. How far is salvation to spread?
 
  23. Does this mean every single person will get saved?
 
  24. When the Gentiles heard the message of the gospel, how many of them were saved?
 
  25. What was the determining factor?
 
 
26. Some people believe that God saves people, based on His foreknowledge of who will respond to His invitation.
Would you say that this passage fits in with that understanding?
 
  27. According to Acts 14:48, did God react to their belief and then appoint them to eternal life or did God appoint them to eternal life and then they believed?
 
Consider Acts 18:9-11:
9 One night the Lord spoke to Paul in a vision: "Do not be afraid; keep on speaking, do not be silent. 10 For I am with you, and no one is going to attack and harm you, because I have many people in this city." 11 So Paul stayed for a year and a half, teaching them the word of God
 
  27. Why did God want Paul to keep preaching?
 
  28. When did these many people in the city “belong to God”? 
 
  29. Why did Paul stay for 18 months if these people already belonged to God? Wouldn’t they get saved anyway, if God meant what He said? Do you think that maybe Paul realized that evangelism is still necessary because God ordains the means to salvation as well as the end of salvation itself.
 
Think about these verses: Romans 11:7-8
7 What then? That which Israel is seeking for, it has not obtained, but those who were chosen obtained it, and the rest were hardened; 8 just as it is written, "GOD GAVE THEM A SPIRIT OF STUPOR, EYES TO SEE NOT AND EARS TO HEAR NOT, DOWN TO THIS VERY DAY."
   
  30. Did Israel find what it was seeking (VS. 7)?
 
  31. Who did find what Israel was seeking (VS. 7)?
 
  32. What happened to those who did not receive (VS.7)?
 
  33. Who acted, and in what way, to insure this result (VS. 8)?
 
The context here, is in the end times, but consider 2 Thessalonians 2:10-14
10 and with all the deception of wickedness for those who perish, because they did not receive the love of the truth so as to be saved. 11 And for this reason God will send upon them a deluding influence so that they might believe what is false,
12 in order that they all may be judged who did not believe the truth, but took pleasure in wickedness.13 But we should always give thanks to God for you, brethren beloved by the Lord, because God has chosen you from the beginning for salvation through sanctification by the Spirit and faith in the
truth.14 And it was for this He called you through our gospel, that you may gain the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ.
 
  34. In verse 11,  what does the Bible say that God will do?
 
  35. Why did God send the deluding influence? (Look in the last of verse 10 and first of verse 12!)
 
  36. Who does Paul say we (Paul and his fellows) should give thanks for, and to whom (v. 13)?
 
  37. What reason did Paul we should give thanks? See verse 13. Pay particular attention to the verb, God’s action, and when He did what He did.
 
  38. According to verses 13 and 14, did God choose these Thessalonian believers for a plan, a destiny, a blessing, for salvation, or what?
 
Now think about this one, Colossians 2:13-14
13 And when you were dead in your transgressions and the uncircumcision of your flesh, He made you alive together with Him, having forgiven us all our transgressions, 14 having canceled out the certificate of debt consisting of decrees against us and which was hostile to us; and He has taken it out of the way, having nailed it to the cross.
 
  39. What was the Colossians former condition?
 
  40. How did they come to be alive?
 
  41. Can you name 5 things God did in that passage?  
  42. What part did the Colossians contribute to their salvation in those verses?
 
Philippians 1:29 29 For to you it has been granted for Christ's sake, not only to believe in Him, but also to suffer for His sake  
  43. What was it that has been granted to believers?
 
  44. Do you believe that unbelievers have been granted the privilege of suffering for the sake of Christ?
 
  45. Would you say that these verses teach that unbelievers choose to believe or that the ability to believe is granted?
 
Romans 9:10-13
10 And not only this, but there was Rebekah also, when she had conceived twins by one man, our father Isaac; 11 for though the twins were not yet born, and had not done anything good or bad, in order that God's purpose according to His choice might stand, not because of works, but because of Him who calls, 12 it was said to her,
"THE OLDER WILL SERVE THE YOUNGER." 13 Just as it is written, "JACOB I LOVED, BUT ESAU I HATED." 14 What shall we say then? There is no injustice with God, is there? May it never be!
 
