John 12:31 ( posted 11-26-13 )

Now is the judgment of this world: now shall the prince of this world be cast out.

 

 

Let's continue.

 

Now is the judgment of this world:

 

We will find that later in this chapter we are studying, Jesus clearly said;

And if any man hear my words, and believe not, I judge him not: for I came not to judge the world, but to save the world.John 12:47

 

At this moment Jesus inferred who will be the judge...referring to His Father;

He that rejecteth me, and receiveth not my words, hath one that judgeth him: the word that I have spoken, the same shall judge him in the last day. John 12:48

Even though Jesus said;

Now in the verse of our study, keep in mind that a day is as a thousand years and a thousand years is as a day to the Lord;

But, beloved, be not ignorant of this one thing, that one day is with the Lord as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day. 2 Peter 3:8

Nowcan be a very long time to us but to the Lord, almost immediate.

From the moment Jesus made this statement, in actuality the judgment of this world is at least ( though not limited to ) a two-fold process over a period of time consisting of more than 3007 years.

The signing of the 7 year peace treaty the “ antichrist “ brings the Jews and the Arabs to agreeing on in the future, commonly known among evangelicals as the 7 year tribulation period is referred to in the Holy Bible as the time of God's wrath. This is at least 2000 years from the time Jesus made this statement about this world's judgment being Now.

The next form of judgment is another 1000 years after this when God brings fire down from Heaven on the armies who once again gather around Jerusalem to destroy Jesus and the Jews...after satan is released from the abyss.

And when the thousand years are expired, Satan shall be loosed out of his prison,

And shall go out to deceive the nations which are in the four quarters of the earth, Gog and Magog, to gather them together to battle: the number of whom is as the sand of the sea.

And they went up on the breadth of the earth, and compassed the camp of the saints about, and the beloved city: and fire came down from God out of heaven, and devoured them. Revelation 20:7-9

 

The final judgment will be an undetermined length of time after this.

And I saw a great white throne, and him that sat on it, from whose face the earth and the heaven fled away; and there was found no place for them.

And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened: and another book was opened, which is the book of life: and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works.

And the sea gave up the dead which were in it; and death and hell delivered up the dead which were in them: and they were judged every man according to their works.

And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death.

And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire. Revelation 20:11-15

 

Again, keep in mind this final judgment will be at least 3007 years from the moment Jesus made this statement in the verse of our study.

 

 

 

now shall the prince of this world be cast out.

 

The Greek word “ archon “ translated prince means ruler, chief, magistrate, a first in rank or power.

Jesus said clearly about satan;

Hereafter I will not talk much with you: for the prince of this world cometh, and hath nothing in me. “   John 14:30

 

Paul called satan the god of this world;

In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them. “ 2 Corinthians 4:4

 

Once again, the now Jesus referred to in the verse of our study;

now shall the prince of this world be cast out.

will not happen to satan for at least 3007 years from the moment Jesus said this.

And the devil that deceived them was cast into the lake of fire and brimstone, where the beast and the false prophet are, and shall be tormented day and night for ever and ever. Revelation 20:10

 

 

Satan as the “ god “ and “ prince “ of this present world still has the ability to deceive and to mislead.

However, because of the death of Jesus, for those of us who believe in Jesus, satan has no stronghold over us. His power has been broken.

Yes, He can deceive even those of us who believe in Jesus but he has no power over people who believe in Jesus.

 

I will continue with verse 32 in the next study.

 

Wayne Brown

John 9:18-23 ( posted 1-9-11 )

 

“ But the Jews did not believe concerning him, that he had been blind, and received his sight, until they called the parents of him that had received his sight.

And they asked them, saying, Is this your son, who ye say was born blind? how then doth he now see?

His parents answered them and said, We know that this is our son, and that he was born blind:

But by what means he now seeth, we know not; or who hath opened his eyes, we know not: he is of age; ask him: he shall speak for himself.

These words spake his parents, because they feared the Jews: for the Jews had agreed already, that if any man did confess that he was Christ, he should be put out of the synagogue.

Therefore said his parents, He is of age; ask him. “

 

Let’s continue.

 

“ But the Jews did not believe concerning him, that he had been blind, and received his sight, until they called the parents of him that had received his sight. “

This is typical of human nature.

One moment people have an opinion about something and then in the next breath have a different opinion.

These Jews believed for a moment and then didn’t believe both that this was the same man that they all knew for years had been born blind and the fact that Jesus and only Jesus could have healed him.

In one fleeting moment these Pharisees believed this man to be the same man that everybody knew was born blind;

Then again the Pharisees also asked him how he had received his sight. “  verse 15

They knew he was the same man because they asked him how he received his sight.

