Here’s an interesting exercise for my those with a deep Bible interest. It tests one’s understanding of the various terms in the Bible that describe spiritual conditions.
The Ellis Problem
Suppose that Ellis was present at the Temple on the day that Peter preached the sermon in Acts 2. Suppose that he was a Jew who was “cut to the heart” by Peter’s words, and that he repented of his sins, was baptized, and that he did it as a sincere pledge of a good conscience before God, just as instructed.
Using Bible language, how would you describe Ellis’ spiritual status the next day? Here are some Bible words around which you should form your response.
1. Was he SAVED?
2. Was he REDEEMED?
3. Was he WORTHY?
4. Was he JUSTIFIED?
5. Was he SANCTIFIED?
6. Was he FORGIVEN?
7. Was he a CHILD OF GOD?
8. Had he received the ADOPTION?
9. Had he received the INHERITANCE?
10. Had he received ETERNAL LIFE?
11. Had he entered the KINGDOM?
12. Was he GLORIFIED?
13. Was he RESURRECTED?
14. Had he INHERITED THE EARTH?
15. Was his BODY REDEEMED?
I’m working this through exercise now, and it requires some considerable thought and study —— or not! Do we understand thoroughly the usage of the terms above? Or is it fuzzy to us? An exercise like this can help reveal our level of understanding.