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

Romans 1:1-3

“Paul, a servant of Jesus Christ, called to be an apostle, separated unto the gospel of God, 
(Which he had promised afore by his prophets in the holy scriptures,) 
Concerning his Son Jesus Christ our Lord, which was made of the seed of David according to the flesh; “


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Let’s continue.

It is believed Paul probably wrote this letter around 58-60A.D.
Paul was on his third missionary journey.
He was in the house of Gaius.
He wrote this while in Corinth and probably sent this letter to Rome by a born again christian woman known as Phebe.
Paul wrote;
” I commend unto you Phebe our sister, which is a servant of the church which is at Cenchrea: “ Romans 16:1
Phebe was a servant in the church of Cenchrea to the women of the church.
Cenchrea was located on the sea coast near Corinth.
Imagine this woman, this sister in the Lord Jesus Christ carrying the letter Paul wrote to the Romans that would become so widely read and discussed, criticized and challenged by both the religious and the secular world for centuries to come.

 

Obviously, the Catholic church claims that Peter started this church in Rome.
The Bible does not indicate that Peter even made it to Rome. If he had, surely the Bible would have said so.
Paul just said about whoever started this church;
” Yea, so have I strived to preach the gospel, not where Christ was named, lest I should build upon another man’s foundation: “ Romans 15:20
I cannot with valid basis argue whether Peter started this church or not.
Scripture does not even reveal to us whether the one who started the church at Rome was an “apostle".
Obviously it was someone who believed in Jesus since Paul said to them;
” Among whom are ye also the called of Jesus Christ: 
To all that be in Rome, beloved of God, called to be saints: Grace to you and peace from God our Father, and the Lord Jesus Christ. 
First, I thank my God through Jesus Christ for you all, that your faith is spoken of throughout the whole world. “
Romans 1:6-8
Paul already had friends in Rome that he acknowledges in Romans chapter 16.

 

The book of Romans has had great influence on people.
1.) Romans influenced Augustine in his conversion to Jesus in 386A.D.
2.) For Martin Luther, Romans was a “gateway to Heaven.”
3.) John Wesley was converted to Jesus while listening to Martin Luther’s preface to Romans.

 

The church at Rome comprised both Jews who were converted to Jesus and Gentiles who were converted to Jesus.

 

Paul for sure identifies himself as the author of this book.
“Paul, a servant of Jesus Christ, called to be an apostle,”

 

Paul was once known as Saul.
Jesus called him Saul;
Saul, Saul, why persecutes thou me? Acts 9:4

 

Paul was a Benjamite, born in Tarsus… in Asia Minor.
Paul was also a Pharisee educated in Jerusalem.
He was also a Roman citizen.
Paul was once a persecutor of born again Christians, those who followed Jesus.
Paul became a born again christian.
Luke wrote about Paul quoting Paul saying;
“Men, brethren, and fathers, hear ye my defence which I make now unto you. 
(And when they heard that he spake in the Hebrew tongue to them, they kept the more silence: and he saith,) 
I am verily a man which am a Jew, born in Tarsus, a city in Cilicia, yet brought up in this city at the feet of Gamaliel, and taught according to the perfect manner of the law of the fathers, and was zealous toward God, as ye all are this day. 
And I persecuted this way unto the death, binding and delivering into prisons both men and women. 
As also the high priest doth bear me witness, and all the estate of the elders: from whom also I received letters unto the brethren, and went to Damascus, to bring them which were there bound unto Jerusalem, for to be punished. “
Acts 22:1-5

 

Paul became a preacher and writer of the gospel of Jesus Christ.
” And straightway he preached Christ in the synagogues, that he is the Son of God. “Acts 9:20

 

As far as canonization of the Scriptures, the letter to the Romans was placed at the beginning of Paul’s letters.
Probably because of the doctrinal content within.
The book of Romans does the following;
1.) Romans teaches of God’s wrath against sin
2.) Romans declares the world to be guilty of sin
3.) Romans teaches that the world needs to be forgiven of sin and needs salvation through Jesus Christ.
4.) Romans teaches how God deals with Jews and gentiles.
5.) Romans teaches even though no human being is good there is a way to be righteous and that is through faith in Jesus Christ.

 

In studying Romans we will learn about the Biblical doctrines of election, being chosen, predestination and eternal security. Let’s not forget the Biblical truth that Israel is “God’s chosen” and most of them still ended up in hell and will. Judas, one of Jesus’ disciples was also “chosen” and still ended up in hell.
In studying Romans we will learn that salvation and continued salvation hinges on faith and continuance in the faith.
In studying Romans we will learn that the Law does not save a soul but faith in Jesus does.

 

Paul said he was;
” called to be an apostle,”
The Greek word “apostolos” translated ” apostle” means an ambassador of the gospel, a commissioner of Christ, a delegate, one who is sent.
If there are any “apostles” today, they would clearly be recognized in their proclamations and witnessed and confirmed by God‘s Holy Spirit in us.
A true “apostle” would not be embarrassed or ashamed to preach that Jesus is the only way to Heaven since obviously he or she would be sent of God to proclaim this truth about Jesus.
Since the gospel of Jesus Christ includes everything listed here;
“Now ye are the body of Christ, and members in particular. 
And God hath set some in the church, first apostles, secondarily prophets, thirdly teachers, after that miracles, then gifts of healings, helps, governments, diversities of tongues. “
1 Corinthians 12:27-28
then obviously a church leader who would deny or reject anything in this list would be a fraud.
I will continue with this soon.

 

Wayne Brown