And then in the next moment they decided not to believe he was the same man born blind;

“ But the Jews did not believe concerning him, that he had been blind, and received his sight, until they called the parents of him that had received his sight. “

This is a clear manifestation of willful ignorance…a total willful rejection of the obvious.

According to the Bible there are 2 kinds of ignorance.

1.) willful ignorance

2.) ignorance from lack of knowledge

 

1.) willful ignorance

 

Paul said this about the Jews;

For I would not, brethren, that ye should be ignorant of this mystery, lest ye should be wise in your own conceits; that blindness in part is happened to Israel, until the fulness of the Gentiles be come in. “  Romans 11:25

The Greek word “porosis” translated “ blindness “ in this verse means literally stupidity, callousness, blindness, hardness. This stupidity of Israel was not brought on by deception but rather brought on by their own choice. This is willful ignorance…to see the obvious that cannot be denied and yet to live in denial and rejection of it.

Not only are Jews given to willful ignorance but most of humanity is.

Peter mentioned willful ignorance when he said;

For this they willingly are ignorant of, that by the word of God the heavens were of old,…“  2 Peter 3:5

 

2.) ignorance from lack of knowledge

 

“  And if any one of the common people sin through ignorance, while he doeth somewhat against any of the commandments of the LORD concerning things which ought not to be done, and be guilty;

Or if his sin, which he hath sinned, come to his knowledge:…“  Leviticus 4:27-28

 

Nothing can be more frustrating than to hear a preacher say one thing and then say just the opposite.

It is clearly a manifestation that he is not sure what he believes from lack of study or simply a show of willful ignorance.

 

 

“And they asked them, saying, Is this your son, who ye say was born blind? how then doth he now see?

His parents answered them and said, We know that this is our son, and that he was born blind:

But by what means he now seeth, we know not; or who hath opened his eyes, we know not: he is of age; ask him: he shall speak for himself.

These words spake his parents, because they feared the Jews: for the Jews had agreed already, that if any man did confess that he was Christ, he should be put out of the synagogue.

Therefore said his parents, He is of age; ask him. “

 

The parents were not going to deny that he was their son but they sure were not going to get involved in the fact that Jesus healed their son because they feared the Jewish leaders;

“ These words spake his parents, because they feared the Jews: “

 

There was and still is a price to pay when we follow Jesus.

“ for the Jews had agreed already, that if any man did confess that he was Christ, he should be put out of the synagogue. “

 

If you are suffering because of your faith in Jesus, as difficult as it may seem, rejoice in this fact.

Jesus promised us;

Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake.

Rejoice, and be exceeding glad: for great is your reward in heaven: for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you.  “ Matthew 5:11-12

 

If you try to hide your faith in Jesus because of embarrassment…Jesus also promised this;

Whosoever therefore shall be ashamed of me and of my words in this adulterous and sinful generation; of him also shall the Son of man be ashamed, when he cometh in the glory of his Father with the holy angels.  “  Mark 8:38

 

David said;

In thee, O LORD, do I put my trust; let me never be ashamed: deliver me in thy righteousness.  “  Psalm 31:1

 

Paul said;

For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.  ‘

Romans 1:16

 

If you are involved in a church company or group that would cast you out because of your faith in Jesus then you probably have no business being there anyway.

According to the Bible you need to have fellowship with people of like faith - that is, the same faith as yours.

 

 

I will continue with verse 24 soon.

 

Wayne Brown

John 9:17 ( posted 1-6-11 )

" They say unto the blind man again, What sayest thou of him, that he hath opened thine eyes? He said, He is a prophet. "

 

Let's continue.

This is an interesting question coming from these Pharisees;

"  What sayest thou of him, that he hath opened thine eyes? "

We find throughout this story that some of the Jews and Pharisees did not believe that Jesus healed this man born blind but yet within their own question they make this statement;

" that he hath opened thine eyes? "

Now, if they did not believe that Jesus healed him, why did they say He did??

" that he hath opened thine eyes? "

This is to be compared to atheists who say they do not believe God exists but yet they use His name in their cursing and swaring and they always blame God for the condition of their life and the condition of the world...the very one they say does not exist!!  

 

Here is another interesting point in this story.

The man born blind responded with this answer to their question about who he thought Jesus is;

" He said, He is a prophet. "

The Greek word " prophetes " translated " prophet " means a foreteller, an inspired speaker, and can mean a poet.

If you remember as I said in an earlier study, Jesus healed this man without requiring any commitment from him in faith nor did Jesus require him to be a follower of Him at all.