  46. One of Rebekah’s sons was chosen and one was not. When did this choice occur? Had they been born yet?
 
  47. Had they done anything good to earn favor? Had they done anything bad to lose favor?
 
  48. Why was one chosen and the other not? (V 11)
 
 
  49. Even IF the words “loved” and “hated” don’t really mean “loved” and “hated,” is there not at least some sense of differentiation between the levels of love implied?
 
  50. According to verse 14 then, does this make God “unjust”?
 
Romans 9:15-19
15 For He says to Moses, "I WILL HAVE MERCY ON WHOM I HAVE MERCY, AND I WILL HAVE COMPASSION ON WHOM I HAVE COMPASSION." 16 So then it does not depend on the man who wills or the man who runs, but on God who has
mercy. 17 For the Scripture says to Pharaoh, "FOR THIS VERY PURPOSE I RAISED YOU UP, TO DEMONSTRATE MY POWER IN YOU, AND THAT MY NAME MIGHT BE PROCLAIMED THROUGHOUT THE WHOLE EARTH." 18 So then He has mercy on whom He desires, and He hardens whom He desires. 19 You will say to me then, "Why does He still find fault? For who can resist His will?"
 
  51. On whom will God show mercy and compassion?
 
  52. Who makes the determining choice?
 
  53. Does this mercy depend on man’s will and efforts? (Vs. 16)
 
  54. Does it depend on God’s will? (Vs.16)
 
  55. Why does the Bible say that God allowed Pharaoh to assume power in Egypt?
 
  56. Who does God have mercy on, according to vs. 18?
 
  57. Besides mercy, what else does God do as He sees fit in vs. 18?
 
  58. In verse 19, Paul anticipates a question, someone might ask. Does this question enter your mind too, and do you think this makes God “unfair?”
 
Romans 9:20-24  20 On the contrary, who are you, O man, who answers back to God? The thing molded will not say to the molder, "Why did you make me like this," will it? 21 Or does not the potter have a right over the clay, to make from the same lump one vessel for honorable use, and another for common use? 22 What if God, although willing to demonstrate His wrath and to make His power known, endured with much patience vessels of wrath prepared for destruction? 23 And He did so in order that He might make known the riches of His glory upon vessels of mercy, which He prepared beforehand for glory, 24 even us, whom He also called, not from among Jews only, but also from among Gentiles.    
  59. What is the response given to one who dares to suggest that election is not right, fair, Godly or good?
 
  60. Who is the “molder” and who is molded? Which one is superior?
 
  61. What two thing can the potter do with the single lump of clay?
 
  62. God is willing to make his power and wrath known yet is patient. Why? (See verses 22-23).
 
  63. According to verse 23, when were the “vessels of mercy” prepared?
 
  64. Who is called in verse 24? Everyone, or from among everyone?
 
Notes from me (the creator of this webpage) to you: This study was prepared relying heavily on material written by another. I modified a lot of the wording, added a lot of questions, rephrased much to make it (I think) easier to understand. I do not know who the original author was, and have not been able (so far) to discover that and give him (or her) the credit he/she deserves. The scriptures are unaltered, but the questions were selected to emphasize certain specific doctrines, so there is a bias there. However, I believe that I have successfully preserved the teachings of the Bible in these selections, and seek to make the reader aware of how much scripture there is which supports, what are sometimes referred to as the doctrines of grace, or the reformed position. I suggest that you read the scriptures with an open heart and mind, and receive what it is, that the Lord would have you learn from them and from Himself, not from me. My opinion counts for nothing.  
I hope you found these passages and associated questions interesting and helpfu for gaining understanding of the Biblical basis of what is known as reformed theology. You can find out more on the topic, by clicking the link below:  
https://www.ligonier.org/learn/series/what_is_reformed_theology/