Jesus healed this man for one reason;

"  but that the works of God should be made manifest in him. "  verse 3

This man born blind had no clue who or what Jesus is.

And Jesus still healed him.

This man's response to the Pharisees question is quite similar to people's view of Jesus today.

Former President George W. Bush said that Jesus was " a great philosopher."  To my knowledge, this is all he thinks of Jesus.

Founder of Focus on the Family James Dobson and currently president Jim Daly mention Jesus is a way to Heaven or at least a prophet or whatever. To my knowledge they have never publicly said that Jesus is the only way to Heaven... as Jesus claimed to be.

Megachurch pastor Rick Warren has said Jesus is a way to Heaven. To my knoweldge he has never publicly said that Jesus is the only way to Heaven...as Jesus claimed to be.

Megachurch pastor Joel Osteen has said that Jesus is a way to Heaven but also believes that God has alternative ways to Heaven for people who do not believe in Jesus.

People in general know that Jesus existed 2000 years ago but like these people, they look at Jesus in different ways other than exactly what Jesus claimed about Himself.

Jesus did not say He is a way to Heaven but rather the way to Heaven.

Jesus claimed to be God and the same as God the Father.

Jesus claimed to be existent even before Abraham lived.

Jesus claimed to be with God as God even before the planet we call earth was created.

Jesus claimed to be the only way we can reach God the Father, not a way.

Jesus claimed we cannot have a relationship with God without going through Him first.

Many world religions also make these same claims.

Even within the realm of evangelicalism there are church companies like the Assemblies of God, Church of God and many more companies who make these claims.

The question that these Pharisees asked this man born blind still remains to this day;

" What sayest thou of him, "

I will continue with verse 18 soon.

Wayne Brown

John 9:17 ( posted 1-6-11 )

" They say unto the blind man again, What sayest thou of him, that he hath opened thine eyes? He said, He is a prophet. "

Let's continue.

This is an interesting question coming from these Pharisees;

"  What sayest thou of him, that he hath opened thine eyes? "

We find throughout this story that some of the Jews and Pharisees did not believe that Jesus healed this man born blind but yet within their own question they make this statement;

" that he hath opened thine eyes? "

Now, if they did not believe that Jesus healed him, why did they say He did??

" that he hath opened thine eyes? "

This is to be compared to atheists who say they do not believe God exists but yet they use His name in their cursing and swaring and they always blame God for the condition of their life and the condition of the world...the very one they say does not exist!!

 

Here is another interesting point in this story.

The man born blind responded with this answer to their question about who he thought Jesus is;

" He said, He is a prophet. "

The Greek word " prophetes " translated " prophet " means a foreteller, an inspired speaker, and can mean a poet.

If you remember as I said in an earlier study, Jesus healed this man without requiring any commitment from him in faith nor did Jesus require him to be a follower of Him at all.

Jesus healed this man for one reason;

"  but that the works of God should be made manifest in him. " verse 3

This man born blind had no clue who or what Jesus is.

And Jesus still healed him.

This man's response to the Pharisees question is quite similar to people's view of Jesus today.

Former President George W. Bush said that Jesus was " a great philosopher."  To my knowledge, this is all he thinks of Jesus.

Founder of Focus on the Family James Dobson and currently president Jim Daly mention Jesus is a way to Heaven or at least a prophet or whatever. To my knowledge they have never publicly said that Jesus is the only way to Heaven... as Jesus claimed to be.

Megachurch pastor Rick Warren has said Jesus is a way to Heaven. To my knoweldge he has never publicly said that Jesus is the only way to Heaven...as Jesus claimed to be.

Megachurch pastor Joel Osteen has said that Jesus is a way to Heaven but also believes that God has alternative ways to Heaven for people who do not believe in Jesus.

People in general know that Jesus existed 2000 years ago but like these people, they look at Jesus in different ways other than exactly what Jesus claimed about Himself.

Jesus did not say He is a way to Heaven but rather the way to Heaven.

Jesus claimed to be God and the same as God the Father.

Jesus claimed to be existent even before Abraham lived.

Jesus claimed to be with God as God even before the planet we call earth was created.

Jesus claimed to be the only way we can reach God the Father, not a way.

Jesus claimed we cannot have a relationship with God without going through Him first.

Many world religions also make these same claims.

Even within the realm of evangelicalism there are evangelical church companies like the Assemblies of God, Church of God and many more companies who make these claims.

The question that these Pharisees asked this man born blind still remains to this day;

" What sayest thou of him, "

I will continue with verse 18 soon.

Wayne Brown